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In-season Hard Knocks will focus on the teams of the AFC North


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Published June 17, 2024 01:21 PM

The NFL has decided to make in-season Hard Knocks a full-division affair. This year, it will be the AFC North.

 

It’s arguably the toughest division in football, with plenty of questions as to which team will emerge as the champion.

 

The series starts later than usual. Typically a November endeavor, Hard Knocks debuts on December 3. It continues through the playoffs, presumably until the playoff run for each AFC North team has ended.

 

The pivot to involving all four teams from one division apparently flows from the competitive disadvantage that occurs when one team gets the assignment. This approach ignores the fact that, beyond the team that wins the division, the second-place (and maybe third- and fourth-place) teams will be trying to win wild-card berths. The competition for those slots includes other AFC teams that won’t be hampered by the Hard Knocks assignment.

 

Regardless, the Ravens, Browns, Bengals, and Stealers will have to deal with it.

 

https://www.nbcsports.com/nfl/profootballtalk/rumor-mill/news/in-season-hard-knocks-will-focus-on-the-teams-of-the-afc-north

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15 minutes ago, Arkansas Bengal said:

It continues through the playoffs, presumably until the playoff run for each AFC North team has ended. 

 

So as the Bengals win the Super Bowl, Hard Knocks will be along for the entire ride. 🐯

 

#Scripted ? :ninja:

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A DYK, there are only 5 teams that have been featured multiple times on HBO Hard Knocks and Bengals are one of them in 2009 and 2013 and Pittsburgh has never been featured until now.  Like BJ said, A coincidence they play our divsion in the last 6 weeks, I think not.  Follow the money.

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