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AFC North For The Record Predictions

Football has returned and we are counting down the days until the regular season begins. Every fan wants to know how their favorite team will perform this season and, here at Fanspeak, we now have a simulator called For The Record, where you can project the record for a team and see what other fans are projecting. Using this record projection simulator, I will be going through every team before the season starts and taking a look at how their season could turn out.

Please note that as I go through all eight divisions, the results of all games aren’t going to match up 100 percent. This is just a general look at each team’s season and a potential result.

Previously done: AFC East

Pittsburgh Steelers: 12-4

Steelers FTR 2015

Possessing one of the best offenses in the NFL, Pittsburgh is ready to defend their division title. The overhaul on defense is still underway, but the additions of outside linebacker Bud Dupree (draft) and cornerback Brandon Boykin (trade) should help the unit play at a good enough level to support the offense. After a week 11 bye, the Steelers’ schedule features five-straight 2014 playoff teams, meaning the team is going to need to start the season hot if they are to win the AFC North crown again.

Baltimore Ravens: 11-5

Ravens FTR 2015

In the first seven weeks of the season, Baltimore will have only two home games compared to five road games––four of which are trips to the West Coast. Once the Ravens get past this part of their schedule, they should find their groove at M&T Bank Stadium, where they hold one of the best home field advantages in the league. As always, the defense will be a formidable unit that is led by the linebackers. On offense, quarterback Joe Flacco has a strong offensive line, but there are a lot of unknowns at receiver and tight end. John Harbaugh and company should return to the postseason for the seventh time in eight seasons.

Cincinnati Bengals: 10-6

Bengals FTR 2015

Can the loaded AFC North produce three playoff teams again this season? With these record precautions, it seems very likely. A 10-6 record can win a division, but in the AFC North you could be looking at third place. Cincinnati has been one of the most consistent teams in recent years. Marvin Lewis and Andy Dalton will lead the team through a good, but inconsistent, regular season before exiting the playoffs without putting up much of a struggle. Right now, nothing seems to suggest a different result for the 2015 season.

Cleveland Browns:

Browns FTR 2015

Browns’ fans appear to be a bit optimistic with their predictions on the simulator, as an 8-8 season seems unrealistic given the talent level in Cleveland. Last year’s squad compares pretty similarly to this year’s team, but the schedule is tougher this time around, with the AFC North drawing the NFC West. A lack of a quality quarterback will bring Cleveland down (again). Neither Josh McCown and Johnny Manziel are good enough to get the job done. How long until Mike Pettine lets Manziel back under center?

Fanspeak’s For The Record Simulator

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