1. Cincinnati Bengals- (11-5)- This is a team that is loaded with talent all over the field. Carson Palmer may not of had the best numbers since he was injured in that playoff game several years ago, but this year look for him to jump back up into the top 10 of NFL quarterbacks. With T.O. and Jordan Shipley pairing up with Chad Ochocinco and also Jermaine Gresham, Palmer will have a lot of opportunities to put up big passing numbers. The Bengals also have a great running attack with Cedric Benson, who has finally found a home in Cincinnati, and Bernard Scott is a very good backup running back. Cincy also may have the best secondary, after the Jets, with corners Jonathan Joseph, Leon Hall, and safety Chris Crocker. Safety Roy Williams and corner Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones have also rededicated themselves to getting into shape and look to be at the top of their games once again.
2. Baltimore Ravens- (10-6)- For the first time in the history of the Baltimore Ravens offense will have to lead this team to victory. Flacco has some great weapons around him with the additions of T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Anquan Boldin, and the return of Todd Heap, Derrick Mason and Ray Rice. On the defensive side while their line is great, but Ray Lewis is starting show some age and their secondary this year is a mess. Domonique Foxworth is injured and the loss of Ed Reed is devastating. In the past two season we have seen how thee Colts defense has faltered without Bob Sanders, and the Steelers struggled without Troy Polamalu, now the Ravens are without one of the greatest safeties in league history. If the secondary can hold it together then this is a real super bowl contender.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers- (8-8)- The Steelers are a very interesting team they bring in Larry Foote, Will Allen, and Bryant McFadden to a very good defense that could be great in 2010, but the best addition will be having a healthy Troy Polamalu. The one thing about the Steelers is that I dislike their offense. With no Roethlisberger for the first four games, the Steelers will go 1-3 in those opening games, and they have lost some real fire power on offense. Santonio Holmes and Willie Parker are gone and I am not a big fan of what they have left. This is a team that could win the AFC West with some ease, but in the AFC North they are a third place team.
4. Cleveland Browns- (3-13)- When your best player is an left tackle (Joe Thomas) and your best scoring option is your kick and punt returner (Josh Cribbs), you do not have a good team… and the Browns are a bad team. The Browns will most likely be the worst team in the NFL this year. They will have a few bright spots on this team, I personally am a big fan of WR Mohamed Massaquoi, RB Jerome Harrison, and OLB Matt Roth, but outside of these guys this team is mostly trash. Jake Delhomme has not been a good starting quarterback outside of the one year he lead the Panther to the super bowl, and if he doesn’t do the job the Browns are left with Seneca Wallace (an ok backup but not an NFL starting quarterback), and Colt McCoy (who has been very unimpressive in the preseason). The Browns added CB Sheldon Brown, LB Chris Gocong, and LB Scott Fuijta to their defense, however none of which are really game changers who will dramatically change the NFL’s second worst defense, and look foe first round pick CB Joe Haden from Florida to be the next in a long line of Cleveland Browns first round busts.