The AFC North has been a three-horse race for years, with the Cleveland Browns an afterthought as continuous bottom-dwellers.
After going 1-32 over the past two seasons, the Browns are banking on turning around their woes by notching multiple wins this year, but have a long climb up the division.
Learn more about the teams with our AFC North team guides.
Head coach: John Harbaugh
Star player: Marshal Yanda
Last season: 9-7
Key ins: Michael Crabtree (Oakland), Willie Snead (New Orleans), John Brown (Arizona), Lamar Jackson (rookie), Haydan Hurst (rookie)
Key outs: Mike Wallace (Philadelphia), Jeremy Maclin (free agent), Danny Woodhead (retired), Lardarius Webb (free agent), Ben Watson (New Orleans)
Strengths: Defence had the most takeaways in the league (34) and second-best passer rating against (72.4) last season.
Weaknesses: Passing game was abysmal under Joe Flacco.
Verdict: Jackson’s presence may push Flacco and his weapons have improved, so a return to the playoffs is within their reach.
Head coach: Marvin Lewis
Star player: A.J. Green
Last season: 7-9
Key ins: Cordy Glenn (Buffalo), Preston Brown (Buffalo), Billy Price (rookie), Jessie Bates (rookie), Sam Hubbard (rookie)
Key outs: Jeremy Hill (New England), A.J. McCarron (Oakland), George Iloka (Minnesota), Adam Jones (Denver), Russell Bodine (Buffalo), Andre Smith (Arizona), Eric Winston (free agent)
Strengths: Talented skill players on offence.
Weaknesses: Shaky offensive line play resulted in second-fewest rushing yards in the league last year (1,366).
Verdict: Have finished third in the division in consecutive years but possess the tools to change that.
Head coach: Hue Jackson
Star player: Myles Garrett
Last season: 0-16
Key ins: E.J. Gaines (Buffalo), Jarvis Landry (Miami), Tyrod Taylor (Buffalo), Carlos Hyde (San Francisco), Chris Hubbard (Pittsburgh), Damarious Randall (Green Bay), Baker Mayfield (rookie), Denzel Ward (rookie), Nick Chubb (rookie),
Key outs: Isaiah Crowell (NY Jets), DeShone Kizer (Green Bay), Danny Shelton (New England), Joe Thomas (retired)
Strengths: Could have one of the best receiver duos with Landry and Josh Gordon.
Weaknesses: Allowed the highest passer rating of any team last year (102.2).
Verdict: They’ll make progress and (finally) win a handful of games.
Head coach: Mike Tomlin
Star player: Antonio Brown
Last season: 13-3, lost in Divisional Round
Key ins: Jon Bostic (Indianapolis), Morgan Burnett (Green Bay), Terrell Edmunds (rookie), James Washington (rookie), Mason Rudolph (rookie)
Key outs: Ryan Shazier (injury), Martavis Bryant (free agent), Mike Mitchell (free agent), Chris Hubbard (Cleveland)
Strengths: Have arguably the best offensive weapons in the league.
Weaknesses: They’ve yet to recover from the loss of Shazier, making their linebacking unit a soft spot.
Verdict: Along with New England and Jacksonville, they’re one of the top contenders in the conference once again.
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