ESPN.com asked its AFC North correspondents to pick the division winner and name which team or teams will make the playoffs. Not that they're being homers or anything, but ...
The reporter who covers the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jeremy Fowler, picked the Steelers to win the division, with the Ravens making the postseason as a wild card. The Ravens correspondent, Jamison Hensley, picked the Ravens to win it, with no wild card from the AFC North. Coley Harvey, the Cincinnati Bengals reporter, said Pittsburgh will win the division and the Bengals will grab a wild card.
As for Pat McManamon, Cleveland Browns correspondent, no, he didn't pick the Browns. He went with the Steelers as division champs and the Bengals as a wild card.
"The Steelers have too much talent not to win the division," McManamon said.
Fowler called the Steelers "loaded" on offense, ready to produce their best results on that side of the ball since Ben Roethlisberger has been Pittsburgh's quarterback. And the defense, one of the worst in the league (No. 25) against the run, figures to improve, Fowler said. Hensley, however, doesn't see it that way. "The Steelers’ downfall is going to be their defense," he said.
Harvey said: "The Bengals basically bring back the same team they had a year ago. Consistency and stability can help, that’s for sure."
The correspondents cited the division's tough schedule this season against the AFC West and NFC West, and Hensley said 10 wins will win the AFC North in 2015.
Nobody said that the division will repeat its three teams in the playoffs this season.
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