The Cincinnati Bengals finished the 2013 season with an 11-5 record, good enough to win the AFC North division. But this season they will have to continue what they did well and erase what they didn't in order to do it again.
The teams within their division have all seemingly gotten better.
The Cleveland Browns were one of the most active teams in free agency, signing Ben Tate, Miles Austin, Nate Burleson, Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner while also selecting Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel in the draft.
The Baltimore Ravens should have a much more exciting offense in 2014 with Gary Kubiak being chosen as the new offensive coordinator, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are the Pittsburgh Steelers—they don't usually stay down for long.
But with a solid nucleus of young players as well as 2014 draft picks Darqueze Dennard and Jeremy Hill, the Bengals have the talent to remain at the top—as long as they do the things listed here.