2018 AFC NORTH PREVIEW

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helmets 3_clipped_rev_1Pittsburgh Steelers

2017 Finish – 1st 11-5 #2 Seed Lost in AFC Championship

Team Owner: Michael Martin

OVERALL RATING: 85

The Steelers are a young team, but have some veteran playmakers, With Michael Martin at the helm, they had some dominant games last season. Can Pittsburgh conjure the Steeler magic again? User picks from the LB position will be key to this teams success in 2018.

  • OFFENSIVE STARS

AntBrown WR Antonio Brown #84

OVR: 99, Age: 30, 71 Rec, 1131 Yds, 6 TDs

DDeCastro RG David DeCastro #66

OVR: 93, Age: 28, 9 Sacks Allowed

BRoethlisberger QB Ben Roethlisberger #7

OVR: 91, Age: 36, 205/327 63%, 2717 Yds, 16 TD/11 INT

  • DEFENSIVE STARS

RShazier MLB Ryan Shazier #50

OVR: 91, Age: 25, 119 Tkls, 10 INTs, 2.5 Sacks

STuitt DT Stephon Tuitt #91

OVR: 90, Age: 25, 64 Tkls, 9.5 Sacks, 22 TFLs

CHeyward DT Cameron Heyward #97

OVR: 87, Age: 29, 58 Tkls, 8.0 Sacks, 8 TFLs

  • BEST DRAFT SELECTION

SHarewood LOLB Spencer Harewood, OVR: 80, 1st Round, 29th Pick

Opposing Coach Comment

Although they got rid of Bell last season, they still have one of the most potent offenses in the AFC. Their defense looks to be the best in the AFC North, they will be in contention for a Super Bowl once again this year.

Prediction – 3rd, Misses Playoffs

helmets 3_clipped_rev_1Baltimore Ravens

2017 Finish – 2nd 9-7

Team Owner: Neal Mason

OVERALL RATING: 85

Where to start? New, explosive running back? Check. New wide receiver? Check. Young Quarterback to build around? Check. The most active team on the offseason, Neal Mason’s Ravens are ready to win now. Baltimore is built perfectly for Neal’s style, and now the former Champion is ready to dominate.

  • OFFENSIVE STARS

MYanda RG Marshal Yanda #73

OVR: 95, Age: 33, 5 Sacks Allowed

TColeman HB Tevin Coleman #27

OVR: 90, Age: 25, w/ATL 104 Att, 723 Yds, 12 TDs

DAdams WR Davante Adams #17

OVR: 86, Age: 25, w/ GB 76 Rec, 1112 Yds, 5 TDs

  • DEFENSIVE STARS

EWeddle FS Eric Weddle #32

OVR: 93, Age: 33, 84 Tkls, 5 INTs, 2 TFLs

CJMoseley MLB C.J. Mosley #57

OVR: 93, Age: 26, 107 Tkls, 4.5 Sacks, 11 INTs

TJefferson SS Tony Jefferson #23

OVR: 89, Age: 26, 59 Tkls, 0 INTs, 2 TFLs

  • BEST DRAFT SELECTION

CDatko LT Chancey Datko, OVR: 76, 3rd Round, 17th Pick

Opposing Coach Comment

The Ravens were already a tough team. They just got tougher adding the likes of Devante Adams and Tevin Coleman. Could be a wild ride out north

Prediction – 1st, AFC #2 Seed, Loss in Super Bowl

helmets 3_clipped_rev_1Cincinnati Bengals

2017 Finish – 3rd 6-10

Team Owner: Glen Cieske

OVERALL RATING: 82

With Glen Cieske sitting out season 1, the league didn’t see his style. Now the formation subs, and player use will ramp up. The most situational owner in the league, including Imperfect611, will now get his chance in user-user competition. The roster is young, but they do have monster playmakers on offense. Look out

  • OFFENSIVE STARS

AJGreen WR A.J. Green #18

OVR: 96, Age: 30, 78 Rec, 1143 Yds, 9 TDs

TEifert TE Tyler Eifert #85

OVR: 96, Age: 27, 56 Rec, 728 Yds, 4 TDs

JMixon HB Joe Mixon #28

OVR: 89, Age: 22, 296 Att, 1477 Yds, 13 TDs

  • DEFENSIVE STARS

GAtkins DT Geno Atkins #97

OVR: 90, Age: 30, 50 Tkls, 6.0 Sacks, 8 TFLs

VBurfict ROLB Vontaze Burfict #55

OVR: 90, Age: 27, 24 Tkls, 2.0 Sacks, 4 TFLs

CDunlap LE Carlos Dunlap #96

OVR: 88, Age: 29, 70 Tkls, 20.0 Sacks, 11 TFLs

  • BEST DRAFT SELECTION

CFinley CB Curtis Finley, OVR: 78, 1st Round, 11th Pick

Opposing Coach Comment

Glen is a great football mind, he picks up opponent tendencies and makes them play left handed as well as anyone in the league. It’ll be interesting to see how quickly he gels with his team after sitting out last year, and how he deals with mediocre quarterback play. I expect he’ll contend for a wildcard spot this year

Prediction – 2nd, Misses Playoffs

helmets 3_clipped_rev_1Cleveland Browns

2017 Finish – 4th 1-15

Team Owner: Spayer419

OVERALL RATING: 80

Oh the Browns. Spayer419’s rebuild continues, although strides were made in the offseason. Will this be a Philadelphia 76er’s process, or a Houston Astro’s process? Time will tell. But time may not be on their side. The Quarteback for the rest of the cycle is now in Cleveland, but what does that mean without outside weapons? Hopefully the Browns and Spayer419 will be a little more competitive this season. It’s no fun when a user team wins one game

  • OFFENSIVE STARS

JThomas LT Joe Thomas #73

OVR: 95, Age: 33, 19 Sacks Allowed

KZeitler RG Kevin Zeitler #70

OVR: 91, Age: 28, 11 Sacks Allowed

DNjoku TE David Njoku #85

OVR: 88, Age: 22, 66 Rec, 1005 Yds, 5 TDs

  • DEFENSIVE STARS

MGarrett RE Myles Garrett #95

OVR: 96, Age: 22, 101 Tkls, 23.5 Sacks, 24 TFLs

JCollinsJr LOLB Jamie Collins Sr. #51

OVR: 89, Age: 28, 76 Tkls, 5.0 Sacks, 12 TFLs

DShelton DT Danny Shelton #55

OVR: 87, Age: 25, 64 Tkls, 7.0 Sacks, 16 TFLs

  • BEST DRAFT SELECTION

SSmelter DT Sean Smelter, OVR: 75, 5th Round, 1st Pick

Opposing Coach Comment

I’m interested to see if the Browns can take advantage of the numerous draft picks they have and field a playoff caliber team.

Prediction – 4th, Misses Playoffs

 

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