Last week, SB Nation sent out a Fanpulse asking all 32 fan bases which team in their respective division should be the favorite heading into 2019. With the votes tallied, it’s time to announce who is expected to hoist the 2019 AFC North division title.
I’m not here to rag on the Cleveland Browns as they are not only the fan-favorite, but the Vegas favorite also. They added significant pieces to their already solid roster, including Odell Beckham Jr., Kareem Hunt and Eric Murray. The issue I have is the unbelievable 26% voting in favor of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Maybe a bunch of people watched Colin Cowherd’s ramble on how the Steelers will ultimately win the division before voting, but last I checked the Baltimore Ravens won the division and their offseason hasn’t been too shabby.
Maybe it was the overwhelming amount of Steelers fans voting for their hometown team, but you’d expect a bit of realism in these polls, right?
The Steelers lost the best wide receiver and best running back in the same offseason. James Conner has done a great job replacing Le’Veon Bell but I don’t expect Juju Smith-Schuster to explode for Antonio Brown figures. To help Juju, the Steelers added Donte Moncrief and re-signed Eli Rogers, but these two combined are no AB84.
In all, this is a fanvote and it’s obvious that Behind The Steel Curtain and Dawgs By Nature have a bigger fanbase than Baltimore Beatdown. Nonetheless, the current team with the crown doesn’t plan on going anywhere.