Gab Inter-Division Team Rankings: AFC

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AFC EAST

1. MIAMI DOLPHINS-
Last years division title wasn’t a fluke. Dolphins players and personnel are a year  further in familiarity with their schemes and plays. With Jason Taylor’s return, the defense will now have the QB terrorizing tandem of him and Joey Porter. Miami is the best team in their division until another team dethrones them.

2. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS-
Brady’s return alone can’t return this team to dominance. The guys on defense aren’t pulling a Benjamin Button (getting any younger) but Bill Belichick still has that football machine well oiled.

3. NEW YORK JETS- New coach, new QB, new season. The Jets are a  team that  is just entering
the “work in progress” stage but that doesn’t mean they’ll be an easy ’W’ for opposing teams. As the season advances, so will the progression of the Jets.

4. BUFFALO BILLS- With a passive aggressive coaching staff, the addition of a reality TV actor to the team, and a formidable division, the Bills aren’t in shape for any type of run at the division crown. Why did Ralph Wilson get into the hall of fame again?

AFC NORTH

1. PITTSBURGH STEELERS-
The Super Bowl champions didn’t encounter any major team make over or too many roster adjustments so they are still the BEST TEAM in the entire league. Big Ben’s off field issues don’t look to have any impact on his play either.

2. BALTIMORE RAVENS- The defense might hold water like a spaghetti noodle strainer after the departure of Bart Scott, Jim Leonard, Chris McAllister and most importantly Rex Ryan . Joe Flacco and his offensive brigade are going to have to have a big year if they want to climb to the top of their division.

3. CLEVELAND BROWNS- Without knowing who is playing QB and what the deal is with their #1 wide receiver, Braylon Edwards, the Browns are in a bit of puzzle…for right now. But Do not be surprised if new head coach Eric Mangini leads this squad to the winning side of a few upsets.

4. CINCINATTI BENGALS- It’s up to Carson and Chad to try and save Marvin Lewis’s job. Problem is, it doesn’t look they’ll be able to do it.

AFC SOUTH

1. TENNESSEE TITANS- The Titans are number 1 in their division to start the season but for how long? Chris Johnson turned into a top 3 running back in the league  but have defenses figured out how to
attack Kerry Collins? Haynesworth, oh Haynesworth.

2. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS- Who else is worried about the Colts this season? Adjustments in the coaching staff aren’t sitting well with the players and it just appears as if Peyton is slowing down. Has their run defense improved at all? They can drop down this list real fast this year.

3. HOUSTON TEXANS- The embarrassing days of David Carr are over.  Steve Slaton and Andre Johnson might transform Matt Schaub into a  Pro Bowl QB this season. Cornerback position  is the only soft spot on the defense. This is the team to keep an eye on and not sleep on.

4. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS-
Remember, this is just a preseason ranking. Jacksonville ended last season on the bottom, so they have begin their. Jack Del Rio should have his team in position to battle for the title.

AFC WEST


1. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS-
Playing division games is usually a simple formality for the Chargers. Unless the other teams in their division with first year head coach’s spun their teams around 180 degrees, this season wont be any different.

2. OAKLAND RAIDERS- If Jeff Garcia can get the ball to Zach Miller and Johnny Lee Higgins, Oakland’s passing game will be a threat. Mix that with the triple threat in the backfield (Vargas, Bush, McFadden) and you’ve got the family fun zone, AKA the Black Hole, going nuts from points being scored early and often. Hopefully the Raiders will find a way not to give up points in the last 30 seconds of games so they can hold on to close games.

3. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS- Matt Cassel can’t miss Tony Gonzales because he never had him but the rest of the team will. Todd Haley will have the  Chiefs in the right direction but it won’t be until week 10, at least.

4. DENVER BRONCOS- Was Jay Cutler the real reason for Brandon Marshall’s success? Nothing happened this off season that indicated that the running backs of the Raiders, Chiefs, and Chargers aren’t going to continue to play ’catch me if you can’, again,  with Denver’s defense.


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7 Responses to “Gab Inter-Division Team Rankings: AFC”

  1. DJ in PA says:

    Yeah, you really know what you’re talking about! Bart Scott was an undrafted free agent, jim leonard was a journeyman safety plucked off the scrap heap and Chris McAllisterhardly saw the field before he was hurt ALL YEAR! The Ravens D has survived losing Marvin Lewis, Mike Nolan and it will survive losing Rex Ryan. They have their best run stopper back and the new cornerbacks have pushed last yearsk starters to #3 on the depth chart. Of course mcallister is gone and no one has picked him up. Hmmmm. I wish talking heads and wanna be talking heads would stop referring to these guys as if they were perennial pro-bowlers in their prime. They’ll do what almost all ex-Ravens do. Fade into obscurity. No one need worry about the Ravens D this year. Its probably got as much talent and more depth that the 2000 team. That should be scary.

  2. God-Bless-Al-Davis says:

    Not to bad I think your under playing the raiders a bit, their going to be a serious contender with San Diego for the Best of the West. Some mistakes you made are: it’s Fargus not Vargus, and Garcia isn’t going to step on the field this year outside of preseason. Raiders D is much improved with new defensive coordinator John Marshall. 10-6 RAAAAAAAI-DERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRS

  3. Jason says:

    You could at least spell “Cincinnati” right.

  4. Eric says:

    @God-bless-Al-Davis….You are correct. I misspelled Justin Fargas’ last name.

    @Jason- Damn it! Sorry for misspelling the name of the city. I’m oblivious sometimes.

  5. Dave says:

    It’s not Vargas or Fargus, it’s Fargas. lol. And the other dude is right… Jeff Garcia won’t be playing because Russell will be lighting it up!

  6. DBinKC says:

    There is way too much talent in Denver to finish behind Kansas City. Denver’s offensive line, receivers, and tight-ends are much better then the Chiefs. It’s hard to say if Orton or Cassel would be better all things being equal, but Matt, the most sacked, won’t have much time to find Bowe and hope he can hang onto the ball.

    Last year Denver’s defense was small, light and undisciplined. This year’s D-Line and LB’s are much bigger, stronger and tougher. The secondary is stocked with both proven veterans and high draft picks. It won’t be a top defense, but it’s not last years horrible defense by a long shot.

  7. JSaenz says:

    This season’s Super Bowl stays in the AFC!