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NFL Week 15 -- Ravens at Lions

The Baltimore Ravens and Detroit Lions enter Monday with identical records, but not-so-identical situations. Detroit is tied atop -- and leads by tiebreaker -- the NFC North. Baltimore is second in the AFC North, tied for the conference's final playoff spot. Moreover, Detroit seems to be playing the most difficult of its final three games this weekend, while Baltimore's tall task is one of three on the way in. Which team stays above .500?

  • Which team will win tonight's game in Detroit? (8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN/WatchESPN)

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  • Which is the toughest of the Ravens' remaining three games?

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  • Which team will win the NFC North?

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  • If the current AFC top five (DEN, NE, CIN, IND, KC) holds, which team will earn the sixth playoff spot?

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  • Will the Lions ever reach an NFC Championship Game with their current core?

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  • Will the Ravens play in another Super Bowl with Joe Flacco as quarterback?

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  • Who is the better quarterback?

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  • How much will Matt Elam's "pretty old" Calvin Johnson comments come back to haunt the Ravens this week?

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NFL Week 7 -- Ravens at Steelers

Not long ago -- last year, maybe? -- Ravens-Steelers was among the NFL's best rivalries. And that was before Baltimore won the most recent Super Bowl. This season, though, both teams are struggling. Baltimore is stuck at .500 and Pittsburgh is coming off its first win of the season. With the Cincinnati Bengals not running away with the division, the Ravens remain in contention no matter what happens Sunday. But the Steelers might already be facing a must-win.

Which team will win the Ravens-Steelers game in Pittsburgh?

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  • Is Sunday's game vs. the Ravens a must-win for the Steelers?

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  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • What do you make of Le'Veon Bell's struggles Sunday at the Jets (16 car, 34 yds)?

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  • Is Ray Rice (197 rush yards, 2.8 YPC this season) done as an elite running back?

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  • Who is the better quarterback?

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  • Which team has the better defense?

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  • What do you make of Mike Tomlin banning games in the Steelers' locker room?

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  • Mike Tomlin has banned his players from flipping into the end zone, citing "the potential for injury." How do you feel about flipping into the end zone?

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NFL Week 6 -- Packers at Ravens

The verdict's still out on two of the last three Super Bowl champions, who enter Sunday with a collective 5-4 record. The rebuilt Baltimore Ravens might be deemed a pleasant surprise, especially after a 26-23 road win against the game Miami Dolphins. Green Bay, meanwhile, is treading water, winning big at home and losing close on the road. Will the latter occur again in Maryland -- especially considering Clay Matthews' absence?

Which team will win the Packers-Ravens game in Baltimore?

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  • How concerned should Ravens fans be about Ray Rice's performance this year (2.9 YPC, 2 fumbles)?

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  • How much will Clay Matthews' absence (likely a month) hurt the Packers defense?

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  • Which is the better unit?

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  • Who is the better coach?

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  • How many games will the Packers (2-2) win this season?

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  • Will the Ravens (3-2) make the playoffs?

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  • Will Aaron Rodgers play in another Super Bowl?

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  • Will Joe Flacco play in another Super Bowl?

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Broncos fans too sensitive?

Denver Broncos fans didn't exactly need much reason to be fired up for next Thursday's season-opening, playoff rematch against the Baltimore Ravens. But they've got it anyway, in the form of a massive banner featuring opposing QB -- and, you know, reigning Super Bowl champion -- Joe Flacco. To be fair, it's part of a dual-sided promo that also features Peyton Manning, but this hasn't stopped Rocky Mountain faithful from complaining about the images of their Week 1 rival. Did we say fans? Manning himself agrees the banner is a little strange. Yeah, it should be a good game.

  • Are Broncos fans being too sensitive in getting upset about a picture of Joe Flaaco hanging outside Sports Authority Field next to a picture of Peyton Manning?

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  • Who will retire with more Super Bowls?

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  • Is Joe Flacco an elite quarterback?

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  • How do you feel about the NFL kicking off its season on a Thursday night?

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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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  • Which team will win the AFC North?

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  • How much will the departures of Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Paul Kruger, Dannell Ellerbe, Bernard Pollard et al hurt the Ravens' defense this season?

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  • Is Joe Flacco an elite quarterback?

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  • Will Ben Roethlisberger reach another Super Bowl as the Steelers' starting quarterback?

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  • Who is the best coach in the AFC North?

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  • When will the Browns next make the playoffs?

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