The AFC North is going to be a pain in the butt for a while

The Steelers have made the playoffs 12 times since 2001. They've won the division 9 times in that span.They're always a force to be reckoned with in the AFC North.

Well, the times they are a changin'.

The Ravens won the division last year on the back of LaMar Jackson and are going to do it again this year with Jackson playing like an MVP candidate. I don't see them falling off any time soon with that guy at QB. He's 22 years old.

The Browns beat the Steelers one week ago. Is that a sign of things to come? Who knows? But it's something that hasn't happened often, and the Browns feel like they've got their franchise QB. He's 24.

The Bengals are currently the worst team in football. That's actually a good thing, as both Tua Tagovailoa and Joe Burrow will be available to them in the draft if they're picking number one.

The Steelers division dominance has been fueled by Ben Roethlisberger. He's 59-19-1 against division teams. Given his contract and the uncertainty around his elbow, he's not going to be around for much longer.

Meanwhile, the Ravens, Browns, and Bengals either already have their franchise QB or are about to draft one.

The times are a changin' in the AFC North.

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