The pseudo-football season has finally come to a close and in only one week, yes one week, we get to see some real, “this counts towards winning the Super Bowl” action. Here are the teams I’m taking as the AFC division winners come January 2015. And as always the picks are done with very, very little statistical analysis.
I came across some article regarding the AFC East the other day that I just kind of brushed over. You know, one of those Facebook shared articles that no one really reads. Nonetheless, the article noted that if the Jets, Dolphins, and Bills combined to make an AFC super-team, they still couldn’t beat the Patriots because they would have the bare-minimum of quarterbacking experience. It’s sad, but true. As Ben Franklin once said: “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death, taxes, and the Pats winning the AFC East.” All hail Bill. If it wasn’t already obvious, I’m taking the Patriots.
Realistically, the Ravens, Steelers, or Bengals could take this division with the Browns being the team that spoils the other teams’ playoff hopes. Needless to say that Johnny Football, whether he plays of not, is the story of this division. It’s like Tebow 2.0 and I don’t know if I’m ready for it.
Andy Dalton got PAID this offseason, but I don’t think that carries them to the playoffs and the Ravens still looking for a post-Ray Lewis identity. I think this is the year that the Steelers, after a pedestrian season in 2013, come out and have a good year. If only their defense can play like a Pittsburgh defense usually plays I like the chances of the Steelers taking this division.
Andy Reid, Alex Smith, the Chiefs surprised everyone last year with their regular season performance, and then they surprised themselves when they realized they couldn’t play football in the playoffs without Jamaal Charles. That Colts-Chiefs game was classic Wild Card Weekend mayhem, and honestly it made me forget that the Chiefs were even a threat last year considering that Phil Rivers and the Chargers made it further in the playoffs than Kansas City did. It’s time for the Chiefs to reclaim the glory they deserve.
Expect another close run for the Chiefs, but the Broncos are hitting their prime right now. Demarcus Ware and Aqib Talib fix a defense that allowed a million points to the Seahawks last year and Peyton Manning is playing at an unstoppable level right now. I’m taking the Broncos to win the division, but I’m also taking the Chiefs to snag a Wild Card spot and probably pay a visit to Foxboro in the playoffs.
I want to start off by saying that the Tennessee Titans are by far the most forgettable team in the NFL. If you took that Sporcle quiz on all NFL teams they would be by far the most missed team. So yeah, they aren’t nearly a threat to win the division. Jacksonville, I’m sorry, but you can also join them.
So that makes it a two horse race between Andrew Luck and the Colts and Case Keenum and the Texans. Call me crazy, but I think the Texans are winning the AFC South. A new coach, two phenomenal defensive linemen in Clowney and Watt, and a quarterback who now has an NFL season under his belt. Will they win the Super Bowl? No. But the division? I really don’t see why not.
NFC picks are on deck.