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.