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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Thought of the Day: Ravens and Steelers

By James Walker
ESPN.com

When it comes to the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, the annual goal is the division title and a shot at the Super Bowl.

Neither team accomplished those objectives in 2009. So in our latest "Thought of the Day" in the AFC North, we want to know which team has the easier fix this offseason: Baltimore or Pittsburgh?

Both clubs finished with identical records in the regular season. But the Ravens made the playoffs and won a wild-card game. Are they closer to Super Bowl contention in 2010?

Pittsburgh also had nine wins in the regular season and finished on a three-game winning streak. The Steelers were inconsistent. But with a healthy Troy Polamalu next season, will Pittsburgh return to the AFC's elite?

Both teams have needs. But as of January, which team is closer to contending?

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