5) Predicted order of finish?
BL: 1. Steelers 2. Ravens 3. Browns 4. Bengals
The Steelers should win this division just by throwing their helmets on the field, although the Ravens could cause some trouble with a remade offense, if QB Joe Flacco can rebound from his worst season since he was a rookie in 2008. The Browns are at least a year away, and the Bengals have seen much better days.
EE: 1. Steelers 2. Ravens 3. Browns 4. Bengals
The last two I debated for a minute; the first two felt pretty cut and dry. I suppose the Ravens could shock everyone and surpass the Steelers, but I might be the only man in America who is moderately encouraged about Baltimore’s chances this season. And why the Browns over the Bengals? I am just not sure there’s much upward movement for Cincy after a mostly unimpressive season, while the Browns really could be fun if they can navigate a tricky schedule and a QB battle properly.
GG: 1. Steelers 2. Ravens 3. Browns 4. Bengals
The Steelers remain the class organization in the division. For the Ravens to challenge them, Joe Flacco has to play great football. I think Cleveland will surprise some people. Their roster is fairly good now, but their coaching might be the worst in football. The Bengals, talent-wise, are the worst team in the division.
AA: 1. Steelers 2. Bengals 3. Ravens 4. Browns
The two quandaries: which club should immediately follow the Steelers, again a legitimate Super Bowl threat, and did the Browns establish enough credibility and competence to climb out of their familiar cellar? Ultimately, the Bengals continuity — on offense, not in the coaching ranks — gave them the nod over Baltimore, while it was the Browns’ continuity — the coaching staff, not the personnel — resigning them, still, to a familiar fate.
HA: 1. Steelers 2. Ravens 3. Browns 4. Bengals
Steelers would be as sure a thing as the Patriots, but Baltimore could surprise. Still, the Ravens might be the division's second-best, but they'll need some really bad luck for Steelers to pass them. The Browns finishing third assumes Jackson is replaced in-season, and then some of their highly-drafted youngsters start to emerge. Regarding the Bengals, it's not that Lewis is a bad coach — this has become a really weak roster.