Ranking Best Division in NFL
4. AFC North: Steelers, Ravens, Bengals, Browns
The Pittsburgh Steelers prop up a division that used be easily the toughest in the NFL. However, the Ravens and Bengals seem to be in quarterback purgatory and neither can get out of mediocrity because of it.
The Ravens may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the drafting of Lamar Jackson. The team is going to move on from Joe Flacco, the question is at what point. It feels as though it will be this season. These questions definitely limit the ceiling of a perennial contender.
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The Bengals seem to be approaching a point where they have to make that decision with Andy Dalton. When the roster is not strong around him, he is a poor quarterback. We saw that last season. So, the question becomes how do you build a strong enough roster to prop up Dalton when Dalton is making such a high percentage of money. On pure health along the team should be better than last year, and the Bengals always draft well. However, they are not an elite contender in which they have been in regular seasons past.
Then, the Browns. The Browns should be better next season, but the question is how much better? Still, with Tyrod Taylor, Jarvis Landry and some progression on defense, this feels as though a team that might hold up the back end of the division rather than shove them down.