The NFL’s AFC North is the only division in the AFC that does not contain a charter team from the original American Football League. It’s made up of the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Cleveland Browns and the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s hard nosed and smashmouth teams have led to the north being called “The toughest division in football.” Historically speaking, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had the most success, with the most playoff appearances, division titles, AFC titles, Super Bowl appearances and wins.
More recently, the Ravens, Steelers, and Bengals have all had talented and comparable teams, which will all be playoff threats… not so much the Brown.
NFL AFC North Scores And Standings
Here’s a glance at the AFC North Standings. Keep track of the division leaders, the cellar dwellers and follow who’s on the move.
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Let’s start with the Bengals. They’re good, but still one of the 13 NFL teams to not have won a Super Bowl as of the 2015 season, but they have made the playoffs every year since 2011. Andy Dalton is now the man, after Carson Palmer led the team from 2003 to 2010. He’s going to have lots of weapons at his disposal next year. He’ll need to use them, if they want to win the division.
As for Pittsburgh, Ben Roethlisberger is old and getting older. Many wonder how much he has left in the tank. But his B-game is good enough to guide them into another playoff race. But it feels like it could be a stretch to get his B-game.
Whereas the Ravens were ravaged by injuries and only won a handful of games in 2015. This year, they will presumably rebound a bit at full strength and make a bid for the playoffs. After a disappointing campaign last year, they hope to improve with good health and good fortune this coming season.
And then there’s the poor, poor Browns. They are looking to put all the off-field distractions from Johnny Manziel behind them and rebuild…again. He was supposed to be the golden child, but he turned out to be just a child. Oh well, onward and upward. Or, maybe downward. You can’t really blame any players or coaching staff for a playoff drought that spans two decades. Look for things to get worse before they get better. Or they may just stay awful for a few more years.