AFC North

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1. Cincinnati Bengals

This is a new era in which they shall not be referred to as the ‘Bungals’.

2. Baltimore Ravens

Health and whether QB Lamar Jackson can return to his MVP form of 2019 will determine their success.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers

It’ll be interesting to see if Pittsburgh sneaks in and clinches a Wild Card spot this year.

4. Cleveland Browns

Not having newly acquired QB Deshaun Watson for the first 11 games will set them up for failure this season.

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AFC East

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1. Buffalo Bills

All the pieces are in place for them to take the top spot in the AFC.

2. Miami Dolphins

A busy offseason that involved a coaching change and the acquisition of WR Tyreek Hill.

3. New England Patriots

They will remain competitive, but almost the entire conference has a better crop of players.

4. New York Jets

They should be better as Robert Saleh has them trending in the right direction.

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Recap of Super Bowl LVI

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Mission Accomplished

When the trade was announced after the 2021 season that the Los Angeles Rams had acquired QB Matthew Stafford from the Detroit Lions, I knew it meant that they were serious about getting to the Super Bowl. After their last appearance they gave their quarterback at the time Jared Goff an extension that raised some eyebrows, but they felt they had a capable quarterback to get them back to the big game. That didn’t happen and the Rams brass decided to make a move.

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Super Bowl LVI

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If you had the Cincinnati Bengals appearing in the Super Bowl this season, congratulations. Hopefully you put a bet down on that before the season kicked off. They will be making their third Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. The last came in the 1988 season. They have yet to win a Super Bowl. For the Los Angeles Rams this will be their fifth Super Bowl appearance in franchise history. The last came in the 2018 season. The Rams only Super Bowl title came in the 1999 season. This will be the second consecutive Super Bowl where one participant will play on their home field. Last year we saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeat the Kansas City Chiefs. Will the Rams do the same at SoFi Stadium? The last time the city of Los Angeles hosted a Super Bowl was in 1973 when the Miami Dolphins completed their undefeated season. One team is having a ‘Cinderella’ type season, while the other has done everything to get to this point and remain title contenders. Don’t be fooled into thinking this will be a one-sided affair. That’s what they want you to think. It’s time to dive into this matchup.

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