2017 AFC North Outlook

Posted: August 28, 2017 in NFL
Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens finished last season 8-8, missed the playoffs for a second straight year, and have now missed the playoffs three of the last four years. Marty Mornhinweg is entering his second year as offensive coordinator for the Ravens. Dean Pees will be leading the Ravens defense for the sixth season.

Prior Year DVOA Rankings (footballoutsiders.com)

Offense – 24th Overall, 21st Rushing, 26th Passing

Defense – 6th Overall, 4th Rushing, 10th Passing

Offseason Summary (walterfootball.com)

Departures: FB Kyle Juszczyk, WR Kamar Aiken, TE Dennis Pitta, OT Ricky Wagner, G Vlad Ducasse, C Jeremy Zuttah, DE/DT Timmy Jernigan, DE/DT Lawrence Guy, DE/OLB Elvis Dumervil, ILB Zach Orr, CB Shareece Wright, CB Jerraud Powers, S Lardarius Webb, S Kendrick Lewis, S Matt Elam

Arrivals: RB Danny Woodhead, WR Jeremy Maclin, CB Brandon Carr, CB Brandon Boykin, S Tony Jefferson

Top Draft Picks: CB Marlon Humphrey (Alabama, #16 overall), OLB Tyus Bowser (Houston, #47 overall), DE Chris Wormley (Michigan, #74 overall)

Preseason Awards

MVP: Joe Flacco

Offensive Player of the Year: Marshal Yanda

Defensive Player of the Year: Eric Weddle

Other Notable players: Tony Jefferson, Jimmy Smith, C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs

Strongest position group: Secondary

Weakest position group: Offensive skill players

Cincinnati Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals went 6-9-1 and missed the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. Marvin Lewis will be entering his fourteenth year as head coach for the Bengals, yet still has not managed to win a playoff game. Ken Zampese is entering his second year as offensive coordinator – but his fifteenth season with the Bengals. Paul Guenther is entering his fourth year as Bengals defensive coordinator.

Prior Year DVOA Rankings (footballoutsiders.com)

Offense – 11th Overall, 13th Rushing, 11th Passing

Defense – 17th Overall, 20th Rushing, 14th Passing

Offseason Summary (walterfootball.com)

Departures: RB Rex Burkhead, OT Andrew Whitworth, G Kevin Zeitler, DE Margus Hunt, DE Domata Peko, OLB Karlos Dansby, ILB Rey Maualuga

Arrivals: OT Andre Smith, ILB Kevin Minter, CB Bene Benwikere

Top Draft Picks: WR John Ross (Washington, #9 overall), RB Joe Mixon (Oklahoma, #48 overall), OLB Jordan Willis (Kansas State, #73 overall)

Preseason Awards

MVP: Andy Dalton

Offensive Player of the Year: A.J. Green

Defensive Player of the Year: Geno Atkins

Other Notable players: Tyler Eifert, Vontaze Burfict, Carlos Dunlap, Adam Jones

Strongest position group: Offensive skill players

Weakest position group: Offensive line

Cleveland Browns

The Browns went 1-15 in Hue Jackson’s first year and finished last place in the AFC North for the sixth straight season. Gregg Williams is the Browns’ new defensive coordinator. Williams spent his last three seasons as the defensive coordinator for the Rams.

Prior Year DVOA Rankings (footballoutsiders.com)

Offense – 29th Overall, 12th Rushing, 29th Passing

Defense – 30th Overall, 27th Rushing, 29th Passing

Offseason Summary (walterfootball.com)

Departures: QB Robert Griffin, QB Josh McCown, WR Terrelle Pryor, WR Andrew Hawkins, OT Austin Pasztor, CB Tramon Williams

Arrivals: QB Brock Osweiler, WR Kenny Britt, G Kevin Zeitler, C J.C. Tretter, CB Jason McCourty, S Calvin Pryor

Top Draft Picks: DE Myles Garrett (Texas A&M, #1 overall), S Jabril Peppers (Michigan, #25th overall), TE David Njoku (Miami FL, # 29 overall)

Preseason Awards

MVP: DeShone Kizer

Offensive Player of the Year: Joe Thomas

Defensive Player of the Year: Jamie Collins

Other Notable players: Joel Bitonio, JC Tretter, Kevin Zeitler, Christian Kirksey, Myles Garrett

Strongest position group: Offensive line

Weakest position group: Offensive skill players

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers finished last season 11-5 and won the division for the second time in three years. Mike Tomlin will be entering his 11th year as Head Coach for the Steelers. Todd Haley will lead the Steelers offense for the fifth straight year. Keith Butler will enter his third season as the defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Prior Year DVOA Rankings (footballoutsiders.com)

Offense – 7th Overall, 7th Rushing, 8th Passing

Defense – 11th Overall, 11th Rushing, 12th Passing

Offseason Summary (walterfootball.com)

Departures: RB DeAngelo Williams, WR Markus Wheaton, TE Ladarius Green, DE/OLB Jarvis Jones, ILB Lawrence Timmons, CB Justin Gilbert

Arrivals: RB Knile Davis, WR Justin Hunter, DE/DT Tyson Alualu, CB Coty Sensabaugh

Top Draft Picks: OLB T.J. Watt (Wisconsin, #30 overall), WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (USC, #62 overall), CB Cameron Sutton (Tennessee, #94 overall)

Preseason Awards

MVP: Ben Roethlisberger

Offensive Player of the Year: Antonio Brown

Defensive Player of the Year: James Harrison

Other Notable players: Le’Veon Bell, Ramon Foster, David DeCastro, Marcus Gilbert, Ryan Shazier

Strongest position group: Offensive line

Weakest position group: Secondary

AFC North Preseason Projections
Team Projected Record 90% Confidence Interval Odds to win Division
Steelers 10-6 6.1-9.9 13.6-2.4 71.7%
Ravens 9-7 5.1-10.9 12.7-3.3 26.0%
Bengals 9-7 5.0-11.0 12.6-3.4 23.3%
Browns 4-12 1.1-14.9 7.9-8.1 < 1%

 

 

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