The AFC North is one of the toughest division in the League. The two teams in the 2009 AFC Conference Finals we're both out of the North, the Superbowl Champions is from the division, & the top 2 defenses in the league is in the division.
Of course playing the Steelers, the Ravens, & the Browns twice a year is very rough. You have two of the best defenses in the nation. Their all mean teams and can put a beating on you. Especially because we consider each other rivals and love nothing more than to beat the opponent.
Last year Pittsburgh and Baltimore we're able to sweep us and the Bengals we're able to get a win against Cleveland. But this year we will be alot more competitive in our division.
We will have a defense that will match up well against the other AFC North teams. Having a passing game back in Cincinnati along with an improved running game, we should be able to compete well against those tough defenses.
If we can go 3-3 or better in our division we will have a very good chance of gaining a playoff berth or wild card spot.