There is a changing of the guard in the AFC North. The division has almost been turned upside down. There is no longer a norm of the Pittsburgh Steelers running the show; instead, they are watching from the bottom. The Cincinnati Bengals have arrived and shockingly behind them are the Cleveland Browns, who don’t even know who their starter is week to week.
One question is: where does this leave the Baltimore Ravens? More importantly, can they push out a win today and right the ship?
Are the Super Bowl champs doomed to have a future where third place becomes the unsatisfactory norm? Since 2008, John Harbaugh came on the scene and set a standard of second or better. It’s not necessarily all on the Ravens; okay, they slipped a little with the hire of a horrible defensive coordinator and offensive line coach, along with huge personnel changes during the offseason, but the teams in the AFC North have been working over the years to get better.
Credit has to go to the GMs of the Browns and Bengals. Monster drafts over the years have helped them tremendously.
Today’s game between the Ravens and Bengals is more than just a game. Records aside, this game means so much more. The victor of this game sends a statement to the AFC North and establishes where they belong. Any battle in this division is hard-fought, and the injury report for the following week is usually full of names. Please ensure all restroom breaks are taken prior to this matchup, folks. This is going to be one heck of a game.