2011 NFL Division Preview

The Baltimore Ravens Pounce on the AFC North [2011 NFL Division Preview]

8/29/11 in NFL   |   BenSullivan   |   96 respect

What a weekend. Lots of preseason football, a hurricane for many of us, and most importantly my 30 round dynasty league initial fantasy football draft.
 
Ok, maybe just most importantly for me. For a lot of you out there the hurricane took precedence, and my thoughts and prayers go out to anyone who was affected by Irene. It can be just amazing to see the sheer power of Mother Nature.
 
I weathered the storm on Nantucket island, where we got spared the worst. The wind was fierce, but compared to what some others got we got off easy.
 
So now that the storm has passed let’s get back to talking some football. Today’s topic is the AFC North, a division that has given us some of the most hard hitting and competitive football in the league for the last few years.
 
As has become the norm, this year it will once again come down to a race between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Baltimore Ravens. The Cleveland Browns will be improved, but aren’t quite there yet to seriously challenge the two bullies at the top of the division. And as for the Bengals, well there back where we’re used to seeing them, counting their wins on one hand.
 
The Steelers will bring a top five defense and a solid offense to the table. The Ravens will bring a solid defense and a top five offense. And because the new rules in the NFL say that offense wins, not defense anymore, the Ravens will be the ones to take the division.
 
It’ll be close for sure, both teams are going to put up double digit win totals, but in the end the Ravens offense is set up to join the elite point scoring units in the league, and that will be the difference between the two.
 
Most importantly, it’s going to be a competitive division that’ll give us some great football games to watch this fall.
 
In case you missed it last week, here’s my AFC South Preview
 
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9/2/11   |   Joe_L   |   12372 respect

derms33 wrote:
Steelers still can't cover anyone. Relying on your blitz and sacks to win games can only make up for terrible coverage for so long

I agree in the past ten season the Steelers could only come away with. 8 winning seasons, 3 wild card appearances, 5 divisional playoff appearances,  5 conference championships (loosing 2 of those) and 3 super bowl appearances (winning 2 of those). Just plain pitiful, they should be ashamed.

Just a FYI the Steelers are a blitzing team.

carry on....

8/30/11   |   RaiderSteeler15   |   21506 respect

 We'll c who's da toughest team in da AFC North...

8/30/11   |   derms33   |   17652 respect

Steelers still can't cover anyone. Relying on your blitz and sacks to win games can only make up for terrible coverage for so long

8/30/11   |   derms33   |   17652 respect

kramer wrote:
 Mike Wallace will be in his 3rd year.  I expect a great deal from him this year.  I've also loved what I've seen from Antonio Brown.  This is the best WR core the Steelers have had in a long time.  I know age will eventually catch up to Hines, but he still appears to have something left in the tank.  I'm thinking he still has 2 years left, 3 at most.

The Ravens have a good bit of weapons, but I think their offense lost a little too much in one year.  No Heap, McClain, McGahee, Mason, AND Stallworth?  That's a lot to overcome IMO.

I say 13-3 for the Steelers, possibly 14-2.  Ravens will be 10-6, still a legit contender for the Wild Card, but they, like the Steelers, have been a defensive powerhouse for a long time, and with an offense that hasn't always put up big numbers to being with, losing so many key players and replacing them with guys who I don't think can match what the lost players have done, the Ravens will take a step backwards this year.

gained Ricky Williams, Lee Evans, Bernard Pollard...Stallworth?  He was only a threat to kill someone

8/29/11   |   kramer   |   11004 respect

 Mike Wallace will be in his 3rd year.  I expect a great deal from him this year.  I've also loved what I've seen from Antonio Brown.  This is the best WR core the Steelers have had in a long time.  I know age will eventually catch up to Hines, but he still appears to have something left in the tank.  I'm thinking he still has 2 years left, 3 at most.

The Ravens have a good bit of weapons, but I think their offense lost a little too much in one year.  No Heap, McClain, McGahee, Mason, AND Stallworth?  That's a lot to overcome IMO.

I say 13-3 for the Steelers, possibly 14-2.  Ravens will be 10-6, still a legit contender for the Wild Card, but they, like the Steelers, have been a defensive powerhouse for a long time, and with an offense that hasn't always put up big numbers to being with, losing so many key players and replacing them with guys who I don't think can match what the lost players have done, the Ravens will take a step backwards this year.