The AFC North is arguably the NFL's toughest division. In 2011 all four teams ranked in the top 10 for total defense and the division sent three representatives to the AFC playoffs.
Here are the key weaknesses that may hold the rugged AFC North back during the 2012 NFL season:
Baltimore Ravens: Play calling on offense
Despite making it to the AFC Championship game, the Baltimore Ravens often find a way to confound themselves. That way usually involves some questionable play calling on offense.
Coordinator Cam Cameron seems determined to make quarterback Joe Flacco the focal point of the Ravens' attack. The problem is that this desire often comes at the expense of the unit's best player, running back Ray Rice.
In a Monday Night defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 7, Rice had only eight carries. The disturbing pattern was repeated in a Week 10 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, where Rice was given just five carries.
These are both teams the Ravens should beat. Despite the investment in 2008 first-round pick, Flacco, the Ravens are still a running football team.