TUG OF WAR
The Ravens enter the season as defending division champions but have the odds stacked against them to win it again, as both Cleveland and Pittsburgh are hungry and have something to prove. As for the Bengals, they'll play dark horse and look to quietly ruin their foes plans.
To be completely honest, nobody really knows what results to expect from the Ravens this year. Second year Quarterback Lamar Jackson has to prove he can consistently throw the football or lead a running game that defenses will sell out to stop. The Ravens defense also has a new look and must prove themselves as well.
If the Steelers offensive line can handle business, they still have a good enough offense to generate points and a front seven that still can get after it on defense, leaving the secondary as the primary concern. Since Pittsburgh is pretty much the same team it has been, let's see how they fare minus the off-season drama and off the field issues.
The Browns are another team that has effectively used high end draft picks, free agency and trades to drastically improve their roster and it showed last season as the Browns barely missed the Playoffs. With all the pieces in place, Cleveland is confident about making the Playoffs but pressure comes along with expectation.
2019 SEASON GRADES
The Bengals have pretty much been the same team for the last 8 years, which marks the rookie year for Quarterback Andy Dalton and Wide out A.J. Green. Mostly good, sometimes average but never good enough and this year things don't appear to be any different in Cincinnati.