- Baltimore Ravens (13-3)*
- Pittsburgh Steelers (9-7)*
- Cincinnati Bengals (7-9)
- Cleveland Browns (6-10)
The Baltimore Ravens are the team to beat after a dominant 2019 season led by reigning league-MVP Lamar Jackson. The Ravens had the No. 4 defense in the NFL last year, and it could be even stronger in 2020 with the addition inside linebackers Patrick Queen and Malik Harrison, and defensive tackle Justin Madubuike. The offense could also improve with second-round pick J.K Dobbins.
Getting Ben Rothlisberger back from injury is good news for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they should be competitive in the AFC North this year, although they’re a long way off the Ravens.
The Cincinnati Bengals could be the most improved team in the division with the addition of first-overall pick Joe Burrow. The Bengals brought back A.J. Green and drafted Tee Higgins, giving Burrow a strong receiving corps to work with in his rookie year. The Bengals will be improved but still need work to make it back into the playoffs.
The Cleveland Browns were one of the biggest disappointments in the NFL last season, but in a more competitive division, they fall short of expectations again.
The AFC North sends two teams to the postseason. The Ravens earn the number two seed in the AFC, with the Steelers taking the seventh seed, which is now a wild-card spot.