Ravens: Still the best team in the AFC North?

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Jun 16, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) speaks with wide receiver A.J. Green (18) during minicamp at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Bengals

Re-signed: Rey Maualuga (LB), Mike Nugent (K), Eric Winston (OT), Clint Boling (G)

Free agency additions: A.J. Hawk (LB), Micheal Johnson (DE)

Free agency losses: Robert Geathers (DE), Marshall Newhouse (OT), Mike Pollack (G)

Draft picks: 1-Cedric Ogbuehi (OT), 2-Jake Fisher (OT), 3-Tyler Kroft (TE), 3-Paul Dawson (LB), 4-Josh Shaw (CB), 4-Marcus Hardison (DE), 5-C.J. Uzomah (TE), 6-Derron Smith (FS), 7-Mario Alford (WR)

The Bengals’ offensive line, already a big strength, gets even stronger this offseason.  But is it enough to catapult the team past the first round of the playoffs?  It at least gives Andy Dalton a fighting chance in a division loaded with defensive talent, perhaps.

The Bengals figure to be strong on the defensive side of the ball once again, and they have a nice 1-2 punch in the running game with Jeremy Hill and Giovani Bernard.  They also have dominant wide receiver A.J. Green returning for his contract year.

The Bengals have long been the Ravens’ regular season kryptonite, and many wonder if that streak will end this year.  The Bengals appear to have had a rather ho-hum offseason, but this is a team that currently rides or dies with the performance of Dalton.

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