NFL 2015 Regular Season Predictions: AFC North

  1.  Cincinnati Bengals

2014 record: 10-5-1

Matt’s prediction for 2015: 11-5

Tyler’s prediction for 2015: 8-8

The Cincinnati Bengals are looking to make their fifth consecutive trip to the playoffs. This offseason, the Bengals have brought in talented middle linebacker A.J. Hawk to help on the defensive side of the ball. There will be major pressure on head coach Marvin Lewis and quarterback Andy Dalton. A.J. Green’s health will also be an important factor this year, since the past two seasons he has been injury prone. If the Cincinnati Bengals fail to get out of the first round in the playoffs for the fifth year in a row, look for some major changes in the offseason.

2. Baltimore Ravens

2014 record: 10-6

Matt’s prediction for 2015: 8-8

Tyler’s prediction for 2015: 9-7

The Baltimore Ravens had a very nice season without their star running back, Ray Rice. They had a lot of talent on the offensive side of the ball to make up for his absence. The only problem is on the defensive side of the ball. Losing Pernell McPhee was a huge blow to their defense. Joe Flacco also lost wide receivers Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones. This season will have challenges for the Ravens, but I believe these challenges will be met with great coaching from John Harbaugh. Good coaching will be the most critical thing for this teams success.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

2014 record: 11-5

Matt’s prediction for 2015: 8-8

Tyler’s prediction for 2015: 7-9

The Pittsburgh Steelers won the AFC North last season. This offseason, the Steelers lost veterans Brett Keisel, Ike Taylor, and legendary safety Troy Polamalu.  This team will be struggling on the defensive side of the ball, which has been the staple of the Steelers since the beginning of time. Mike Tomlin will have his work cut out for him this year, heavily relying on Super Bowl champion quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

4. Cleveland Browns

2014 record: 7-9

Matts prediction for 2015: 6-10

Tyler’s prediction for 2015: 3-13

The Cleveland Browns had a roller coaster season last year. This season, I see them back in their normal division position, which is at the bottom. The Browns had a bad offseason, losing key players such as Miles Austin, Brian Hoyer, Jabaal Sheard, Buster Skrine, and Pro-Bowl tight end Jordan Cameron. Cleveland lost what little talent they had, which does not bode well for the future. Not to mention Josh Gordon will be out this year. Sorry to say this Browns fans, but you have another long season ahead of you.

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