Division Winner: Pittsburgh Steelers
Have you ever heard of the-the saying “this is not your grandfather’s Steelers?” That remark applies to the Pittsburgh Steelers that we see in today’s National Football League. They no longer rely on the vaunted defense that has been the hallmark of this historic franchise. The Steelers are now a high-powered offense that put up some of it’s best numbers in team history in 2014. However, the Steelers defense must show some resemblance of the ball club that won the Super Bowl in 2008. If their defense can step up to the plate and be successful, I believe they could challenge the New England Patriots for supremacy in the AFC. My 2015 prediction of the Pittsburgh Steelers is that they will win the AFC North and possibly contend for a seventh Super Bowl title.
After a one-year absence from being in the playoffs, the Baltimore Ravens return the postseason. The Ravens advanced to the divisional round of the AFC playoffs but lost the New England Patriots 35-31. The Ravens go into this season as a premier team in the AFC. They do not need home field advantage to make it to Santa Clara next February. If you follow this team religiously, they have only been the number 1 seed once in the playoffs. Like previous seasons,the Ravens will rely heavily on their defense led by outside linebacker Terrell Suggs. My prediction for the Ravens is that they will make the playoffs and could possibly knock off everyone in the AFC in route to their third Super Bowl victory.
Once again the Cincinnati Bengals failed to advance past the first-round of the playoffs when they lost to the Indianapolis Colts 26-10. This ball club has the firepower to make a serious run in the postseason, however; they seem to not live up to expectations. When the bright lights are on, quarterback Andy Dalton fails to make crucial plays for this ball club succeed. I predict that the Bengals will contend for a wildcard spot in the playoffs in 2015. However, if they receive the same results, I think it may be time for a quarterback change in Cincinnati. Firing Marvin Lewis will not change the Bengals fortunes in the playoffs.
There’s not a whole to talk about with the Cleveland Browns. They have lost all of their weapons on offense to put even up a fight in the AFC North. Wide receiver Josh Gordon is suspended for allegedly violating the league’s substance-abuse policy and Tight end Jordan Cameron decided to sign with Miami Dolphins. In 2015, the Browns will not make the playoffs; however, their defense will keep them in a lot of close games.
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