Steelers top AFC North Power Rankings

August, 9, 2011
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No one is buying my claim that the Baltimore Ravens will unseat the Pittsburgh Steelers this season in the AFC North.

Oh well. I will stay on my island with that prediction.

ESPN.com released its first Power Rankings of the 2011 season. Our panel voted the Steelers No. 5 and Baltimore No. 9. I was the only voter to rate the Ravens (No. 6) slightly ahead of the Steelers (No. 7).

Regardless, the AFC North is shaping up to be a two-team race. The Ravens and Steelers will play at the beginning of the season in Baltimore on Sept. 11. That will be a huge tone-setter for both teams.

The Cleveland Browns were No. 30 and the Cincinnati Bengals were No. 32. Both teams will play in the Week 1 “Battle of Ohio.”

Did our panel get the AFC North right? Was there a team too high or too low?

Share your thoughts below.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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