ICYMI: NFL Season Preview: The AFC North Division

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Aug 10, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) throws a pass against the New York Giants during the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

 

Meanwhile, the Steel City countered problems of its own at the start of the offseason. The team had to cut a few key veterans to meet its salary cap, and that loss of experience could potentially hurt the team. Ben Roethlisberger has dealt with injuries on and off for the last six months, and his health will be the single largest factor as to whether the Steelers can make the playoffs this year.

The Bengals may be in the most interesting position this season. After adding Giovani Bernard and Tyler Eifert, Andy Dalton will have a plethora of weapons to tear through pretty much any defense.

Speaking of defense, Cincinnati has found a way to retain all of its key players. It wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see the Bengals boast a top-three defense this year, and the team should be in every game come the fourth quarter because of it.

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