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Once 'black and blue,' some in AFC North closer to down and out
Once 'black and blue,' some in AFC North closer to down and out

The logic was sound. The Ravens were the defending Super Bowl champions and hadn't missed the playoffs since 2007. The Cincinnati Bengals made the playoffs in consecutive seasons and were poised to take the next step. The Pittsburgh Steelers haven't had a losing season since 2003, so they wouldn't be mediocre for long. And the Cleveland Browns, well, they were still the Browns and in the midst of another rebuilding project. When the regular season started eight weeks ago, plenty of pundits labeled the AFC North one of the top divisions in the NFL. However, as the season reaches its midpoint this weekend, three of the four teams in the division find themselves headed in the...

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