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The Ravens revamped offense has everyone talking Superbowl, but the Steelers will have something to say about that.

FindBet continues our tour of NFL training camps as we approach the start of the NFL season. Let's take a look at the headlines coming out of the AFC North and make our record predictions for 2020.


Lamar Jackson looks to cement himself as an elite QB heading into 2020. AP Photo/Gail Burton

Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have the reigning NFL MVP in Lamar Jackson. The dual threat quarterback burst on to the scene in 2019, taking the league by storm. Baltimore loaded up on offense in this year's draft, adding receivers Devin Duvernay and James Proche, as well as highly touted RB JK Dobbins to help supplement Jackson with more firepower which pairs well with an elite defensive unit. The biggest roadblock for the Ravens this year will be Lamar Jackson's continued development, if he continues to mature as a passer, the Ravens have enough talent to challenge the Chiefs in the AFC in 2020.

Prediction: 12-4 (Division Champ)

Ben Roethlisberger looks on during warmups Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Pittsburgh Steelers

Everything that could go wrong offensively in 2019 went wrong for the Steelers. Losing Ben Roethlisberger for the year after Week 2 put a damper on the Steelers' playoff hopes, but the maturation of the defense in 2019 is the real story line. The Steelers began a return down the road to dominance, a word that has always been synonymous with their defenses of the past. Now with the return of Big Ben in 2020, the Steelers look primed to make a run at a wildcard spot and possibly the division title. Dionate Johnson looks to be the next star wide receiver to emerge from the organization, and all reports indicate rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool has been impressive during training camp. The Steelers will be good, but most likely a split with the Ravens will prevent them from a division crown.

Prediction: 11-5 (Wild Card Berth)

Odell Beckham Jr looks to bounce back in 2020. AP Sports

Cleveland Browns

Another year, another new coaching staff for Cleveland. The team starts the year with its 3rd coaching staff in three years, but the Browns picked a good one this time in former Vikings Offensive Coordinator, Kevin Stefanski, who will be taking over for Freddie Kitchens after just one full season as Head Coach. Stefanski brings an offense to Cleveland designed to take the pressure off Baker Mayfield by utilizing 22 personnel (two tight ends, two wide receivers) more while utilizing Nick Chubb more efficiently. The Browns defense will be the deciding factor on Cleveland's success in 2020. Losing second rounder Grant Delpit for the year was a massive blow to their secondary, Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward will need to be that much more effective with Delpit out of the lineup. They organization has expressed interest in free agent Logan Ryan, formerly of the Tennessee Titans, as a replacement for the injured rookie. With very little practice time due to COVID-19 cancelling all off season in person practice, it's hard to see the Browns shooting out of the gate. But Stefanski is going to be a great coach in this league if he's given the proper chance by management.

Prediction: 7-9

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Cincinnati Bengals

The Bengals secured the top overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft after a dismal first season under head coach Zac Taylor that saw AJ Green sit out the entire year with an "ankle" injury, and a defense that couldn't stop anyone. The Bengals landed the top QB prospect, Joe Burrow, who immediately took over for long time starter Andy Dalton (who is now in Dallas backing up Dak Prescott). Burrow's poise and leadership has been on display early in camp, and he has had an immediate connection with Tyler Boyd throughout the offseason. The Bengals may have found their franchise quarterback, but they are still a year or two away from contention in a formidable AFC North.

Prediction: 4-12

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Paul George grabbing a rebound in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals

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In a must win game for the Los Angeles Clippers, Paul George was finally able to look like the best player on the floor in a playoff game.

After a slow start, George poured it on in the second half on his way to a game high 41 points in Game 5. The performance elevated the Clippers over strong outings from the likes of Devin Booker and Chris Paul as L.A. outlasted Phoenix 116-102.

The Clippers don't have much time to bask in their win however as they have to turn around and play two more elimination games just to make it out of the West. The Suns jumped out to a 3-1 series lead as Los Angeles struggled to find their identity without Kawhi Leonard. If the Clippers are to stave off elimination any longer, George has to continue this level of play.

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Ben Simmons disappointed in the playoffs this season

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Following a Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, the Philadelphia 76ers and coach, Doc Rivers, are questioning if Ben Simmons is the right guy to be running their offense through moving forward.

Offense being the key word here.

Simmons is an all-world defender possessing the ability to guard virtually any opponent on the court from the perimeter to the rim. But it was his lack of offensive help throughout this playoff season that stood out beyond any accomplishments this year. Simmons joined Rudy Gobert as unanimous selections for the NBA's All-Defensive First Team this year and also finished fifth in the NBA in assists per game with 8.8 per contest.

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The Lakers looked lost in the Valley

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The Phoenix Suns are just a win away from sending LeBron James home in the first round of the playoffs for the first time in the King's illustrious career.

After stating that "These shoulders were built for a reason," James referring to facing the challenge of taking on added responsibilities after Anthony Davis was ruled out for Game 5, the Lakers and LeBron disappointed in a big way Tuesday night. L.A. started off hot jumping out to a 10-5 lead behind a couple shots from James and a three from Davis' replacement Markieff Morris. But it didn't take long for the wheels to completely fall off for the defending champion Lakers as they spent most of the first half trying to remember how basketball works.

LeBron James LeBron looking on during Game 5Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Two numbers stick out in the Game 5 loss for the Lakers and those are 34.5 and 12. Los Angeles shot 34.5% from the field on Tuesday night and were minus 12 in turnover ratio. No matter who's on your team, if you can't shoot and you can't protect the ball, the outcome is already determined.

The Suns weren't simply beneficiaries of a poor performance however as the Suns put it on the Lakers early and often and they never let their foot off the pedal for 48 minutes. Phoenix ended with 15 more assists, had seven more combined steals and blocks, and outscored L.A. in the paint by 12 points. Devin Booker and Cameron Payne were spectacular and they seemed to hit big shots every time the Lakers appeared to threaten a comeback. Mikal Bridges was effective on both sides of the ball adding three steals and two blocks to help electrify his team with the defensive effort.


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