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AFC Wide Open: Who Will Step Up?

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In the NFC the Green Bay Packers appear to be the class of the division, but the AFC is wide open. The Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots and Houston Texans all have three losses. The Cincinnati Bengals and Oakland Raiders have four. If the Ravens do not find a way to keep it all together on a weekly basis they may find themselves fighting for a wildcard position again.

The Baltimore Ravens have had an up and down year to say the least. With three losses to sub-par opponents many fans have been on the verge of jumping ship. Nevertheless, here the Ravens sit as the number two seed in the AFC and a relatively easy schedule for the rest of the season. The problem is, the Patriots and Steelers schedules may be easier, and they tend to beat the teams they should beat.

The Patriots play the Eagles, Colts, Redskins, Broncos, Dolphins and Bills

The Steelers play the Chiefs, Bengals, Browns, 49ers, Rams and Browns again.

The Ravens play the 49ers, Browns, Colts, Chargers, Browns and the Bengals

All three teams remaining schedules look fairly soft until you see the three teams that have beaten Baltimore. If this trend continues the Ravens could be looking at a 10-6 season which may just be good enough to sneak in the sixth seed. I highly doubt this would happen but I also highly doubted we would lose to the Seahawks and Jaguars. Anything can happen with this team and Ravens fans should prepare for all of the above until this season is in the books.

This is usually the time of year that the great teams go on their run. I'm sure the Patriots and Steelers are preparing for theirs. The problem with our Ravens is that I'm not to sure they know what their problem is. I think they are just going to line up the same team out there with the same plays every week and hope for the best. Now, I'm sure there is a lot more going on than just that but with no one telling us anything new, what are we supposed to think?