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AFC North Preview -- 2013

The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl ... then promptly let a number of players leave, many on the defensive side. Will this open things up for the longtime division stalwart Pittsburgh Steelers or the upstart Cincinnati Bengals?

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Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel: offensive linemen, and the first two picks in the 2013 NFL draft. (In case we needed more evidence that the men up front are of paramount importance to football teams.) Now, neither finds himself on the list of top trenchmen -- yet. So until one or both make it, let's sort out the league's best. Click on the images to set your rankings!

NFL offensive linemen

Duane Brown

Duane Brown

T, Texans

Ryan Clady

Ryan Clady

T, Broncos

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis

T, 49ers

Jahri Evans

Jahri Evans

G, Saints

Mike Iupati

Mike Iupati

G, 49ers

Matt Kalil

Matt Kalil

T, Vikings

Ryan Kalil

Ryan Kalil

C, Panthers

Jake Long

Jake Long

T, Rams

Nick Mangold

Nick Mangold

C, Jets

Logan Mankins

Logan Mankins

G, Patriots

Carl Nicks

Carl Nicks

G, Buccaneers

Russell Okung

Russell Okung

T, Seahawks

Maurkice Pouncey

Maurkice Pouncey

C, Steelers

Mike Pouncey

Mike Pouncey

C, Dolphins

Joe Staley

Joe Staley

T, 49ers

John Sullivan

John Sullivan

C, Vikings

Joe Thomas

Joe Thomas

T, Browns

Max Unger

Max Unger

C, Seahawks

Trent Williams

Trent Williams

T, Redskins

Marshal Yanda

Marshal Yanda

G, Ravens

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Defense might not be winning championships these days -- the Baltimore Ravens, after all, were fairly middle-of-the-road -- but it certainly doesn't hurt; the Super Bowl runner-up San Francisco 49ers had one of the league's best defenses a season ago, as did many of the league's playoff teams. How do the contenders stack up on that side of the ball in 2013? Click on the logos below to set your rankings!

NFL Defenses

49ers

49ers

2012 YPG Rank: 3rd
2012 PPG Rank: 2nd

Bears

Bears

2012 YPG Rank: 5th
2012 PPG Rank: 3rd

Bengals

Bengals

2012 YPG Rank: 6th
2012 PPG Rank: 8th

Bills

Bills

2012 YPG Rank: 22nd
2012 PPG Rank: 26th

Broncos

Broncos

2012 YPG Rank: 2nd
2012 PPG Rank: 4th

Browns

Browns

2012 YPG Rank: 23rd
2012 PPG Rank: 19th

Buccaneers

Buccaneers

2012 YPG Rank: 29th
2012 PPG Rank: 23rd

Cardinals

Cardinals

2012 YPG Rank: 12th
2012 PPG Rank: 17th

Chargers

Chargers

2012 YPG Rank: 9th
2012 PPG Rank: 16th

Chiefs

Chiefs

2012 YPG Rank: 20th
2012 PPG Rank: 25th

Colts

Colts

2012 YPG Rank: 26th
2012 PPG Rank: 21st

Cowboys

Cowboys

2012 YPG Rank: 19th
2012 PPG Rank: 24th

Dolphins

Dolphins

2012 YPG Rank: 21st
2012 PPG Rank: 7th

Eagles

Eagles

2012 YPG Rank: 15th
2012 PPG Rank: 29th

Falcons

Falcons

2012 YPG Rank: 24th
2012 PPG Rank: 5th

Giants

Giants

2012 YPG Rank: 31st
2012 PPG Rank: 12th

Jaguars

Jaguars

2012 YPG Rank: 30th
2012 PPG Rank: 29th

Jets

Jets

2012 YPG Rank: 8th
2012 PPG Rank: 20th

Lions

Lions

2012 YPG Rank: 13th
2012 PPG Rank: 27th

Packers

Packers

2012 YPG Rank: 11th
2012 PPG Rank: 11th

Panthers

Panthers

2012 YPG Rank: 10th
2012 PPG Rank: 18th

Patriots

Patriots

2012 YPG Rank: 25th
2012 PPG Rank: 9th

Raiders

Raiders

2012 YPG Rank: 18th
2012 PPG Rank: 8th

Rams

Rams

2012 YPG Rank: 14th
2012 PPG Rank: 14th

Ravens

Ravens

2012 YPG Rank: 17th
2012 PPG Rank: 12th

Redskins

Redskins

2012 YPG Rank: 28th
2012 PPG Rank: 22nd

Saints

Saints

2012 YPG Rank: 32nd
2012 PPG Rank: 31st

Seahawks

Seahawks

2012 YPG Rank: 4th
2012 PPG Rank: 1st

Steelers

Steelers

2012 YPG Rank: 1st
2012 PPG Rank: 6th

Texans

Texans

2012 YPG Rank: 7th
2012 PPG Rank: 9th

Titans

Titans

2012 YPG Rank: 27th
2012 PPG Rank: 32nd

Vikings

Vikings

2012 YPG Rank: 16th
2012 PPG Rank: 14th

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Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning still are going strong. Joe Flacco, Aaron Rodgers, Matt Ryan and Matthew Stafford have emerged as prolific passers. And Robert Griffin III, Colin Kaepernick, Andrew Luck and Russell Wilson all are on the doorstep of elite (or very good) status. And we didn't even mention two-time Super Bowl champions Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. Nor did we acknowledge the whole running-game thing. Our point: Offenses are pretty hot these days in the NFL. Whose is best? Click on the logos below to set your rankings!

