The AFC North is arguably the most physical, violent and dangerous divisions in the NFL. And 2018 is looking to be as competitive as ever. Below are quick views into the 2018 season and what each team can expect.

Cleveland Browns: 5-11

The Browns will be much better than last year. Mark my words. Take a screenshot of this. Do whatever you have to do. But the Browns will surprise some people in 2018. Tyrod Taylor is a proven starter in this league. Maybe he won’t win the game, but he definitely won’t lose it for you. I see Taylor getting banged up mid to late in the season; opening the door for Baker Mayfield. I have the Browns winning games against the Ravens, Bengals, Jets, Buccaneers and Raiders

Cincinnati Bengals: 7-9

The 2018 NFL draft wasn’t very exciting for Bengals fans. They took what the draft gods gave them. It wasn’t cute or fancy, but they expect big things from corner Billy Price, safety Jessie Bates III, and defensive end Sam Hubbard. The 2016 draft pick, Tyler Boyd, is poised for a breakout season opposite of AJ Green. The year 2018 won’t be the Bengals season though. There’s just too much competition among the Steelers and Ravens. Believe in the process Bengals fans.

Baltimore Ravens: 10-6

The Ravens in 2017 were either boom or bust. They struggled through injuries, losing Swiss army knife runningback Danny Woodhead early in the season. I expect a much better season in 2018 for the Ravens. Mostly due to the fact of their revamped wide receiver corps. Baltimore has always been built around their defense, that stays consistent in 2018. The Ravens added Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead, and speedster John Brown. Not to mention their 1st round pick tight end Hayden Hurst has been dominant in OTAs. The Ravens have a relatively easy schedule in 2018, and I believe they will split the series with Pittsburgh and earn a wildcard spot, but will ultimately lose in the 1st round of the playoffs.

Pittsburgh Steelers: 12-4

Judging by the Steelers 2018 draft picks, they seem committed to running a lot of sub packages consisting of nickel and dime defensive variances. Early rumors in the Steelers huddles say that they may be running 4-3 formations in order to stop the run. The 2018 draft seems mostly geared toward the longevity of the Steelers organization.

Terrell Edmunds will merely be a package player this year. James Washington looks to have the earliest success as the No. 3 wide receiver behind Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster. Mason Rudolph won’t play unless there’s a nuclear fallout. The Steelers did bring in free agents safety Morgan Burnett and MLB Jon Bostic. They seem like reliable players who are excellent communicators. The 2018 NFL season will fall squarely on the shoulders of the defense. Last year in the playoffs, the Steelers gave up 45 points to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In conclusion, Pittsburgh takes the division once again. I don’t see them regressing unless there’s a huge injury to one of their primary playmakers.

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Written by Keith Geyer

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