One bold prediction for each AFC team in 2020

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Patrick Queen, Baltimore Ravens
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Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Queen will make the Pro Bowl

The Ravens defense went into the offseason looking to add athleticism at the linebacker position. Queen has a ton of it. He’s going to make a ton of tackles for Baltimore’s defense right away.

The team’s addition of Calais Campbell up front should give him even more room to run around and make plays. If Queen forces a few turnovers he’ll get a ton of credit for his team’s defensive improvement.

Making the Pro Bowl would be a terrific reward for the former LSU standout. The biggest risk in this prediction is that it might take Queen a little bit of time to learn how to read NFL offenses. Once the game starts to slow down for him he’s going to be just the playmaker the Ravens need at linebacker.

Cincinnati Bengals: Joe Mixon will lead the NFL in rushing

Joe Burrow steps into a really good situation with the Bengals. He’s surrounded by high-quality talent on the offensive side of the ball. He’ll definitely give his team’s passing game a significant jolt.

That’s also going to open up a ton of room for Mixon on the ground. He only averaged 4.1 yards per carry last season. Obviously, that isn’t good enough to be an elite running back in the modern NFL. Fortunately for fans in Cincinnati, that number is going to increase dramatically in 2020. It could be enough to give Mixon the rushing title if he can exceed five yards per carry.