TJ's Quick Hits: The AFC North Edition

TJ JenkinsAnalyst IMarch 20, 2009

Baltimore Ravens

This is a team that I have the utmost respect for. They play pretty much the same game as my beloved Steelers.

It's really not that fun, because I really don't have anything bad to say about the Ravens.

I could get really cliche and say things to the effect of, "Ray Lewis is a murderer". That's no fun, nor is it true, and I love Ray Lewis.

Joe Flacco reminds me of Ben Roethlisberger in a lot of ways. Through his size, mobility, arm strength and other intangibles, it is easy to see how he will have a very successful career.

All that being said, the AFC North is going to be fun to watch for the upcoming years, simply because of the Ravens-Steelers rivalry. They played three games this year, and all three were rough on both teams.

The Ravens have the best chance to take the division from the Steelers.

Cincinnati Bengals

Where to start with the Bengals...

They got rid of the best wide receiver on their team in T.J. Houshmanzadeh. Chad Johnson is not better than him, no matter what the stat-line says; not to mention that the attitude Johnson brings to the table is a complete turn off, no matter the talent.

Looking at the Bengals' defense is a lot like looking at some preventable accident that happened to a friend of yours. You know you probably shouldn't laugh, but you do anyway.

Keith Rivers could be a great linebacker, you know, if he doesn't throw a fit about getting knocked off by a wide receiver.

Carson Palmer is a good quarterback, but seems to be more and more injury prone as time wears on.

That's not entirely his fault though...

Cleveland Browns

Growing up only a short way from Cleveland, I've been surrounded by Browns' fans for my entire life.

What a great gift that is, as a Steelers fan, to have never-ending bragging rights.

I'd just like to point out that I predicted Derek Anderson to be a one-year wonder. I don't think Brady Quinn is going to do any better next year, as the Browns got rid of his top offensive threat in Kellen Winslow Jr.

Braylon Edwards has so much athletic ability it is sick. Unfortunately, he couldn't catch flies if he rolled around in a pig pen.

He's great for that amazing one handed, reaching back, falling down, doing a handstand, drinking a Pepsi and keeping the feet in bounds catch maybe twice a season, but if you need him to catch that touchdown over the middle, you'd better hit him right between the numbers.

Oh, he drops those too?

Let's not even get into the Donte Stallworth situation. The Miami Police Department hasn't confirmed the reports that he was above the legal limit, but if he was, he deserves every year he gets in jail.

The Browns' defense has a few play-makers, but they don't get enough credit. Kamerion Wimbley stands out the most in my opinion. He is a really athletic linebacker.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Growing up just minutes from the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, I've been surrounded by Steelers memorabilia my entire life.

See what I did there?

The Steelers are the love of my life, bar none.

That of course, doesn't mean that I don't disagree with some of the things that happen within the organization.

For example, they let Bryant McFadden walk. I absolutely hated that move. Also, the fact that the Rooneys are seeking new partners for the ownership. That one hurts...a lot.

I'm really glad to see Troy Polamalu returning to form. I'm also glad to see James Farrior and Larry Foote playing well, despite their growing age.

Though, to be fair, Foote needs to be the backup to Lawrence Timmons.

Besides, Foote came out and said that he wanted to play for the Lions. That automatically dropped him to special teams in my mind.

Is there any quarterback tougher than Ben Roethlisberger in the NFL?

Here's a hint—the answer is no.


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