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1) Pittsburgh Steelers: 12-4* Win the Division, Get the No. 3 seed in the AFC Postseason
I don’t expect the Steelers to struggle to make the postseason like they did the season following their last Super Bowl win. Their defense will still be among the best, Big Ben will have a better season if his offensive line and running backs can manage to stay healthy.
And although they did lose some players due to free agency, I like the way they went to improve their number one defense in the draft by drafting Evander Hood.
2) Baltimore Ravens: 10-6*Wild Card, Get the No. 5 seed in the AFC Postseason
I’m not going to lie to you. I don’t like how they lost Rex Ryan, Bart Scott, and Samari Rolle. And yes, the Ravens aren’t going to have the second best defense in the NFL this season but they will still be a great defense team.
Offensively, Joe Flacco should emerged as one of the better quarterbacks in the AFC, the receiver corps should be slightly better with a healthy Derrick Mason leading the way, and by drafting Michael Oher, they will be able to do the thing they do best offensively, which is running the ball.
They should be a better offensive team this year so I believe they will make the postseason.
3) Cleveland Browns: 4-12
I know there’s a quarterback competition in Cleveland between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson. I honestly believe that Quinn will be the Browns’ quarterback unless he’s traded before the season.
Brady Quinn is a better quarterback than given credit for.
He has played well last season for someone who started for the first time. I believe he could have a season like Joe Flacco had last year statically. Braylon Edwards will have a bounce back year.
But defensively, I still think they’re a below average and in this division that won’t win them games. I believe that they are a year or two away from being a playoff team.
4) Cincinnati Bengals: 4-12
I know you may be shocked that I have the Bengals below the Browns. I believe they have more talent than Cleveland and they are capable to win six or seven games this season.
I love their draft picks especially Andre Smith and Rey Maualuga. Andre Smith will help protect Carlson Palmer and Rey Maualuga should help a defense that was ranked 12th last season.
Laveranues Coles should have an immediate impact on his new team. But we don’t know if Palmer can stay healthy and if he can, will he be able to play at a Pro Bowl level we are accustom to.
We don’t know how Chad Ochocinco will play knowing that’s he’s unhappy in Cincinnati. Plus, how much will their offense lose with the subtraction of T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Regardless of happens, the Bengals and Browns should be at bottom of the division when it’s all said and done.