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2013 NFL Preview: AFC North

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2012 Record: 5-11; 4th Place

2013 Prediction: 6-10

Confidence in Pick: 25%

Losses: Phil Dawson, Ben Watson, Frostee Rucker, Josh Johnson, Kaluka Maiava

Pickups: Paul Kruger, Desmond Bryant, Quentin Groves, Davone Bess, David Nelson, Jason Campbell, Barkevious Mingo, Rod Chudzinski, Norv Turner, Mike Lombardi

Reasons for Optimism:

Brandon Weeden – Like Ryan Tannehill, Weeden was better than I thought he would be. He had a respectable rookie year, 3,385 yards and 14 TDs. He should be better in 2013.

Trent Richardson – He only had 950 yards in 2012, but he had 11 rushing TDs and has the ability to be a stud. He reminds me of Steven Jackson, a good strong runner who can catch fairly well coming out of the backfield. Richardson has the ability to carry this team at times and can take the pressure off Weeden.

Defense – This is a very underrated defense. Joe Hayden is one of the best cover corners and the addition of Krueger and Mingo should add some playmaking ability to this defense. Combined with D’Qwell Jackson, Phil Taylor and TJ Ward, this should be a top 10 defense in 2013.

O-Line – Like the defense, this is a very underrated unit, and very well may be the best O-Line in the division. They should be able to protect Weeden and open holes for Richardson.

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