On the cusp of the 2015 NFL season, our analysts provide their predictions, including the winners of individual awards, playoff teams for each conference and Championship Sunday/Super Bowl forecasts.
Judy Battista: Baltimore Ravens. If they can survive playing five of their first seven on the road, the Ravens will enjoy significant continuity from the team that lost two 14-point leads to the Patriots in the playoffs.
Dave Dameshek: Steelers. Toughest division to call ... but if the defense can survive early-season growing pains, Roethlisberger & Co can sneak past Cincy and the Birdies. Note to those who call this a homer pick by a Steel City native: Allow me to point out I've correctly called the [Steelers' record three years running.]
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Judy Battista: Pittsburgh Steelers. They have the league's toughest schedule and will be without Maurkice Pouncey (ankle), Le'Veon Bell (suspension) and Martavis Bryant (suspension) at the start. The defense is undergoing a massive transition, so the Steelers will rise and fall with Ben Roethlisberger.