Three Over Hyped and Three Under the Radar Teams in the AFC

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The start of training camp is about a month away for most teams, and today we’re going to take a look at 6 AFC teams, three of which are in our opinion getting a little too much hype already, and three that we feel are on the verge of sliding under the radar a bit.  Send your comments to us using the “comments” section, or to me directly at matt@nflgridirongab.com

Under the Radar:

Houston Texans – The issue with the Texans is they are in a stacked division, meaning the chances of them making it to the playoffs remain slim.  With that though, they are making a push to have their first winning season in 2008.  They looked to address the RB slot with adding Chris Brown and rookie Steve Slaton, but the line is still a bit of a question mark.  While the secondary needs some work, Mario Williams on the line is going to have a monster year and will get looks as the defensive player of the year.  Why hasn’t this team added free agent LB Roosvelt Colvin?

Too Much Hype:

New York Jets – The Jets were the most active team in free agency right off the bat, making the biggest O-line signing with bringing in guard Alan Faneca from Pittsburgh.  They also added TE Bubba Franks, S Artrell Hawkins, DT Kris Jekins, LB Calvin Pace, T/G Damien Woody, and CB Andre Woolfolk.  With all that said, this team still has issues at the QB spot, with Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens both not ready to lead this team to the promise land. They also need to shore up the D-line, and hope that draft pick Vernon Gholston in the first round will do that.  Overall, most teams that nab that many free agents and make that many changes take 1-2 years to get it all meshed, and that’s how we feel as well.

Under the Radar:

Oakland Raiders – I like the offseason moves of the Raiders, and think that as long as Al Davis and Lane Kiffin can play nice, this team is on its way to being a .500 or better squad.  The defense was a sore spot, and they added CB DeAngelo Hall, CB Duane Starks, FS Gibril Wilson, and more to make it better.  The running game could be fun to watch, with rookie Darren McFadden, Justin Fargas and Michael Bush all looking to get touches.  Javon Walker wants to prove his worth again, and JaMarcus Russell should have a more productive 2nd season.  Don’t overlook this Oakland squad.

Too Much Hype:

Cleveland Browns – Five games under the lights will show the league just how good this team is.  They have holes in the secondary, and they think the D-line will be better with Corey Williams and Shaun Rogers, but to me Rogers is a big question mark.  Derek Anderson will be the starting QB, but the fan base is clammering for Brady Quinn, and early problems for Anderson vs the Cowboys, Steelers and Raevns could create a controversary.  WR Donte Stallworth is also being counted on, and this is a guy that’s been on four teams in four years.

Under the Radar:

Buffalo Bills – Forget about the Marshawn Lynch issues, this team will have that taken care of by Sepetmber.  The Bills were 30th in offense, and 31st in defense, yet had a shot to make the playoffs with three weeks left in the season.  2nd year QB Trent Edwards will be better, and the teams O-line is solid, and will get a deal done with tackle Jason Peters.  The defense under Dick Jauron should also improve, and their schedule is easier than last year with only one trip to the west coast.  Look for the Bills to be a slepper.

Too Much Hype:

Miami Dolphins – 1-15 a year ago, the Fins have been in the headlines a lot with the moves by Bill Parcells and company, and the Jason Taylor saga hanging over this teams head.  The Dolphins are still a long ways away from being good, and coach Tony Sparano and the gang are going to struggle.  QB is an issue with Josh McCown and John Beck expected to each take snaps, and rookie Chad Henne eventually maybe being the best of the bunch.  Having a healthy Ronnie Brown and giving him the ball a bunch is going to be the best way for this team to get 3-4 wins this season.


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