AFC North

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:23 AM ET

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

2004 RECORD: 15-1

SUPER ODDS: 8-1; OVER/UNDER: 10

SUN SAYS: A year ago, Ben Roethlisberger was about to lead the Steelers to a 15-1 season and the most successful campaign by a rookie QB. This pre-season, he was unable to lead the team to an offensive touchdown. It's virtually impossible to repeat a one-loss year for anyone and with hurting RBs Duce Staley and Jerome Bettis, the Steelers start the season under a cloud. They do have every starter from the NFL's leading defence back, however.

BALTIMORE RAVENS

2004 RECORD: 9-7

SUPER ODDS: 12-1; OVER/UNDER: 10

SUN SAYS: Addition of receivers Derrick Mason and rookie Mark Clayton finally a complement to RB Jamal Lewis and the Ray Lewis-led defence. On paper, this team may be as good or better than the Super Bowl winning Ravens of five years ago which has made them a sleeper pick to go deep in both the division and the conference. Solid enough to compete with just about any team in the league.

CINCINNATI BENGALS

2004 RECORD: 8-8

SUPER ODDS: 35-1; OVER/UNDER: 8

SUN SAYS: After back-to-back 8-8 seasons, it's time for the Bengals to show whether they are good enough to move beyond mediocrity. Four road games in first six weeks will determine if they are fringe playoff contenders and much of that hinges on the continued development of QB Carson Palmer, who struggled this summer. "We had some 'brain farts' here and there," Palmer said of the pre-season.

CLEVELAND BROWNS

2004 RECORD: 4-12

SUPER ODDS: 80-1; OVER/UNDER: 4 1/2

SUN SAYS: Former Patriots defensive coordinator Romeo Crennell takes over as head coach and brought along Joe Andruzzi which will help. Like Nick Saban in Miami, he has his work cut out for him, however. Trent Dilfer will be a safe option at QB after years of mysery at the position in Cleveland while Lee Suggs and Reuben Droughns should offer a semblance of a ground game. The Browns need much more than that however.


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