NFL 2010 Predictions: In The AFC North, Depth Matters

August 10, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

If Sunday night's game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys is any indication, fans of both teams with high hopes heading in to this season are going to be disappointed.
While an ugly preseason game isn't really cause for concern, the lack of depth on both teams stood out.  Both teams' top 22 are solid, playoff-bound units, but what's behind the first teams?
In the AFC North, the Bengals will have two other teams in the mix with outstanding depth at most positions, something the Bengals lack.
The Ravens, for example, signed Marc Bulger in the off season.  They now have a Pro Bowl veteran to back up Joe Flacco.  The third string QB, Troy Smith, is a fantastic athlete with outstanding leadership ability.  He's not a starter, but he's a threat.
The Steelers will be forced to go to a backup for at least the first 4 games this year, and will choose between the 6'5" 250 pound Byron Leftwich (most likely), and...

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