With the NFL season right around the corner (crossing fingers, toes, and nose), I am going to kick off a series where I breakdown each division in the NFL. Recap the key additions, subtractions from the offseason and tell you what you should bet on the Over/Under for each team.
Today I am going to continue my series within the AFC North and tackle the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Key Additions: Calais Campbell, DJ Fluker, Matt Judon, Derek Wolfe, Patrick Queen, J.K. Dobbins, Justin Madubuike, Devin Duvernay
Key Subtractions: Seth Roberts, Hayden Hurst, Marshal Yanda, Chris Wormley, Brandon Carr, Michael Pierce, Patrick Onwuasor, Earl Thomas (was cut for punching teammate in the face)
Last years record: 13-3
Strength of Schedule: .438 (32nd)
Vegas Over/Under Win Total: 11.5
The Ravens have always had a way to just steal players from other teams. They did it again with the Jags and Campbell, and they manage to get the best running back in the draft with the 55th overall pick, teams like the Ravens stay good because of a great front office.
I would like to see Lamar step it up again with his arm as we saw the Titans shut down this team with ease in the playoffs, and it has a lot to do with Lamar. They will need to see more production out of this wide receiving crew to help Lamar, as he can’t do this entire thing on his own.
Ravens Over/Under 11.5: Over, but not betting it
2020 Record: 12-4
The Ravens have the easiest schedule in football in 2020, and honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised to see this team with 13-14 games, but I have a couple of missteps here and there that lead them to a 12-4 record but home field throughout.
Key Additions: Eric Ebron, Chris Wormley, Stefen Wisniewski, Chase Claypool, Alex Highsmith, Anthony McFarland Jr
Key Subtractions: Nick Vannett, Javon Hargrave, Anthony Chickillo, Mark Barron
Last years record: 8-8
Strength of Schedule: .457 (31st)
Vegas Over/Under Win Total: 9
The return of Big Ben is what we are all wanting to see right? Because how he plays upon his return is dependant on how far this team makes it. If he returns as the Ben of old, this team has loads of talent to make a deep run into the playoffs.
Minkah Fitzpatrick trade turned out to be one of the biggest steals in the trade of all-time and full year of him in that defense alongside Watt, the secondary has question marks, but this defense is one of the best in football.
Steelers Over/Under 9: Over but no thanks
2020 Record: 10-6
I still think this team has the talent on the defensive side of the ball to help Ben get back into that game shape. I like the Steelers for their easy schedule, and I look for them to make a splash in the playoffs pending Ben’s health.
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