The AFC North sent three teams to the playoffs in '11. And while many still see a two-horse race between the Ravens and Steelers, there's no reason to leave the young Bengals out of the discussion.
Is 2012 the year the Ravens get over the playoff hump? They'll have to do it without Terrell Suggs for much of the year, and the burden of his absence will be given to second-rounder Courtney Upshaw.
The Detroit Lions spent 2011 with the football in the air, with one of the NFL's best passing attacks and worst run games. With Jahvid Best and Mikel Leshoure back healthy, that could change in '12.