The AFC North is going to be one of the best divisions in football in 2023.
The Bengals are coming off of back-to-back AFC Championship game appearances, the Ravens have retooled their wide receiver room, and have finally shed the handicap that Greg Roman was to their offense. With Lamar Jackson back on a long-term deal as well, they have the potential to hit new heights this season.
While the Steelers are still the favorites to finish fourth in the division, they are coming off of a nine-win season with a rookie quarterback in Kenny Pickett as well. All of this to say: anybody can win the division this season, and both wild card slots have the potential to come from the AFC North.
This makes the Browns’ Week 18 matchup with the Bengals one with all kinds of playoff implications. It could be a win-or-go-home situation, it could be a showdown for the AFC North crown, or seeding implications could be at stake.
We have a long way to go before the end of a season that has not even started yet, but Week 18 should be circled.