Originally written August 28, 2013 on Fox Sports:
No Ray Lewis or Ed Reed steadying Baltimore's championship defense. James Harrison? Traded in his Steelers' black-and-gold for tiger stripes. There's a lot of change at the top of the AFC North, which has unsurpassed success at sending teams to the playoffs - and winning championships - over the last five years. And there's an upstart contender this time around: a Cincinnati team that has the fewest changes in the league. Looking for playoff favorites? The North is still the place to be, although the pecking order might be in need of a change. Five things to watch in the NFL's toughest division: THE TOUGHEST CORNER ON THE BLOCK: In the last five years, no division has sent more teams to the playoffs than the AFC North - 11 overall. It's the only division that has sent at least two each season, including three in 2011. Those Northerners have reached the Super Bowl three times, claiming two titles. The Ravens have reached the playoffs each of the last five...
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