6. AFC North
This is an interesting one, as it’s a division with some very notable quarterbacks in it. But Joe Flacco, Ben Roethlisberger and Andy Dalton have all played some of the worst football of their careers this year. After firing offensive coordinator Marc Trestman and replacing him with Marty Mornhinweg, the Ravens vowed to stretch the field more and showcase a more dynamic passing game. Yet Flacco still ranks 30th in yards per attempt, which for a QB with his arm-strength is hard to comprehend. The Ravens’ offense has been so anemic that their best player is a kicker, and that has mostly negated the fact that their defense has been dominant (second in the league in yards allowed). Dalton has led the Bengals (my other preseason Super Bowl pick!) to the most disappointing campaign in the league this year. Dalton was a leading MVP candidate before getting injured last year, buoyed by a touchdown percentage of 6.5%. That number has fallen all the way down to 2.9% this year, easily the worst mark of his career. And yes, it certainly doesn’t help that his offensive line is a shell of what it once was, and he’s been sacked 32 times already.
While Roethlisberger has played great at home this year, he’s been downright abysmal on the road—though a large part of that is due to playing through injuries or returning too soon from injuries. By no means has he had a terrible season, but he has been a far cry from the Big Ben we are accustomed to watching. And when you combine the disappointing level of play for those three big name QBs this year with the Browns’ Cody Kessler/Josh McCown combo, well, it’s not the worst quarterback division in the league, but it’s pretty darn close. Also, this feels like a good time to remind everyone that the last QB to win a game for the Browns was… Johnny Manziel.