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Why They Will/Why They Won't


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Some fun speculation as the season starts tonight on why teams will/won't win the Super Bowl...






Why they will: The Ravens are healthy. They're rebounding from a nightmarish season that saw them lose Terrell Suggs, Joe Flacco, Justin Forsett and Steve Smith Sr., among others.
Why they won't: This isn't the 2012 Ravens. The team has major questions at running back, and it remains to be seen what Terrell Suggs has left after an Achilles injury. The team should rebound, but can the Ravens compete with Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in the brutal AFC North?




Why they will: Cincinnati was clearly one of the elite teams in the AFC last season before Andy Dalton's season-ending thumb injury. The team started the season 8-0 and finished with a plus-140-point differential, second best to New England in the AFC.
Why they won't: Cincinnati suffered major losses on offense, including offensive coordinator Hue Jackson and wide receivers Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. Star tight end Tyler Eifert is also set to miss the start of the year. Oh... and the team has lost on Wild Card Weekend in their last seven playoff appearances dating back to 2005-06.




Why they will: Uh, the Cavs just broke the Cleveland curse so anything can happen, right?
Why they won't: The Browns are in complete rebuilding mode and have seen major turnover on their roster. Anything greater than five wins would probably be asking for a lot.




Why they will: Pittsburgh ran out of gas during last season's playoffs due to injuries, including Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. The Steelers scored the second most points in the AFC despite missing Bell for most of the year and Ben Roethlisberger for a chunk of the season.
Why they won't: As always, the AFC North is set to be a fight all year. Pittsburgh's 22nd-ranked defense from last season hasn't really done much going into 2016.


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