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Steelers, AFC North face tremendous challenges

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has to read the new 2008 schedule and weep, while Patriots coach Bill Belichick should look forward to a magic-carpet ride to January, John Clayton writes.

Originally Published: April 15, 2008
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The flag that will hang above the eventual winner of the AFC North will be tattered and torn.

Now that the 2008 NFL schedule is released, it looks worse on paper for AFC North teams than it did at the end of the regular season when opponents weren't attached to dates. The AFC North faces the perfect storm of nondivision opponents, a storm that hits as hard as an F5 tornado.

The AFC North faces the AFC South and the NFC East, divisions coming off ...

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