December 23, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; The Pittsburgh Steelers offense lines up against the Cincinnati Bengals defense during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. The Cincinnati Bengals won 13-10. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

PredictionMachine.com picks Steelers to win AFC North. Herm Edwards picks Bengals

 

With the 2013 NFL regular season just two weeks away, the so called “experts” are putting out their most educated guesses and predictions as to how this season will shape out.

PredictionMachine.com doesn’t think the Cincinnati Bengals, or even the defending Super bowl champion Baltimore Ravens will win the AFC North, but instead, they went with the Pittsburgh Steelers to win the North:

 

 

 

Meanwhile, ESPN analyst Herm Edwards has the Bengals as his pick to win the AFC North on the strength of their defense:

Cincinnati allowed only 20 points per game last season (eighth in the NFL) and was the fifth-best overall defense by total yards allowed. The Bengals were seventh in passing defense and 12th in rushing D, showing that they were well-rounded. And they should be improved after this offseason.

Cincinnati should field one of the NFL’s most dominant defensive lines, including Geno Atkins – one of the best three-technique defensive tackles in the league. He had a dominant season in 2012 and will open up more space for talented pass-rushers like Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap. In the last eight games last season (during which the Bengals went 7-1), the defense had 31.0 sacks and allowed an average of only 12.75 points per game. Adding James Harrisonas a free agent should add to Cincinnati’s pass rush as well.

 

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