Ranking the four teams in the AFC North based on how we think they’ll finish in the upcoming NFL season.
1 – Cincinnati Bengals
The defending AFC champions grab the top spot in our AFC North Divisional Rankings, but not by a lot. One of the most exciting things the Bengals did this offseason was shore up their offensive line. With very dangerous weapons all over the field on offence, it was often the line that was holding the team back last season. Now, Cincinnati comes into the new season looking to prove to the rest of the league that they’re here to stay. With guys like Joe Burrow, Ja’Maar Chase and Joe Mixon leading the way, we think they will.
2 – Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens should be dangerous again this season and may be coming into the year with a bit of a chip on their shoulders after missing the postseason in 2021. The big questions surrounding Baltimore, however, will revolve around Lamar Jackson. Can the former MVP continue to get it done even as teams learn how to defend him better and better? He’s an undeniable talent, but many NFL experts still believe he needs to become a better passer to push the Ravens past the hump and deep into the playoffs.
3 – Pittsburgh Steelers
Ben Roethlisberger is no longer in Pittsburgh, but the team still has some quality pieces. The defence is led by the stellar T.J. Watt and Minkah Fitzpatrick, while the offence boasts a star running back in the making and a solid receiver core. If Mitch Trubisky can get it done for Mike Tomlin, the Steelers may still be a bigger problem for teams than some people are expecting.
4 – Cleveland Browns
The Browns will be without Deshaun Watson for 11 games to start the season and may struggle out of the gates because of it. The duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt is still one of the best in the NFL, but without a passing game, it’s hard to be a good NFL team these days. If their defence was better, there’d be more reason for optimism, but the Browns don’t quite stack up to the rest of the AFC North right now.