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Will one AFC North team make playoffs?

An interesting question crossed my mind for the first time this season after the Baltimore Ravens (6-5) beat the Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5) Sunday night.

Is this the year just one AFC North team makes the playoffs?

Both teams are on the outside looking in if the postseason started today. The Denver Broncos (7-4) and Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5) currently hold the two wild-card slots in the AFC.

Meanwhile, there are no virtual certainties for the postseason besides the first-place Cincinnati Bengals (8-3). The Steelers are slumping after losing three straight, and the Ravens have lost 5 of 8, despite Sunday’s victories.

Ten wins should be enough to get into the AFC playoff field this year. This means Baltimore and Pittsburgh would have to go 4-1 the rest of the way, which is challenging but not impossible. Both teams face off again in Week 16 in what could turn out to be an elimination game.

Weeks ago there was a chance three AFC North teams would get into the postseason. But at this point the division would be fortunate to have two playing deep into January.

Here is the current list of wild-card contenders:

*Denver Broncos (7-4)

*Jacksonville Jaguars (6-5)

Baltimore Ravens (6-5)

Pittsburgh Steelers (6-5)

Four teams (5-6)

*Current wild card teams