20 Bold Predictions For the 2021 NFL Season

AFC North Winner — Cleveland Browns

This is their year. The Browns have not won the division since 1989. Some might forget that Cleveland actually finished third in the AFC North last year despite winning 11 games — highest total since ’94 — and making the playoffs. This year, the Browns could potentially win a similar amount of games, but finish first in the division. There may not be a more complete roster in all of football. The Browns are stacked at every level — most notably in the trenches. Cleveland features one of the best offensive lines in football and its defense is led by the dynamic pass rushing duo of Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney.

Cincinnati has far too many holes to fill. Pittsburgh is coming off a 12-win season, though they sputtered down the stretch and boast a far more difficult schedule this year. Cleveland’s head-to-head matchups with the Ravens could ultimately determine the division. Baltimore bested Cleveland twice last year — a 38-6 drubbing in Week 1 followed by an all-time classic shootout on Monday Night Football in December that ended 47-42. If the script flips in ’21, it’s Cleveland’s division to lose.

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