It might not be “bold” to say the Baltimore Ravens will be division champions by the end of the 2011 regular season. However, it might be a little premature, given the fact NFL players and owners are still in the midst of a nasty labor dispute that still has no end in sight.
With that said, the predictions to come will be made carefully, using players currently on rosters and players expected to be retained by certain teams once the lockout ends.
Is this the year Baltimore runs away with the division after the stellar draft it had? Will the Cleveland Browns challenge the Ravens for the division instead of the Pittsburgh Steelers? Are the Cincinnati Bengals still bottom-feeders?
Over the next few minutes, we will make the case as to why the Ravens are division-champion material. In addition, we will predict regular-season records for the Bengals, Browns and Steelers—analyzing their schedules for 2011 and how each team stacks up to the Ravens.
Todd McGregor is a Baltimore Ravens Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.
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