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Who will win the AFC North?

So here we are another season about to begin and the predictions are going to start flying. Well as you know from last year’s mildly popular Nostradamus effect I am going to do it again this year. So we start in the AFC North home of the Bengals, Browns, Ravens, Steelers So without further adieu let’s get started:



The Cincinnati Bengals was the team I picked to win the division last and nearly did. They got in via wildcard but were 1 win away from owning the division. This team is stacked defensively and also have some pretty awesome offensive weapons. They added a much needed TE in Tyler Eifert and some key additions on defense like Margus Hunt and Shawn Williams. This team is already competitive in a tough division but now they are truly stacked. I have this team not only winning the division but also going deep in the playoffs.



The Cleveland Browns, man talk about fan base loyalty with this team. Diehard fans behind a team that seemed to be much like the Culverhouse era Bucs with an owner that didn’t care nor have a clue. But now with a new owner and some big back to back drafts they stand to be dominant. While I still don’t see QB Brandon Weedon being their franchise QB, I think he has a promising spin off TV show called “The 40 year old rookie”. But seriously this teams defense is STACKED and that will keep them in games enough for the Browns to churn out some wins. I have them sneaking into the playoffs for the last wild card.



The Baltimore Ravens were SB champs last year in a seemingly traditional post SB victory have had a clearance on their veterans. While one Key veteran LB Ray Lewis retired, he was a leader of the TEAM, and will be a key factor in the team not repeating. Also missing out on S Ed Reed will be huge. Now the Ravens traditionally draft well and they certainly did again this year, I simply don’t think it’s enough to return to glory. I see them falling to third in this division this year but soon will be back in contention.



So that leaves the Pittsburg Steelers, I don’t see this team competing this year I see them faltering lower and lower until within the next 3 years that Mike Tomlin loses his job. I like the picks they had In Jarvis Jones and Le”Veon Bell but I don’t think that will fix the issues they have. Their salary cap concerns are clearly catching up with them in letting James Harrison walk and that will have an echoing effect on their defense. I see them at the bottom of the division and quite possibly the weakest AFC team this year.



Now your turn:

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