For the better part of a decade, those two franchises have been considered the mob bosses of the AFC North in most fans’ eyes.
With few people giving the Bengals or Browns much of a shot, it’s worth mentioning that Cincinnati came out of nowhere to sweep the division en route to the AFC North title in 2009. Even Cleveland won 10 games as recently as 2007.
Still, a look at the nine-season history of the division since the NFL realigned in 2002 shows that the usual suspects — Baltimore and Pittsburgh — have had their way.
– Elliot Harrison