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NFL's toughest division?

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NFL's toughest division?

The AFC North was widely judged to be the NFLs toughest division in 2011 after three of its teams qualified for the postseason, led by the Ravens, who won the division title.

But as a new season approaches, the Ravens division has been surpassed, according to several analysts at NFL.com.

The writers who contribute to the league web sites Around the League blog were asked to rank the leagues eight divisions from toughest to easiest. When the ballots were added up, the AFC North was rated just the third-toughest division behind the NFC South and NFC North.

In other words, the Ravens division was considered the toughest in the AFC, but not as tough as several NFC divisions.

The fact that the NFC South finished on top is a bit surprising considering what has happened to the New Orleans Saints this offseason, but Cam Newton's emergence creates a trio of contenders, according to the analysts.

As for the second-ranked NFC North, it was judged the best quarterback division with potentially three playoff teams.

The AFC North was called the best defensive division, and it is a help to have the revitalized Cincinnati Bengals challenge the Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers, according to the analysts.

The remaining five divisions were ranked in the following order 4) NFC East, 5) AFC East, 6) AFC West, 7) NFC West, 8) AFC South.

For those scoring at home, the NFC has three of the leagues four toughest divisions, according to the analysts, with the Ravens division as the only outlier.

If the AFC North succeeds in advancing three teams to the playoffs yet again in 2012, it could be hard to dispute that it remains the NFLs toughest division.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Roster spot questions begin

Kick off your Wednesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. Chris Board is making a run for a starting spot at linebacker for the Ravens, according to The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec. Board and Kenny Young will reportedly make a run for the starting spot opposite Patrick Onwuasor, but Board is pulling ahead of the pack Zrebiec says. The spot is up for grabs since the Ravens lost C.J. Mosley in free agency.

2. Also looking to earn a roster spot is wide receiver, Jordan Lasley. After training during the offseason with Lamar Jackson, many expected Lasley to show up to minicamp ahead of the pack, but after making some drops, Zrebiec says Lasley "will need to pick up his game" if he wants to get a spot on the Ravens roster.


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Ravens announce 2019 open training camp dates

Kick off your Tuesday with the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

1. The Ravens have announced 2019 training camp dates that will be open to the public. 2,000 fans will be able to attend the 14 open practices at the Owings Mill Underarmour Performance Center. Additionally, the Ravens will hold their annual open practice at M&T Bank Stadium July 27 with Fireworks Night to follow.

2. Wide receiver Jaleel Scott has had a standout offseason thus far after spending his entire rookie season on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. According to Ravens media, Scott has been a big playmaker at OTAs and mandatory minicamp and is looking forward to the start of training camp. “I think I had a great practice to end minicamp, and now I’m going to get ready for the start of training camp,” Scott said to Ravens media. “I want to show people I can be a deep threat, that I can make big plays and do things in the red zone, help us score points. That’s my goal.”


Looking Ahead:

July 15: 4 p.m. deadline to get a long-term deal done with designated franchise tag players.

The 2019 NFL schedule is set! See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

Credit: Baltimore Ravens and Rotoworld for news points.

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