Matt Ufford and Nick Stevens envision a shakeup forming in the AFC North, where the Cincinnati Bengals could be poised to overtake the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens. While the Ravens should beat their over/under of 8.5 wins, replacing Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will make repeating as champs a tall order. The Bengals, however, could end up in the double-digit win column and are Matt's pick to take the division crown.
Nick is picking the Steelers, on the other hand, and sees them as a lock to surpass 9.5 wins. Linebacker Jarvis Jones has superstar potential and should fill the void left by hard-hitting-yet-insane James Harrison on one of the league's best defenses. That, and the removal of the fumble-prone Rashard Mendenhall, could be enough to push Pittsburgh over the top. While the Browns rebuilding project is a good story, don't hold your breath waiting for them to break the six-win mark.
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