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Mr Smartmonies
06-17-2008, 09:57 PM
SUMMARY OF AFC NORTH 2008

Bengals 11-5
Ravens 10-6
Browns 7-9
Steelers 5-11

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their star QB Ben Roethlisberger during the 2nd week of the season. Roethlisberger fractured his Ankle while hes being throw to the ground by 3 players.Charlie Batch took over. The Steelers seemed to have life when they won their first two games with Batch. But it did not last with that challenging schedule. THey would go on to lose 8 out the next 9 games and finish at 5-11.

The Cleveland Browns seemed to have high promise coming off of their first ten win season in quite some time. But they found things tough going not unlike the Saints in 2007. Their offense did not catch anyone by surprise this season. Their defense was terrible.

The Baltimore Ravens went from the penthouse (in 2006) to the outhouse in 2007.
The appear to be moving back to the Penthouse under the Direction of new Coach Harbaugh. Harbaugh proved to be just what the Ravens needed. His motivational , upbeat personality gave the team a lift that it badly needed. Very much like when former Head Coach Bill Cowher took over for Chuck Noll in 92. In fact the 2008 Ravens sort of mirrored that of the 92 Steelers. A good Running game led by Willis Mcgahee, a solid defensive unit, and a weak schedule , helped provide the Ravens with 10 wins and nearly a division title.


The Cincy Bengals came into this season without any good news. They had finally shown the door to some of their law breaking players. Chad Johnson routinely gave the Bengals trouble in the offseason over his contract. But the Bengals got a major lift from their Running back that they drafted ealry last year. he got hurt and did not play in 2007. But he won the job in training camp and never looked back. The Bengals decided to start running the ball more often this year and it paid dividends. There was little pressure on Carson Palmer as his team was not expected to do much, This proved to be a good spot for him. The Bengals also finally got help on the Defensive side of the ball when their first round pick from a year ago became a shut down corner. Turnovers were the key in Cincy. Their opportunistic defense from 2005, finally returned and gave the Bengals a short field all year long as the the road an easy schedule to the Division championship. This continued a trend that since the inception of the AFC North, no team has repeated as division champs.


Nah, this could never happen.

stlrz d
06-17-2008, 10:02 PM
Not a chance.

RuthlessBurgher
06-17-2008, 10:27 PM
SUMMARY OF AFC NORTH 2008

Bengals 11-5
Ravens 10-6
Browns 7-9
Steelers 5-11

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their star QB Ben Roethlisberger during the 2nd week of the season. Roethlisberger fractured his Ankle while hes being throw to the ground by 3 players.Charlie Batch took over. The Steelers seemed to have life when they won their first two games with Batch. But it did not last with that challenging schedule. THey would go on to lose 8 out the next 9 games and finish at 5-11.

The Cleveland Browns seemed to have high promise coming off of their first ten win season in quite some time. But they found things tough going not unlike the Saints in 2007. Their offense did not catch anyone by surprise this season. Their defense was terrible.

The Baltimore Ravens went from the penthouse (in 2006) to the outhouse in 2007.
The appear to be moving back to the Penthouse under the Direction of new Coach Harbaugh. Harbaugh proved to be just what the Ravens needed. His motivational , upbeat personality gave the team a lift that it badly needed. Very much like when former Head Coach Bill Cowher took over for Chuck Noll in 92. In fact the 2008 Ravens sort of mirrored that of the 92 Steelers. A good Running game led by Willis Mcgahee, a solid defensive unit, and a weak schedule , helped provide the Ravens with 10 wins and nearly a division title.


The Cincy Bengals came into this season without any good news. They had finally shown the door to some of their law breaking players. Chad Johnson routinely gave the Bengals trouble in the offseason over his contract. But the Bengals got a major lift from their Running back that they drafted ealry last year. he got hurt and did not play in 2007. But he won the job in training camp and never looked back. The Bengals decided to start running the ball more often this year and it paid dividends. There was little pressure on Carson Palmer as his team was not expected to do much, This proved to be a good spot for him. The Bengals also finally got help on the Defensive side of the ball when their first round pick from a year ago became a shut down corner. Turnovers were the key in Cincy. Their opportunistic defense from 2005, finally returned and gave the Bengals a short field all year long as the the road an easy schedule to the Division championship. This continued a trend that since the inception of the AFC North, no team has repeated as division champs.


Nah, this could never happen.

Prince Akeem: Sir, did you happen to catch the professional football contest on television last night?
Cleo McDowell: No, I didn't.
Prince Akeem: Oh sir, the Giants of New York took on the Packers of Green Bay. And in the end, the Giants triumphed by kicking an oblong ball made of pigskin through a big "H". It was a most ripping victory.
Cleo McDowell: Son.
Prince Akeem: Yes?
Cleo McDowell: If you want to keep working here, stay off the drugs.
Prince Akeem: Yes.

By the way...since when does Baltimore have an easy schedule? Outside of two games (Our New England and San Diego vs. their Miami and Oakland), everyone is the division must play every team in the AFC South (Indy, Jax, Tenn, Hou) and NFC East (Dallas, NYG, Philly, Wash). Even with the Dolphins and Raiders there, that is no cupcake schedule.