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NFL Schedule 2012: AFC North teams go out of division

The Browns and Steelers will face NFC East stalwarts, while the Ravens and Bengals figure to have it a bit easier.

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All four AFC North teams will be in action on Sunday, and all four will be playing non-division games. The bad news for the Cleveland Browns is that they may have the hardest matchup of the four.

The Browns, of course, will be travelling east to take on the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. The Giants have been much stronger on the road than at home in recent years, but they are coming off of a tough loss against the Philadelphia Eagles and will certainly be looking at the winless Browns as easy prey. The game kicks off at 1:00 p.m. on CBS.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be hosting those Eagles on Sunday in a Pennsylvania rivalry. The Steelers, who sit at 1-2 on the season, were off last week and will be prepared for the Eagles, who come in at 3-1 despite some rough patches so far this season. That is also a 1:00 p.m. game, and will be broadcast on FOX.

The Baltimore Ravens will be on the road as well on Sunday, where they'll head to the midwest to face the Kansas City Chiefs. Baltimore defeated the Chiefs in Kansas City in the 2010 playoffs, but this Kansas City team looks to be far from that. The Chiefs will enter the game at 1-3 after being blown out last week by the San Diego Chargers. That is a 1:00 p.m. start on CBS.

Lastly, the Cincinnati Bengals will welcome the Miami Dolphins to town on Sunday. The Bengals have quietly gotten out to a 3-1 start, but will be hosting a Miami team that may be better than its record indicates. Miami enters at 1-3, but has let two leads slip away in each of the last two weeks, losing by a field goal in overtime both times. That is also a 1:00 p.m start on CBS.

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