AFC North: 2011 Flash Points

What key event significantly changed the fortunes of the Browns -- for better or worse? Give us your take and we’ll give you our definitive moment May 18.

Few NFL teams have a more polarizing history than the Cleveland Browns. It's filled with championship highs and the lowest of lows, including horrible postseason luck and a franchise move.

Using our SportsNation poll, we ask Browns fans to narrow it down and pick one moment that best defines the team's history.

Was it the Browns' first NFL championship in 1950? The team had won titles before, but this was the first of four since joining the NFL. The Browns' last NFL championship in 1964 remains the most recent pro sports title in Cleveland.

How about drafting Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown in 1957? Brown is often viewed as the greatest running back in NFL history -- and some believe the best overall player. He remains Cleveland's most recognizable face.

On the negative side, you have "The Fumble" and "The Drive" in which the Denver Broncos broke the hearts of the Browns fans in back-to-back years. Were these the defining moments for the franchise? Or was it when former Browns owner Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore, a move Cleveland is still trying to recover from?

If you vote Other, give us your suggestion in the comments area below.
What key event significantly changed the fortunes of the Bengals -- for better or worse? Give us your take and we’ll give you our definitive moment May 18.

Despite their struggles the past two decades, the Cincinnati Bengals also have a collection of good moments in their history. Using our SportsNation poll, we ask Bengals fans to sift through the good and bad to select the most defining moment in franchise history.

Was it in 1968, when Hall of Fame coach Paul Brown started the franchise? Brown was a great football mind who brought his knowledge and successful track record to Cincinnati.

Twelve years later, the Bengals made their best draft pick by selecting left tackle Anthony Munoz, another Hall of Famer. Munoz protected quarterbacks Ken Anderson and Boomer Esiason and helped lead Cincinnati to two Super Bowl appearances.

Speaking of Super Bowls, was the last-minute loss to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIII Cincinnati's defining moment? The Bengals nearly won it all for the first time before 49ers quarterback Joe Montana worked his magic. Cincinnati hasn't come close to winning a Super Bowl since.

Or was Mike Brown taking over as owner the team's biggest defining moment? Brown has been criticized heavily in Cincinnati, which hasn't won a playoff game in 20 years under his leadership.

Let us know the Bengals' most defining moment. If you vote Other, give us your suggestion in the comments area below.
What key event significantly changed the fortunes of the Ravens -- for better or worse? Give us your take and we'll give you our definitive moment May 18.

The Baltimore Ravens have only been in existence since 1996. But already this franchise has had several memorable moments. We're using our SportsNation poll to ask Ravens fans to vote for their team's most defining moment.

The Ravens created a solid foundation in 1996 when they used first-round draft picks on future Hall of Famers Jonathan Ogden at left tackle and Ray Lewis at middle linebacker. Was this starting point Baltimore's most important moment? Or was it four years later in Super Bowl XXXV following the 2000 season, when Lewis won MVP honors and led the Ravens to their first and only championship?

Brian Billick was hired as head coach in 1999, took the Ravens to the next level, and remains the only Baltimore head coach to win a championship. The Ravens also had another significant draft pick in 2002: safety Ed Reed, a future Hall of Famer who has greatly influenced the way the Ravens have played defense for nearly a decade.

Cast your vote on Baltimore's defining moment. If you vote Other, give us your suggestion in the comments area below.
What key event significantly changed the fortunes of the Steelers -- for better or worse? Give us your take and we'll give you our definitive moment on May 18.

When you've won more Super Bowls (six) than any team in NFL history, there are a lot of great moments that can define a franchise. But which moment best defines the rich history of the Pittsburgh Steelers?

Was it the "Immaculate Reception" when Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris took an improbable catch the distance to beat the Oakland Raiders late in a 1972 playoff game? What about Pittsburgh's Super Bowl X victory over the Dallas Cowboys, which capped its first of two back-to-back title runs in the 1970s?

Pittsburgh's 1974 draft class to land linebacker Jack Lambert, center Mike Webster and receivers Lynn Swann and John Stallworth -- all Hall of Famers -- is often viewed as the best ever and led to four championships. Was that the defining moment in Steelers history? Or was it coach Chuck Noll's hiring in 1969?

There are tons of great moments for the Steelers. But using our SportsNation poll, we ask our community to pick the most defining moment in Pittsburgh history.

If you vote Other, give us your suggestion in the comments area below.

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