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In-season edition of 'Hard Knocks' to follow AFC North

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"Hard Knocks" will chronicle an entire division for the first time when it features all four teams from the AFC North, HBO and NFL Films announced Monday.

The popular documentary franchise will follow the final six weeks of the regular season for the Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns, and Pittsburgh Steelers. "Hard Knocks: In Season with the AFC North" will go on to cover the division winner's playoff run and any wild-card teams.

"Last season the AFC North became the first division ever to have all four teams finish with a winning record, making it the perfect place to launch this new approach to 'Hard Knocks,'" NFL Films vice president Keith Cossrow said in statement. "We thank the Bengals, Browns, Ravens, and Steelers for the opportunity to showcase some of the greatest rivalries in football and present the intensity of a playoff chase from all four corners of this incredibly competitive division."

The Ravens were the first team featured on the original "Hard Knocks" training camp series in 2001. The Bengals were featured in both the 2009 and 2013 editions, while the Browns took the spotlight in the 2018 edition. The 2024 in-season edition marks the Steelers' debut appearance in the series.

The documentary franchise has expanded from following a single NFL team during training camp to highlighting clubs in the offseason and into the playoffs. HBO recently announced it would chronicle the New York Giants' offseason and will follow that up with its traditional training camp edition following the Chicago Bears.

The first episode of "Hard Knocks: In Season with the AFC North" is set to debut Dec. 3.

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