Now that we got the AFC East out of the way, it’s time to move to the AFC North. The NFC North have been a battle between Pittsburgh and Baltimore over the years. With both teams going through major changes, can the Cleveland Browns make a run? This division will still continue to be where you’re going to see hard hits. The Pittsburgh and Baltimore games will be the most physical you’ll see all season. In the end, will it be between the Ravens and Steelers for division supremacy? Let’s see who’ll finished first in the AFC North?
First off, the defense will be without Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley and Za’Darius Smith. Those three guys brought a lot of experience and were the heart of the Ravens defense. They have guys that can step up and be effective, plus they signed Earl Thomas. On the offensive side, the Ravens have been looking for a tough, gritty runner for years. Baltimore was able to sign Mark Ingram from New Orleans and he should help in the development of Lamar Jackson. The question is, do the Ravens have enough to repeat as division champions?
Cincinnati finished last in the division last season. The Bengals is one of the most unfortunate franchises in the league. When things are going bad, they really become horrible. Cincinnati is always getting hit with the injury bug. Once again, they have been hit as A.J. Green is slated to miss some games because of a leg injury. Reports say that the field at Dayton was horrible and that’s where he injured himself. They kept a lot of their pieces and had a decent draft. Did they do enough to finish near the top instead of the bottom of the division?
The Cleveland Browns made the most noise during the offseason. First off, they showed everyone they were serious about winning by trading for Odell Beckham Jr. The defensive line was already one of the better ones, but they went out and got Sheldon Richardson. Cleveland also traded for Olivier Vernon from the Giants to help boost the defense even more. One thing loss is they will have Kareem Hunt in their backfield after he serves his 8-game suspension. If Baker Mayfield can continue his great play from a year ago, the sky is the limit for this team.
Last, but not least we head to the Steel City and we talk about Pittsburgh. There have always been so much drama around the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Le’Veon Bell finally not a part of the team, James Connor is the man now. For most of last year, we didn’t know if Bell would return or not. Antonio Brown had issues with the Steelers, and he was traded to the Oakland Raiders. Pittsburgh really didn’t sign any major free agents, but they have a solid team. With Bell and Brown no longer part of the team, can they remain contenders and even win the division. Will Big Ben continue to play at a high level?
My Division Picks
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Cleveland Browns
- Baltimore Ravens
- Cincinnati Bengals
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