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AFC NORTH
Text by Don Banks
February 11, 2013
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February 11, 2013

Afc North

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AND THEN?

Get younger everywhere on defense.... Re-sign CB Keenan Lewis and find a backup for frequently injured SS Troy Polamalu. Texas's Kenny Vaccaro is a first-round option.... With Mike Wallace likely to leave and Antonio Brown struggling, bring in free-agent WR Greg Jennings, who could instill character in this unit.

PROBLEM STAT

27.5% Third- and fourth-down plays on which Andy Dalton dropped back to pass that the Bengals earned a first down, second lowest in the NFL.

SOLUTION

Opponents tend to double A.J. Green and sit on shorter routes since Cincinnati has no other vertical threat. The Bengals need a veteran WR who can get downfield—a free agent like Danario Alexander, Emmanuel Sanders or Donnie Avery would be affordable to a team not known for spending.

AND THEN?

Re-sign RT Andre Smith and draft another lineman in the first round to get more out of RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis.... Allow inconsistent MLB Rey Maualuga to exit in free agency and draft a replacement.

PROBLEM STAT

10 Sacks allowed by tackle Michael Oher, tied for third most in the NFL.

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