The 2019 season has come to a close and the AFC North was won by the Baltimore Ravens weeks ago. How did the rest of the division end the year?
So much for the AFC North being competitive in 2019, as the Baltimore Ravens absolutely smoked the division on their way to a 5-1 in-division record and 14-2 overall record. The first month of the season gave Cleveland Browns fans a little too much hope, as it was quickly squandered to the tune of a 3-3 in-division record and 6-10 overall record. The Pittsburgh Steelers played valiantly despite a plethora of injuries and the Cincinnati Bengals stunk it up big-time with a 1-5 in-division record and 2-14 overall record.
The AFC North was disappointing this year unless of course, you’re a Ravens fan (which if you’re reading this I’d imagine you are). The division was expected to have three legit contenders in the Ravens, Steelers, and the “Super Bowl-favorite” Browns. Instead, we had a lopsided finish.
For three of the AFC North teams, it’s 2020 NFL Draft season. For one team, the Baltimore Ravens, it’s all about the playoffs.
There was plenty that we learned from the 2019 season, however, and there’s a lot of drama going on. Cincinnati is getting ready to coach the Senior Bowl, Cleveland is searching for the next former-head coach, and Pittsburgh gets ready to retool their roster.
Here’s a quick wrap up of December 2019 for the AFC North, as well as what we learned from each team’s respective season.