See what we think about how the teams of the AFC will perform in the foreseeable future. How about we study a quick recap of each teams performance over the last two weeks to put ourselve in a more favorable bettor's position.
AFC Power Rankings Week
Week 2 is in the books
and here is how we see the AFC power rankings going into the third week of the
Houston Texans - They've played two lousy teams and did exactly what great teams do, they
crushed them and covered the number with ease.
They are in the top spot because they are only one of two undefeated AFC
teams and appear to have reignited an explosive offense coupled with a dynamite
defense. What more do you want?
San Diego Chargers - I feel your pain Bolts backers. Norv & company have
disappointed mightily two for years running but a solid victory on the road in
Week 1 over divisional rival the Oakland Raiders and a convincing win at home
against Tennessee tells me they just might be serious this year.
Baltimore Ravens - After spanking the Bengals 44-13 the Ravens got a stern test in the City
of Brotherly Love against Michael Vick and the Eagles. The Ravens pass defense allowed over 370
yards which was ultimately their undoing as the Ravens were nipped at the wire
24-23 but fought hard in a tough venue.
Pittsburgh Steelers - After a struggle on the road in Mile High, the Steelers put
it all together when they shutdown the traveling circus that is Rex Ryan and
his New York Jets.
New England Patriots - You know that awkward feeling you get when you see a an old
friend that you haven't seen in a while and realize he's not the same guy he
used to be? I am getting that identical
feeling watching Belichick (or offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels) call these
plays. I know they are committed to the
run but you also have this guy named Brady in case it's not working out. Unsettling to be sure after a stunning loss
to the Cardinals at home.
Cincinnati Bengals - I love the Dalton to Green connection and was disappointed
when the Cats were so thoroughly declawed by the Ravens in Week 1. But Andy Dalton and the boys were back to
their old tricks when they lit up the Browns to the tune of 34 points. Unfortunately the defense has now allowed an
average of over 35 points in their first two games.
7. Denver Broncos - What
happened to Peyton Manning? After a Week 1 performance that even Lazarus
would envy, Manning suddenly looked like the guy who was out for over a year
with a neck injury and returned as a middle-aged man who used to be pretty good
back in the day. Everyone has a bad performance once in awhile but the
Broncos were simply outclassed in all facets of the game during their Monday
night loss to the Falcons.
8. New York Jets - I'm not sure how far above .500, if at all, this team will be this season
but they are even more fun to watch off the field than on. After blasting a mediocre Buffalo squad they
could not compete against an upper tier team in the Pittsburgh Steelers. Sounds just about right.
Buffalo Bills - For a team that was supposed to have improved so profoundly on defense
they looked like they took several steps backwards when they got thrashed by
the New York Jets. But they bounced back
with a solid offensive display and a serviceable defensive effort in a 35-17
victory over the Ch.iefs
Kansas City Chiefs - I know there are teams that have one victory that will be below
them but these power rankings are about not only what teams have done but how
we project them going forward.
Truthfully, I had high hopes for these winless Chiefs in the preseason
but they are being dashed in the early going.
11. Miami Dolphins - If you are unsure what a difference a
week makes in the NFL just ask Fins rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill. He looked like a different player from Week 1
into this week when he took control of the offense and scored two TD's, one by
land and the second by air. If Tannehill
was the field marshal then Reggie Bush was the infantry as he slashed and
dashed his way to 172 yards on the ground and two trips to the endzone in a
dominant performance over the Raiders.
12. Indianapolis Colts - Some might say the Colts victory over
the Vikings was all Luck. Get used to
that and many more of those kinds of statements over the next decade.
13. Cleveland Browns - Weeden and Richardson restored the
faith of Browns fans everywhere with singularly superior performances against
the Bengals in a 34-27 defeat.
Unfortunately the defense, which played so well against the Eagles, took
the afternoon off against their divisional rivals.
14. Oakland Raiders - The Raiders have failed to cover thus far. Palmer will continue to throw and
McFadden will continue to watch if the Raiders keep playing catch-up.
15. Jacksonville Jaguars - Fought hard in an overtime loss to
the Vikings and got walloped by one of the best this year in the Houston
16.Tennessee Titans - They should have just paid Chris
Johnson what he wanted last year. Oh
that's right, they did.
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