DOWN TO THE WIRE
Once the dust settled, Pittsburgh reclaimed bragging rights over the division by taking home the AFC North title but the Ravens and Browns also clinched Playoff spots with wins in Week 17, while the Bengals appear to have brighter days ahead.
Pittsburgh got off to a hot start and looked like a legit Super Bowl contender, by winning eleven straight games before taking their first L. But some key defensive injuries, along the usual late season antics and lack of running game, caused the Steelers to stumble down the stretch run.
Baltimore came back this season, prepared to make amends for last year's disappointing end but ran into the same problems from a year ago when it was all said and done.
The Browns were finally able to get over the hump and earned a spot in the Postseason for the first time in 18 years. First year Head Coach Kevin Stefanski proved to be the right choice and now Cleveland has a foundation in place to build up from moving forward.
2019 SEASON GRADES
True indeed. It was another long losing season for the Bengals but the teams #1 overall Draft Pick in hometown kid Joe Burrow showed enough potential for Cincinnati to feel confident that they can build a team around him for years to come.