Our offseason Power Rankings series has examined the very best at a variety of positions, and it turns out the AFC North is holding its own near the top of the overall standings.
NFC West blogger Mike Sando updated the most recent scorecard, and the AFC North (669 points) is third, only a few points behind the NFC East (674) and significantly behind the clubhouse leader -- the NFC North (793) -- for the top spot. We still have several more Power Rankings to go, but the AFC North is showing its quality, depth and talent across the board.
The AFC North made a recent surge up the Power Rankings following a pair of strong showings the past two weeks.
The division recently dominated in the safety rankings, with Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens finishing No. 1 and No. 2, respectively. This week's ownership Power Rankings also saw the Steelers finish No. 1 with the Rooney family and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti at No. 6, adding to the total tally.
What is impressive is the AFC North is sitting at the top of the standings with virtually no help from two teams in the division.
The Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals have contributed just nine points combined out of a possible 669. Peyton Hillis of Cleveland garnered two points for running backs, and Johnathan Joseph of Cincinnati added seven points for corners. But neither player cracked the top 10 at their positions.