Expectations for the AFC North

Now we move on to the AFC North, where the reigning AFC champions reside. The Cincinnati Bengals hope to build on their successful 2021 season and win their first Super Bowl. But what should the rest of the division expect, along with the Bengals?

  • Baltimore Ravens: Avoid the Injury Bug: A major reason the Baltimore Ravens missed the postseason last year was a lack of Lamar Jackson. The former MVP (ankle injury) was a part of many offensive injuries, with J.K. Dobbins also getting hurt. The Ravens hope to be back at full strength this season, but they'll be without Marquise Brown. The former Sooners receiver was traded to Arizona, leaving Baltimore with a weakened receiving core.

  • Cincinnati Bengals: Build on Success: America was rooting for Joe Burrow to bring a Super Bowl to Cincinnati. However, a weak offensive line did the franchise in at the Big Game. They made moves on the line as a result, adding La'el Collins and Alex Cappa. On top of that, the Bengals shored up their secondary, adding Daxton Hill to the mix. Can Cincy finally hoist the Lombardi Trophy after all these moves?

  • Cleveland Browns: The Deshaun Watson Situation: With their newly-acquired quarterback facing a six-game suspension for sexual misconduct, the Browns need to make a decision quickly. Who do they go with? Do they get Jimmy Garappolo? Do they stick with Jacoby Brissett? Everything's on the table for Cleveland as they assess what to do with their snap caller.

  • Pittsburgh Steelers: Start of a New Era: With Ben Roethlisberger retiring, the Steelers got a new quarterback in Kenny Pickett. However, they should expect to be in the cellar for the season, with the rest of the division suddenly becoming stronger. Or maybe Pittsburgh can avoid the bottom? Mike Tomlin hasn't had a losing season as head coach, after all.