New Kings of the North

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The Cleveland Browns have been the laughing stock of the NFL for way too long. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2002 and have struggled to build a team that is feared by anybody. But, after some solid drafting the past few years and a big acquisition this offseason, things are finally looking up for them.

They acquired Odell Beckham Jr. in a trade with the Giants, pairing him with his old LSU teammate, Jarvis Landry. Beckham can obviously be a bit of a headache at times, but his talent makes him well worth the stress. In the past two drafts, they’ve drafted Myles Garrett, a stud defensive lineman who will help the defence for years to come, and Baker Mayfield, who broke the NFL record for touchdowns thrown by a rookie. Don’t forget about Kareem Hunt, who will return from his suspension halfway through the season. Nick Chubb isn’t too shabby himself.

The rest of the division appears to be in shambles right now, making the Browns even more of a threat. The Steelers lost two of their best players, the Ravens have a very limited quarterback under centre, and the Bengals, well… they’re still the Bengals.

Although Browns games have historically put people to sleep, sleeping is the last thing you’re going to be doing during their games this year. Believe me. They have a potent receiving core, a potential dynamic duo at running back, and a good young quarterback. If the pieces fit the way they should, the AFC North could see a serious overhaul this season.