The Baltimore Ravens are primed for a comeback season like no other in 2022, but the team can’t underestimate the gauntlet that is the AFC North.
The Ravens did well in this offseason, but so did the rest AFC North: Cincinnati BengalsThe Cleveland Browns traded Deshaun for Watson, while the Pittsburgh Steelers retooled their offensive lines and acquired key roster players who could keep the team competitive.
Many would consider the Ravens perennial playoff contenders. However, the rise of the Bengals or the Browns makes it difficult for the AFC North to win. As in any other division, there is no guarantee that a team will be in the playoffs.
CBS Sports’ Jason La CanforaHis 2022 divisional power rankings were released recently and the AFC North was ranked second overall.
“We all know that the balance of power in this league has swung to this conference in a big way. It’s reflected in these rankings and projections. Baltimore and Pittsburgh are annual playoff contenders.
The Bengals are looking like a model franchise with all of their young talent still on the cheap and the Browns will probably still Brown it up, but have the makings of a better defense.”
The Ravens play in one the most difficult divisions of the league
All four AFC North teams have a legitimate shot at making the postseason, and all in all La Canfora’s arguments here make a lot of sense.
The AFC West is unbeatable, and that’s obvious. The Chiefs are led by a great quarterback and a stellar lineup. The Raiders, Chargers and Broncos are all among the best in the league.
However, the AFC North sneakily slips by as an elite division in itself, full of high-octane matchups among elite quarterbacks and solid defences.
The Ravens have an extremely talented secondary unit going into 2022. They have acquired the likes Kyle Hamilton, Marcus Williams, but the offense still needs some fine tuning with Lamar Jackson in rehab and a thin wide receiver corp.
What do you think? Is the AFC North considered the second-best NFL division?