Interesting article from the Sporting News analyzing the world of grief the entire AFC North may be feeling this season. Mike Florio, who is most famous for his ProFootballTalk.com franchise, says that match-ups with NFC East opponents and select AFC contenders will render the division its first sub-.500 champion. From his column:
Each of the AFC North teams — Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers — will play each of the teams of the AFC South, which sent three teams (Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans) to the 2007 playoffs. And each of the AFC North teams will play all the teams of the NFC East, which sent three teams (Dallas Cowboys, Washington Redskins and New York Giants) to the playoffs last season as well.
It looks like particularly bad news for the Ravens, who outside of these games, only have veritable gimme games against the Houston Texans, the Miami Dolphins and the Oakland Raiders. And as we saw last year against the Dolphins, anything is possible.