The Browns are...interesting and the Ravens are in uncharted territory
With the NFL pre-season well underway and the real action about to begin, we break down each division in the NFL to highlight what to what to watch out for, who to avoid in your Fantasy Football draft, and make one bold prediction which will surely come back to bite us.
Marv needs a playoff win.
Marvin Lewis is the second-longest serving head coach in the NFL (after Bill Belichick, who started out with the Patriots back in 2000) having been hired in 2003. His Bengals have undergone all sorts of transformations in that time, from the Chad Johnson/Carson Palmer era to the current AJ Green/Andy Dalton era. This current lineup might just be the best he's had at his disposal
The Bengals came close to upsetting their nemesis division rivals Pittsburgh Steelers in the wild card playoffs rounf despite finish two games clear of their rival on a pretty rough penalty call. It has been much of the same for Lewis during his time in Cincinnati - back luck compounded.
If Lewis can not make it into the playoffs this season, something that is not a given considering how good the Steelers are, the franchise might decide it's time to make a change after 13 years with Lewis as the head coach.
Robert Griffin III was good at one point in time. No, really, he was - have a look at this if you're too young to remember.
He must now follow in the footsteps of LeBron James in trying to bring sporting glory to the city of Cleveland, and while they won't win the Super Bowl, it will be interesting to see how he does with a healthy receiving corps once Josh Gordon returns. He has one last chance in the league and watching the Browns (provided you are not a Browns fan) is always fun, so keep a close eye on this story.
The Browns pull some form of run together and finish second in the division. Most likely, the Bengals and Steelers will battle it out for top spot but hear us out here.
Firstly, it's called the bold prediction column, so there's no point in predicting something dull.
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Secondly, Hue Jackson did an excellent job helping Joe Flacco become consistent when he was with the Ravens, and he also worked under Marvin Lewis at Cincinnati where he helped Andy Dalton do the same. He knows the division intimately, and has a pretty good chance at replicating that success with a quarterback who has a point to prove and is on his last legs in the league.
It's a seriously long shot with all their rookies, but if they can be competitive in the division, then who knows?
If you looked down the roster of wide receivers late in your fantasy draft and saw the name Corey Coleman, here's hoping you decided to take a bet on him.
The Bengals have nobody else and he moves in as the number one receiver for the first four games until Josh Gordon comes back. Terelle Pryor is the receiver slated to start on the other side, and that's just not going to work out for anyone. Coleman will get the targets, and has the skills to be productive.
Don't draft Joe Flacco - Injured most of last season and never particularly electrifying at the best of times, he doesn't have the receivers anymore and Baltimore don't look good this year.
Do draft Josh Gordon -You will get him late and will need to have replacements to fill in for the first few games but after that, you get a first round receiver late in the draft.
Do pick Gio Bernard - One of the most electrifying backs in the league, he will pick up yards and TDs along with goaline carries.
Don't pick Mike Wallace - Poor attitude and even poorer play since he left Pittsburgh. Steer clear of this former Steeler.
You can read the rest of our other divisional previews below: