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2011 AFC North Preview & Predictions

Pittsburgh Steelers

The pride of the AFC North returns basically every starter from last season. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger will not miss any games, unlike last year, and the Steelers’ defense is once again projected to be among the league’s best. The Steelers aren’t without issues though, as losing Flozell Adams and Max Starks from an already shaky offensive line will definitely take its toll throughout the course of the season. Overall, I think the Steelers will coast to another first place finish within the division.

Key Arrivals – John Malecki, John Gilmore

Key Departures – Flozell Adams, Max Starks, Matt Spaeth

Prediction – 12-4/First in AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens lost a ton of veteran talent this off-season and haven’t filled many of their needs. Their secondary continues to be questionable at best and their receiving core is extremely thin, aside from Boldin. Ray Rice will be asked to shoulder most of the offensive production while the defense hopes they can keep them in games even though their getting older by the day. In the end, I see the Ravens dropping off a bit from last season.

Key Arrivals – Ricky Williams, Bernard Pollard, Vonta Leach, Lee Evans

Key Departures – Willis McGahee, Todd Heap, Derrick Mason, Kelly Gregg, Marc Bulger, Chris Chester, Jared Gaither, Le’Ron McClain, Fabian Washington

Prediction – 10-6/Second in AFC North

Cleveland Browns

The Browns made great strides last season, dismantling the New England Patriots and taking countless other games down to the wire. Colt McCoy got some much-needed experience down the stretch and built up a nice rapport with his tight-ends. Running back Peyton Hillis burst onto the scene as well, trucking defenders left and right on his way to a phenomenal season. The Browns are trending up and their future looks bright, but they just don’t have enough weapons on offense and lack experience on defense.

Key Arrivals – John Greco, Usama Young,

Key Departures – Jake Delhomme, Eric Alexander, Blake Costanzo, Abram Elam, Sabby Piscitelli, Matt Roth, Lawrence Vickers, Eric Wright

Prediction – 6-10/Third in AFC North

Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals are an absolute mess. They lost both Ochocinco and T.O. in the off-season to go along with the sudden retirement of starting quarterback Carson Palmer. Rookie Andy Dalton and journeyman Bruce Gradkowski will battle it out for the starting job at QB while running back Cedric Benson takes on the role as the Bengals’ only weapon on offense. However, the Bengals do have an above average defense which will hopefully, for Marvin Lewis’ sake, keep them in some games.

Key Arrivals – Bo Scaife, Manny Lawson, Max Jean-Gilles, Nate Clements, Bruce Gradkowski

Key Departures – Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, Terrell Owens, Antwan Odom, Dhani Jones, Johnathan Joseph, Roy Williams, Chinedum Ndukwe

Prediction – 3-13/Last in AFC North

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  1. Anonymous
    August 15, 2011 at 1:52 AM

    YOU HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT THE BROWNS ARE DUE.
    THEY ARE A TEAM THAT IS PLAYING WITH ONE OF THE MOST UNDERATED OFFENSIVE LINES IN THE NFL.
    THEY ARE READY TO FOLLOW THE LEAD OF THERE QUARTERBACK.
    AND WITH THE NEW COACHING CHANGES THE BROWNS WILL BE 10-6, LEADING THE AFC NORTH.

    THE STEELERS AND THE RAVENS ARE TOO AGED.
    PRONE TO INJURIES AND LOCKER ROOM DRAMA THE STEELERS WILL NOT COAST THROUGH THE AFC NORTH THIS YEAR.

    THE RAVENS ALSO ARE TOO OLD ON DEFENCE, AND GOT RID OF TOO MUCH OFFENSIVE TALENT.

    BENGALS ARE TOO YOUNG AND NEW.
    IN A FEW YEARS MAYBE…..
    TRUST ME!!!!
    THIS IS THE OUTCOME OF THE AFC NORTH IN 2011.

    DON’T FOLLOW THE BAND WAGON PREDICTIONS.

    • August 15, 2011 at 10:43 AM

      No way the Browns are surpassing both the Ravens and Steelers to win the division this year. That’s insane. I agree in that the Ravens are not as good as years past but the Steelers are very bit as good as they were last year. The Browns are progressing nicely but Colt McCoy is young and inexperienced, the defense is average, and they have absolutely no threat at wide receiver. The NFL has morphed into a passing league and you can’t win consistently with a second year qb whose leading receivers are tight ends and running backs. I don’t jump on anyone’s bandwagon or follow any so-called experts picks. I watch as much football as possible, analyze each team’s roster, check the schedule, and make my own opinions. The Browns are on the rise but they still have a looooong way to go.

  2. Anonymous
    August 15, 2011 at 1:38 AM

    THE BROWNS WILL BE FIRST IN AFC NORTH

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