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2015 NFL Season: Predicting the AFC Playoff Picture

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Nov 23, 2014; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Jeremy Hill (32) runs with the ball against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Division Winner: Cincinnati Bengals

This is by far the toughest division to figure out, but I have to lean towards the Bengals.  Cincinnati has been more than frustrating the last few seasons, but last year they improved in a few areas that have been glaring weaknesses.

The Bengals’ secondary improved dramatically last season, and considering they had no pass rush, the secondary’s work was even more impressive.  Cincinnati’s additions include A.J. Hawk and Michael Johnson, and another solid draft which addressed positions of need.  The Bengals addressed their woeful pass rush this offseason and in prior drafts.  Also, the Bengals were banged up at a lot of key positions last year, yet still managed to win 10 games.  Look for this team to bounce back and take the AFC North in 2015.

Most Interesting Team: Cleveland Browns

The Browns seem so crazy and dysfunctional that everyone likes to immediately write them off.  The truth is, Cleveland had a great draft and is finally showing signs of stability.  With the Ravens losing key receivers, in Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones, as well as a few key defensive players and the Steelers officially breaking up their Steel Curtain defense, it might be an opportunity for the Browns to sneak in and give the Bengals a run for their money.

Next: Wild Cards

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