Vegas recently released projected win totals for each team for the upcoming NFL season. I will be giving you my over/under predictions division by division. Today, we will be looking at what I believe to be the toughest division in football, the AFC North.
Baltimore Ravens: 11 wins, Under
Put your pitchforks away, I still believe Baltimore will win this division, I just think they’ll do it at 10-6. Cleveland is a significantly better team this year, with a better coach. Big Ben will be back for the Steelers. Also, towards the end of last year, it looked like teams had figured out how to slow down Lamar Jackson. Baltimore was 5-1 in one possession games last year, historically you don’t get that lucky every year.
Cleveland Browns: 8.5 wins, Over
For like, the third year in a row, I think this is the year Cleveland has a winning season. They went out and solved their tackle issue with the addition of Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills. They added a great tight end in Austin Hooper. I believe they got the right coach in Kevin Stefanski. Most importantly, I think with all the criticism he got last year, Baker will rebound and have a good season.
Pittsburgh Steelers: 9.5 wins, Under
One question will determine how good the Steelers will be this year. “How good will a 38 year old Big Ben be coming off an injury?”, I personally don’t think he will be spectacular. They didn’t have a good draft, their free agency period didn’t really turn your head, and as of right now they have the third best roster in their division. I think they will lose a lot of close games and be competitive, but I think it’s time they start planning for life after Big Ben.
Cincinnati Bengals: 5.5 wins, Under
I loved the Bengals draft, they addressed a lot of holes, and got their QB of the future. That being said, this roster is a few years away from being competitive. The offensive line is still not good, their defense was gashed by the run and the pass last year. I don’t think Joe Burrow is going to come in and immediately dominate, and the jury is still out on head coach Zac Taylor. Expect the Bengals to be picking in the top 5 again next year.
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