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Cincinnati’s Potential Path to the AFC North’s top Offense

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BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off the field with guard Christian Westerman #63 and center Russell Bodine #61 against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - DECEMBER 31: Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals walks off the field with guard Christian Westerman #63 and center Russell Bodine #61 against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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Comparison 3: Cincinnati vs Cleveland

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns throws the ball in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – DECEMBER 30: Quarterback Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns throws the ball in the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on December 30, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

The Browns have to be the preseason favorite for the top offense in the division in 2019. Led by rookie standout Baker Mayfield, the Browns also seem to have offensive cornerstones at running back in Nick Chubb, at receiver in Jarvis Landry, and at offensive line in Joel Bitonio. Even younger parts of the Browns roster, such as former 4th round pick Antonio Callaway and former 1st round pick David Njoku will be looking to shine amongst the new team being built in Cleveland.

Inexperience and a new coaching staff are really what the questions will be for Cleveland this year. The talent of the team was evident in their final 8 games of 2018, and Baker Mayfield appears to be a legitimate franchise talent. Cincinnati should rely on its experience and veteran presence when comparing themselves to the Browns and note that Andy Dalton, A.J Green and Joe Mixon have been playing together far longer than the upstart Browns have in Cleveland.

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