This division is solidly Raven purple. The division and the entire AFC is theirs to lose. That's a lot of pressure for a team whose secondary is in disarray with Ed Reed out and a few cornerbacks hurting. But they have a great ground game (So much for the vaunted Steeler scouting department who had a chance to draft Ray Rice two years ago, but passed) and the additions of Boldin, Stallworth and Mason at WR gives them a dimension they've never had. The Steelers are an intriguing team. Will they rally around the loss of their QB and have a tenacious defense and re-establish their running game? Last year they lost both Palomalu and DE Aaron Smith on defense and never recovered. This year both have looked back to top form in pre-season. If the Steelers come out of Ben's suspension 2-2 then they are in the thick of it. If they come out of it 3-1, watch out. Their first game is at home against the Falcons. Watch this game for a primer on the rest of the year. If their D shuts down the pass and they can run, you might be seeing a Black-n-Gold super bowl. Again.
The Bengals are in the running for the best defense in the league. They're that good. One division may have the top three Ds in the NFL. But we think the Bungles have serious problems on offense and they can't run with the rest of the division. The Steelers and the Ravens are capable of putting up 35 on anyone. The Bengals don't have that capability.
The Browns :( See the Bills above.
Coming next: AFC South and AFC West and then the NFC next week.
What about Rumpole's famous suicide pool? What about it?