We like the Pittsburgh Steelers more than most
Three of the four ATL writers picked the Steelers to win the division. We also had immortal special guest Dave Dameshek, who picked the Bengals to win the division just like Dan Hanzus. (Dameshek had the Ravens at 9-7, his hometown Steelers at 8-8, and the Browns at 6-10.) No one picked the Ravens to repeat as division champions, much less world champions.
It all comes back to Dalton
There's a perception that Dalton is a league-average quarterback who needs to step up his play for the team to take the next step. There's also an argument to be made he's not even league average yet, supported by a good defense and an effective play-caller who works around Dalton's limitations. Dalton struggles throwing the ball deep and generally was a mess down the stretch late last season. His playoff performance against Houston is hard to forget. The pieces around him are better and the defense has a chance to dominate, but Dalton remains a concern until proven otherwise.
Transition year for Ravens
Everyone picked the Ravens to make the playoffs, Dan Hanzus excluded, but we had the Ravens as a wild-card team. I pegged them for the same record as a year ago (10-6) despite all the turnover on the roster. The Ravens' season will in part be decided by Joe Flacco retaining the gains he made during the playoffs last year.