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Blog: AFC North Huddle

Discussion in 'Game Summaries & Team News' started by Josh Barnes, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. Josh Barnes

    Josh Barnes Walk On

    Aug 12, 2013

    As the Quality Simulation Football League, otherwise known as, "The Q" gets prepared to kick off another exciting season of action, the Associated Press has released their picks for the All AFC North pre-season team on offense. Below is are the players to keep an eye out for on offense during the 2019 season:


    Joe Flacco (Baltimore Ravens) - Coming off his second consecutive league MVP (excluding simmed seasons), in which he threw for over 4,900 yards and 38 TD's, Flacco looks to take the league by storm once again. Even with an inconsistent offensive line and relatively unknown WR's (minus Torrey Smith of course), Flacco has managed to throw for over 4,600 yards and 38 touchdowns the past two played seasons. If he can put up numbers similar to those, he will most likely be in line for his third straight league MVP.

    Honorable Mention: Tyrod Taylor (Cleveland Browns) - If Taylor can remain healthy over the course of the season, he could challenge the incumbent Flacco for the spot as top QB in the division. He has proven to be a dynamic player both through the air, as well as on the ground for the Browns since being traded to Cleveland from Baltimore several seasons ago. With a strong running game and lots of weapons at his disposal, Taylor could quite possibly not only be the top quarterback in the AFC North, he could very well be in the running for league MVP.


    Trent Richardson (Browns) - As easy of a selection as Flacco was, Richardson was even more of an easier selection. Richardson has been near the top of the league in rushing each of the past few seasons, and might possibly lead the league in 2019 following the retirement of recently HOF inductee Adrian Peterson. Richardson rushed for over 1,700 yards and tallied 24 touchdowns in 2017 (last played season). The workhorse of a running back looks to continue his success en route to another career year in 2019.

    Honorable Mention: Bernard Pierce (Cincinnati Bengals) - It remains to be seen how the recent trade for the All Pro running back will unfold; however, if Pierce can continue the success he has had over recent years things will bode well for the Bengals. Pierce has averaged over 1,200 yards on the ground, minus an injury shortened 2018 season, after being traded to Indy in 2013. If he can bounce back from the injury plagued season and handle the change in schemes, Pierce could once again be towards the top of the league in rushing in 2019.


    Torrey Smith (Ravens) - Smith has been towards the top of the league in receptions, yards, and touchdowns the past two seasons (excluding sim seasons). Averaging just under 75 receptions, 1,500+ yards, and 12+ touchdowns the last couple of seasons, Smith has been the go to guy for Baltimore. In a contract year, Smith will certainly look to continue his dominance at the receiver position in 2019.

    Cordarrelle Patterson (Browns) - With his speed and play making ability, Patterson has put up quality numbers as the Browns number two WR option the past few seasons. Following the trade of number one receiver Josh Gordon (Vikings), Patterson will step into the role as the teams go to guy through the air and look capitalize on more opportunities in 2019.

    Honorable Mention: Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers) - Brown has been the one constant for the Steelers since losing Mike Wallace in free agency. Through the changing of the guard at the head coaching position, offensive coordinator position, and quarterback, Brown has remained a vocal point of the Steelers offense. Defenses will once again have to pay attention to Brown's big play ability in 2019.

    Dennis Pitta (Ravens) - Pitta has been one of the more consistent tight ends in the league over the past several played seasons averaging 50+ receptions, 900+ yards, and 7+ TD's. Although Pitta is up there in age (34) and has seen his speed decrease the last couple of years, he has proven to be a dependable target for QB Joe Flacco, and will mostly likely continue to be as such.

    Honorable Mention: Everyone else. Although it may not be the popular choice, everyone else must be mentioned in this category. Each of the other teams have multiple options at the TE position, and it remains to be seen who will be used most and how they will be used this season.


    TACKLE - Ryan Clady (Bengals) and Mitchell Schwartz (Browns) Honorable Mention: Riley Reiff (Bengals)

    GUARD - David Decastro (Steelers) and Michael Oher (Ravens) Honorable Mention: Marshall Newhouse (Browns)

    CENTER - Maurkice Pouncey (Steelers) Honorable Mention: Alex Mack (Browns)

    *Disclaimer* Offensive skilled positions were selected based upon previous played season stats, while players along the offensive line were selected based mostly off overall ratings and somewhat on player history.

    Last edited: Apr 1, 2014
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  2. LtJustice

    LtJustice QSF Commissioner

    Jul 22, 2010
    Great stuff Josh!
  3. dablakpope

    dablakpope Walk On

    Jul 23, 2010
    Very nice Josh! I hope Tyrod can unseat his mentor Flacco. Definitely not gonna be easy.
  4. Michael Overman

    Michael Overman Walk On

    Jul 31, 2012
  5. CTfromDC

    CTfromDC Where my money?

    Mar 15, 2012
    Tebow time fellas...TEBOW
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    CHUNKNESS Commissioner Quality Simulation Football

    Jun 13, 2010
    Dude was a damn rock star in our preseason game!
  7. DarkKnight89

    DarkKnight89 Walk On

    Feb 13, 2014
    Nice blog

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