Browns on the rise

Cincinnati needs a healthy Carson Palmer, while Pittsburgh needs Ben Roethlisberger to become a leader, writes Matt Williamson.

Originally Published: June 21, 2006
By Matt Williamson | Scouts Inc.
The AFC North features four fascinating teams, led by the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The Browns have been an embarrassment since rejoining the league but are finally on the rise. The Ravens have a new quarterback and many big names, but they also have major question marks at key positions. The Bengals could be one of the top teams in the league if QB Carson Palmer is healthy, or potentially the bottom-feeder of this division if Palmer remains on the sidelines.

This division will be more competitive than last year. The Steelers should come out on top, but if Palmer can be his old self by the opener, Cincinnati could very well repeat as division champion.