Madden NFL 16 Player Ratings continue with a division-by-division look at team and player ratings. Second up: the AFC North.
The Steelers, Bengals, and Ravens all look strong and will battle to win this division.
PITTSBURGH STEELERS (TEAM 84 OVR)
Despite some changes on defense, the Steelers will be strong. Big Ben (95 OVR) at QB, WR Antonio Brown (97 OVR), and HB Le’Veon Bell (94 OVR) are the offensive superstars. The other two wideout spots should be Martavis Bryant (80 OVR) and Markus Wheaton (75 OVR).
Stephon Tuitt (73 OVR) should start at RE with Cameron Heyward (88 OVR) at LE. James Harrison (84 OVR) will be challenged at OLB by Arthur Moats (80 OVR). Expect Shamarko Thomas (76 OVR) to start at SS after the retirement of Troy Polamalu.
CINCINNATI BENGALS (TEAM 84 OVR)
Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson wants to run the ball with HB Jeremy Hill (86 OVR) behind a good offensive line featuring LT Andrew Whitworth (95 OVR) and RG Kevin Zeitler (89 OVR). A. J. Green (92 OVR) leads a WR corps that includes Mohamed Sanu (79 OVR) and Marvin Jones (78 OVR). Tyler Eifert (81 OVR) will step in as #1 TE following the departure of Jermaine Gresham.
DT Geno Atkins (89 OVR) anchors the defensive line, alongside LE Carlos Dunlap (88 OVR) and RE Michael Johnson (81 OVR). Vontaze Burfict (86 OVR) and Rey Maualuga (83 OVR) are solid at linebacker. Dre Kirkpatrick (77 OVR) can make an impact as the slot CB.
BALTIMORE RAVENS (TEAM 85 OVR)
New Ravens offensive coordinator Marc Trestman will have two intriguing rookies to play with in WR Breshad Perriman (73 OVR) and TE Maxx Williams (74 OVR). HB Justin Forsett (87 OVR) returns behind a zone-blocking offensive line featuring RG Marshall Yanda (98 OVR) and LG Kelechi Osemele (90 OVR).
The defense features returning ROLB Terrell Suggs (93 OVR), MLB Daryl Smith (90 OVR), MLB C. J. Mosely (88 OVR), and LOLB Elvis Dumervil (88 OVR). Will Hill (88 OVR) should become the starter at SS.
CLEVELAND BROWNS (TEAM 75 OVR)
Even Madden NFL 16 has a quarterback controversy in Cleveland, with Josh McCown (72 OVR) versus Johnny Manziel (71 OVR) too close to call. Free agent pickup Dwayne Bowe (83 OVR) is joined by Andrew Hawkins (80 OVR) and Brian Hartline (78 OVR) at receiver. Isaiah Crowell (74 OVR), Terrance West (73 OVR), and rookie Duke Johnson (73 OVR) will compete for the starting HB slot.
It looks like rookie Danny Shelton (75 OVR) will start at NT alongside RE Desmond Bryant (79 OVR) and LE Randy Starks (79 OVR). Notable returning defensive players include MLB Karlos Dansby (90 OVR), CB Joe Haden (90 OVR), and SS Donte Whitner (90 OVR).