Here we are at the beginning of another season. A time when all teams hope for the chance to win a Super Bowl title. Unfortunately, we know that all teams are not created equal. Which naturally means some teams are prepping for the future, while others go all in on the present. Here we have my top teams for each division in the AFC.
With the New England Patriots in this division, the other teams don’t really have much of a chance. Tom Brady has shown no signs of slowing down. He still has the same coach. They know what they have to do in order to win games. The other teams in the division haven’t done enough yet to challenge them. Oh, and one other thing, they did go to the Super Bowl last year. For these reasons alone, I see the Patriots winning their tenth division title in a row.
Although Cincinnati seems to be trending up and Baltimore has added some offensive pieces, this division still looks to belong to the Pittsburgh Steelers. With players like Antonio Brown, La’Veon Bell, and Ben Roethlisberger this team has no shortage of big playmakers. It also has no shortage of getting production from all these players as well as a few others. With JuJu Smith-Schuster looking to make the jump to a more well-rounded receiver, and James Conner looking to spell Bell for a quick breather, this team looks capable of getting it done through the air and on the ground.
This division gets a little harder because I don’t think there is one clear run-away team. It comes down to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans. I think the Texans have the edge, especially if Watson can pick up where he left off before getting injured and if the defense is fully healthy, this team will win the division. The Jaguars have one of the, if not the best defenses in the NFL. And while Fournette is a great runner, he has to stay healthy, and Bortles needs to stay away from the turnovers in order to make this team win. Losing Marquise Lee doesn’t help things either. Luck will lead Indianapolis on offense, but their defense is a mess and while Tennessee has a strong defense, Mariota has to deliver on offense. Neither team comes close to the Texans.
I see this division going to the L.A. Chargers. I see them winning not only for the team they have, but also because the other teams in the division have big question marks. We all know that Philip Rivers can sling the ball and he has a plethora of receivers to catch it. We also know Melvin Gordon is one of the best in the business when it comes to the running game. As for their competition, Patrick Mahomes in Kansas City, will be in his first complete season and will most likely experience growing pains. Oakland needs to turn back time and find the younger (and more productive) versions of themselves. And as for Denver, they still have a talented defense, but will the offense finally compliment that D?
Check out my other blog for my picks in the NFC.