I don't know about you guys, but I am READY for the season to start! However, I've been doing a lot of thinking on how are we gonna do after 16 games? After looking at the schedule, I could see us winning anywhere from 8 to 11 games. While many consider the AFC North (still the best division in the AFC IMO) up for grabs, I'm not so sure if we can win the division, but it's definitely possible.
While the Bengals lost both offensive and defensive coordinators, they still have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. After all, they ranked 10th in total offense and 3rd in total defense From what I've heard, it looks like Hue Jackson wants to run the ball more. While I have ZERO faith in AJ McC..... uh I mean Andy Dalton winning a playoff game, I could see them winning 12 games (and possibly the division) given their pattern of the number of games they won from the past few years (9 in 2011, 10 in 2012 and 11 last year).
I remembered quietly celebrating when the Steelers started 0-4 last year, not so much when the season ended. I've always thought that after the Big Four (Manning, Brady, Rodgers, Brees), Big Ben is number 5 in the game right now. Don't know much about their receiver corps outside of Antonio Brown, so I can't really comment on this. That being said, watch some rookie receiver gives us fits when we play Pittsburgh. With the hiring of Mike Munchak, it seems that they want to go back to running the ball like we do. And just like us, they're trying to get younger and faster on defense. Weren't people raving about the first round pick of theirs, Ryan Shazier? According to NFL.com, he's being compared to a younger Troy (here's the link http://www.nfl.com/n...r-troy-polamalu.)We'll find out soon enough. All in all, I could see them winning 10 or 11 games too.
Let me be clear: I would LOVE to win the division and maybe pull an upset or two in the playoffs just to disappoint a lot of these analysts who want to see Peyton vs. Brady yet again (well who wouldn't). But like I said, I'm not feeling too confident and training camp hasn't even started yet. Perhaps I might be too fair against these beloved divisional foes. So much time between now and the start of the season but I can't wait. I sure hope so we don't have the same fate as the Arizona Cardinals from last year.
Agree or disagree? Think we'll win the division, wild card, or miss the playoffs for the second time in a row. I would really like to hear what you guys think. Oh yeah, one more thing..............................GO RAVENS!!!!!!!
Edited by DomMcRaven, 16 July 2014 - 12:01 AM.