Head coach: Marvin Lewis
Head coach for the past 14 seasons, Lewis has never got out of the first round of the playoffs with 0-7 record. His teams are 118-103 for the regular season under his tenure with four AFC North titles.
2016 record: 6-9-1
Losing twice to The Steelers and once to The Ravens but beating The Browns twice and The
Ravens once gave them 3-3 in their division. Losing another 6 games and drawing with the Redskins in London left the Bengals with a season to forget.
Draft Position: 9th
Player To Watch: John Ross
An absolute speed merchant of a Wide Receiver, Ross broke the 40 yard dash time at the
Combine at 4.22 seconds but injured himself in the process. He tore an ACL and a Labrum
while in college, this rocket may have a short career if he can’t stay healthy. Special mention to piece of crap, Joe Mixon. In a fair world, the only orange he should be wearing is a prison jump suit but hopefully, we’ll see some karma justice on the field.
MVP: Andy Dalton
The Red Rifle was sacked 41 times and still managed 4,206 yards, 18 touchdowns with 8
interceptions. With constant 3,000+ yard seasons, Dalton has talent and skill but falls apart in the Playoffs. 1 touchdown and 6 interceptions are a terrible return from 4 games and a big reason why The Bengals suck in the off season.
Super Bowl Chances: Praying For A Miracle
Being in one of the strongest division in the NFL, The Bengals have a chance every year of the Playoffs. Their problem they have this year is they look like they have lost ground on The Ravens and Steelers in retooling their team. They have an ok strength of schedule this year but really they need the Ravens and/or the Steelers to implode even if they are to make it to the Playoffs. Then you need a team known for choking in the Playoffs to show some backbone. Couple all of this with some players who love to play on the Razor’s Edge of the rulebook, it’s hard to see them lifting the Lombardi.
Head Coach: Hue Jackson
Entering the second season as head coach (a miracle in itself), Jackson will want to forget his first. Losing his first 14 games as a Head Coach usually means you don’t get the second
season. His only other Head Coach gig was an 8-8 season with The Raiders which he was fired after.
2016 Record: 1-15
1-15 says it all really. Losing 14 straight games before turning over The Chargers in week 16.
Draft Position: 1st
Player To Watch: Myles Garrett
The superstar of the 2017 draft, Garrett comes in with a sunning college record. 141 tackles, 31 sacks and 7 forced fumbles in 34 games is a good return. He had a solid Combine but now he needs to show why he was the first pick.
MVP: Joe Thomas
10 years, 160 games, 10 pro-bowls. This man IS The Browns. He could have won many Super Bowls with his talent if he changed teams. He has had 2 team owners, 6 head coaches, and multiple “Roster Rebuilds” but he has been the only constant for the last 10 years.
Super Bowl Chances: No Hope
While there is some talent on this team, there is nowhere near enough to even get them to the Playoffs. They would need all 3 team they share their division with to collapse and even at that, they would still probably “Brown It Up” and still finish 4th
Head Coach: John Harbaugh
Already with a Super Bowl Title to his name, Harbaugh enters 2017, his 10th season as Head Coach, with a lot to prove. 2 years with no playoff football is hard to stomach for a team which has reached the postseason 7 out of the 10 years under his leadership. His head is probably not on the line yet but if The Ravens are at home in January, it will definitely become a talking point.
2016 Record: 8-8
After winning the first 3 games on the season, The Ravens went into freefall and lost the next 4. They won 5 of the next 7, setting up a must win week 16 game with The Steelers for Playoff football. The Ravens lost and The Steelers went to the playoffs.
Draft Position: 16th
Player To Watch: Breshad Perriman
A third-year player, Perriman is expected to show his talent this year or he may go down as one of The Ravens’ biggest draft busts. His rookie year was wiped out by injury before the season started. Last year, he showed signs of promise with 33 catches for 499 yards and 3 touchdowns. This year, he needs to prove himself.
MVP: The Ravens Defence
There are so many playmakers on D now that it is shaping up to be an epic corp of players.
Michael Pierce, Brandon Williams, Terrell Suggs, C.J. Mosley, Brandon Carr, Tony Jefferson,
Jimmy Smith and Eric Weddle. This defense could dominate in a division where defense is king.
Super Bowl Chances: Outsiders
There is too many if’s with The Ravens Offense to know for sure where they truly stand. GM Ozzie Newsome’s solid rebuild job has brought in some major talent to the team who are feasibly in the window for another Super Bowl push but can only do it IF Joe Flacco has a good year IF they can get some production out of Danny Woodhead and IF the receivers can do the business. They should be fighting for Playoff spots and possibly home advantage but the offense really needs to turn it up compared to recent seasons.
Head Coach: Mike Tomlin
Starting his 11th year as Head Coach, Tomlin is one of the top NFL coaches. Missing the
Playoffs only 3 times and with a Super Bowl to his name, Tomlin has been quite successful.
There is no real threat to his job as things stand, in fact, he probably has the most secure job in the NFL next to Bill Belichick.
2016 Record: 11-5
A mid season 4 game losing streak was snapped by a run of 7 wins to carry The Steelers to the playoff. 2 wins in the postseason lead them to New England and a hammering by The Patriots 36-17.
Draft Position: 30th
Player To Watch: T.J. Watt
The Younger brother of Texans J.J. Watt, T.J. comes with a ton of hype. 2016 All-Big Ten First Team and All-American Second Teams honors, this Line Backer will want to make a big impression in hard-hitting AFC North.
MVP: The Triple B’s
Big Ben, Bell, Brown. The Pittsburgh three headed attack monster will set out to dominate again with their time together starting to come to an end. Roethlisberger has already threatened to retire. Le’Veon has been Franchise Tagged so it is unsure whether he will get a long term deal done before the 2018 season. Antonio has become the highest paid Wide Receiver in the NFL with his contract extended to 2021 so he is the only one who is definitely in Pittsburgh’s long term plans.
Super Bowl Chances: They Have A Chance
A middle of the road defense but a powerful offense, even more, powerful with a returning
Martavis Bryant to link up with the B-Boys, The Steelers had a chance at the Lombardi last
season. If the team can find the same form again, there is no reason they won’t be there again.