Well B-b-b-b-b-b-boys, it's time......for the banter...... Lets get this year started with some pre-season predictions for the AFC North and AFC Conference Defending Champs. The off-season was filled with a lockout, a DUI (and a dancing championship), a wedding, a bad ass linebacker telling it like it is, and the most under rated linebacker in the league getting paid. But now its time for some football. It looks like the Bengals and the Browns will not be in the mix again, which means its down to the Ravens and Steelers for the AFC North title. As always, I am sure the tools in the media will discount the Steelers and go with the Ravens. Which is fine with me. That hopefully will take the mark off the Steelers back. The team can then relax and keep their eyes and heads in the game. Staying healthy will probably be the nemesis once again. This team seems to grow two years older every year and with age comes injury. All the games look like very "win-able". With the exception of the first with the Ravens I see very small bumps in the road.........The yearly "trap" game looks to be with the 49'ers in week 15. Games to watch out for of course, are the Colts and Patriots, you never know what the Steelers will bring to these marquee teams. Sometimes they bring the ass kicking and sometimes they shit the bed. This team could easily go 12-4 or 14-2, and head to the playoffs looking to defend the AFC in the Superbowl.