The AFC is relatively weak this year outside of the division leaders (Pats, Ravens
, and Chargers). The only team that is currently above .500, other than the division leaders, is the Cincinatti Bengals
(who just lost last week to the lowly Dolphins
). With that in mind, I want to give a preview of the race for the AFC wild card spots.
Assuming the Bengals pull themselves together and find a way to make it to 10-6, we are probably in a race with about 5 or 6 other teams for the final wild card spot. Each of these teams is hovering around .500. Here they are:
Colts (2-2) - With a rookie QB, and a defense in transition, the Colts should not be considered a front runner for the wild card.
Jets (2-3) - Having lost Darelle Revis and Santonio Holmes, the Jets are going to struggle to make it to 9-7.
Dolphins (2-3) - Like the Colts, they have a rookie QB and a defense in transition. Would be shocked if they made it above 8-8.
Steelers (2-3) - The Steelers are weird this year. They beat the Eagles and Jets, but lost to the Raiders and Titans. They are getting older, but have an excellent QB, and will probably finish 9-7 or 8-8. Let's root for the latter!
Denver Broncos (2-3) - The most formidable opponent. They are 2-3, but lost to the Pats by 10, the Texans by only 6, and the falcons by 6. Their 3 losses are the 3 of the best teams in the NFL. They will probably reach 9-7, and may win their division... which leads us to the final team...
San Diego Chargers (3-2) - The Chargers are currently a division leader, but have gotten there beating mediocre opponents (Chiefs, Titans, Raiders). They will face the Broncos this week which is a HUGE game for the AFC west and the final wild card spot. I predict the Broncos to win, and the chargers to fall to .500.
Can the Bills make it into the playoffs? It starts with a big win this week against the Cardinals.
Just another great fan opinion shared on the pages of BuffaloRumblings.com.