NFL Offenses

49ers

49ers

2012 YPG Rank: 11th
2012 PPG Rank: 11th

Bears

Bears

2012 YPG Rank: 28th
2012 PPG Rank: 16th

Bengals

Bengals

2012 YPG Rank: 22nd
2012 PPG Rank: 12th

Bills

Bills

2012 YPG Rank: 19th
2012 PPG Rank: 21st

Broncos

Broncos

2012 YPG Rank: 4th
2012 PPG Rank: 2nd

Browns

Browns

2012 YPG Rank: 25th
2012 PPG Rank: 24th

Buccaneers

Buccaneers

2012 YPG Rank: 9th
2012 PPG Rank: 13th

Cardinals

Cardinals

2012 YPG Rank: 32nd
2012 PPG Rank: 31st

Chargers

Chargers

2012 YPG Rank: 31st
2012 PPG Rank: 20th

Chiefs

Chiefs

2012 YPG Rank: 24th
2012 PPG Rank: 32nd

Colts

Colts

2012 YPG Rank: 10th
2012 PPG Rank: 18th

Cowboys

Cowboys

2012 YPG Rank: 6th
2012 PPG Rank: 15th

Dolphins

Dolphins

2012 YPG Rank: 27th
2012 PPG Rank: 27th

Eagles

Eagles

2012 YPG Rank: 15th
2012 PPG Rank: 29th

Falcons

Falcons

2012 YPG Rank: 8th
2012 PPG Rank: 7th

Giants

Giants

2012 YPG Rank: 14th
2012 PPG Rank: 6th

Jaguars

Jaguars

2012 YPG Rank: 29th
2012 PPG Rank: 30th

Jets

Jets

2012 YPG Rank: 30th
2012 PPG Rank: 28th

Lions

Lions

2012 YPG Rank: 3rd
2012 PPG Rank: 17th

Packers

Packers

2012 YPG Rank: 13th
2012 PPG Rank: 5th

Panthers

Panthers

2012 YPG Rank: 12th
2012 PPG Rank: 18th

Patriots

Patriots

2012 YPG Rank: 1st
2012 PPG Rank: 1st

Raiders

Raiders

2012 YPG Rank: 18th
2012 PPG Rank: 26th

Rams

Rams

2012 YPG Rank: 23rd
2012 PPG Rank: 25th

Ravens

Ravens

2012 YPG Rank: 16th
2012 PPG Rank: 10th

Redskins

Redskins

2012 YPG Rank: 5th
2012 PPG Rank: 4th

Saints

Saints

2012 YPG Rank: 2nd
2012 PPG Rank: 3rd

Seahawks

Seahawks

2012 YPG Rank: 17th
2012 PPG Rank: 9th

Steelers

Steelers

2012 YPG Rank: 21st
2012 PPG Rank: 22nd

Texans

Texans

2012 YPG Rank: 7th
2012 PPG Rank: 8th

Titans

Titans

2012 YPG Rank: 26th
2012 PPG Rank: 23rd

Vikings

Vikings

2012 YPG Rank: 20th
2012 PPG Rank: 14th

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With the Baltimore Ravens' triumph last season, John Harbaugh joined the now-seven-strong list of current Super Bowl-winning coaches -- and denied his brother that honor in the process. Where do the Harbaughs rank on the list of active coaches? And what about those seven men in charge of new teams? Click on the images below to set your rankings!

Top NFL head coaches

Dennis Allen

Dennis Allen

Oakland Raiders

Bruce Arians

Bruce Arians

Arizona Cardinals

Bill Belichick

Bill Belichick

New England Patriots

Gus Bradley

Gus Bradley

Jacksonville Jaguars

Pete Carroll

Pete Carroll

Seattle Seahawks

Rob Chudzinski

Rob Chudzinski

Cleveland Browns

Tom Coughlin

Tom Coughlin

New York Giants

Jeff Fisher

Jeff Fisher

St. Louis Rams

John Fox

John Fox

Denver Broncos

Leslie Frazier

Leslie Frazier

Minnesota Vikings

Jason Garrett

Jason Garrett

Dallas Cowboys

Jim Harbaugh

Jim Harbaugh

San Francisco 49ers

John Harbaugh

John Harbaugh

Baltimore Ravens

Chip Kelly

Chip Kelly

Philadelphia Eagles

Gary Kubiak

Gary Kubiak

Houston Texans

Marvin Lewis

Marvin Lewis

Cincinnati Bengals

Doug Marrone

Doug Marrone

Buffalo Bills

Mike McCarthy

Mike McCarthy

Green Bay Packers

Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy

San Diego Chargers

Mike Munchak

Mike Munchak

Tennessee Titans

Chuck Pagano

Chuck Pagano

Indianapolis Colts

Sean Payton

Sean Payton

Sean Payton

Joe Philbin

Joe Philbin

Miami Dolphins

Andy Reid

Andy Reid

Kansas City Chiefs

Ron Rivera

Ron Rivera

Carolina Panthers

Rex Ryan

Rex Ryan

New York Jets

Greg Schiano

Greg Schiano

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jim Schwartz

Jim Schwartz

Detroit Lions

Mike Shanahan

Mike Shanahan

Washington Redskins

Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Atlanta Falcons

Mike Tomlin

Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Steelers

Marc Trestman

Marc Trestman

Chicago Bears

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