AFC North: The Bengals Biggest Threat

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Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks on prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 13, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) looks on prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /
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Cleveland Browns

This is a no-brainer. One name will start the conversation. Hue Jackson is now Public Enemy Number One, to the majority of Bengals fans. His hiring, as the Browns’ taskmaster, was looked upon as a slap in the face.Jackson served as offensive coordinator for the Bengals. He was instrumental in helping Andy Dalton develop the leadership qualities he has today.

If the Browns allow Jackson to have free rein over the quarterbacks, Cleveland could develop into the threat that Paul Brown created years ago. His play calling and use of shifts and motion will be a breath of fresh air. Undoubtedly, many of the sets will be from the Bengals playbook.That can be both a curse and a blessing. The Bengals’ defense will be able to sniff out familiar plays. But, against opponents outside the AFC North, Jackson may be able to pull off his trickery.

This year will be a learning curve for the Browns. In a few seasons, the “team by the lake” should be able to give the Bengals a scare. As for now, it feels like the year of the tiger. 

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