Cincinnati Bengals: Stealing one player from each divisional rival

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Here, we steal one player from each of the Cincinnati Bengals’ divisional rivals to get a better understanding of the AFC North. 

The AFC North, home of the Cincinnati Bengals, is widely known as one of the best divisions in football.

The bitter rivalries that exist between the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburg Steelers, Cleveland Browns, and the men in stripes have earned the division a reputation of toughness and extreme competitiveness. That statement may not hold any more weight than it does heading into the 2020 campaign.

The four pillars of the North are all looking strong after an offseason that saw plenty of change.

The Ravens added star defensive end Calais Campbell to pair with the reigning league MVP, Lamar Jackson. The Steelers get Ben Roethlisberger back to lead a team that is overflowing with defensive talent. The Browns welcome a more worthy coaching staff to guide a talented roster. And, of course, the Bengals look to claw their way back to the top after adding Joe Burrow and revamping the defense.

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To better get an understanding of the strengths of the AFC North, we’ll run through a scenario where the Bengals steal one player from each rival in the division. In doing so, it will help identify the strengths of their opponents and just how much they may rely on a single player.