AFC Week 1 Hot Takes

After each week of the NFL season, we will take a quick look at each team in the AFC and NFC and give our reactions to how the teams played. As you will see, our takes will vary from lukewarm to flaming hot depending on the team’s performance.

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: I think putting the Rex Bros on the same team might have backfired. Obviously struck with some bad injury luck before the season even started, the Bills looked fairly impotent on both sides of the ball. It will be an especially long season if Tyrod Taylor keeps throwing sub-150 (!) yard games. Maybe throw the ball downfield once in awhile? – Jordan Curet

Miami Dolphins: What a let down for Dolphins fans. Tannehill runs it in with 4 minutes left to take the lead as a double digit underdog in Seattle, only to have Russell Wilson drive down the field on one leg for the winning touchdown. Hey Kenny Stills, how in the hell did you drop this pass? New year and it looks like it is still the same old ‘Phins. – Randy Haines

New England Patriots: Tommy who? Jimmy G is the new and improved (and possibly better looking) version of Tom Brady. In all seriousness, Bill Belichick showed once again why he is the best coach in the league, winning without Brady and Gronk on the road against one of the best teams in the league. Belichick > everyone. -Nick Bair

New York Jets: Jets gonna Jets. Nick Folk missed an extra point and field goal in a one point game. Brandon Marshall was basically a ghost in this one and Revis Island appears to be defunct. Death, taxes and the AFC East being dominated by New England while the other three teams shot themselves in the foot over and over every season. Life’s only true sure things. – RH

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: They are baaaaaaaack! It was great to see the Ravens defense looking dominant again for the first time in forever. The offense still has a lot of work to do, but if the defense can get back to elite form, the Ravens will be back in the playoffs this year. Also, FLACCOOOOOOOOOOO – NB

Cincinnati Bengals: After last season’s playoff meltdown, it was important for the Bengals to get off to a good start this season. They played well and as I mentioned earlier, the Jets are the Jets. A.J. Green single handled ruined Revis Island as we know it. Great start to the season for Cincinnati. – RH

Cleveland Browns: I think things looked positive for five second increments there against the Eagles, before RGIII got leveled on a scramble and that might be all she wrote for this season. Thinking the Browns could win anymore than three or four games this year was probably a gross overestimation of their abilities. At least Terrelle Pryor looks like a gem, Corey Coleman is a burner, and eventually Josh Gordon will be back. Just the one tiny problem that there is no one to throw them the ball. – JC

Pittsburgh Steelers: Are we sure DeAngelo Williams is 33 years old? He looks as spry as ever and the Steelers will be fine with or without Le’veon Bell. In other news, Antonio Brown is good. I really liked how the Steelers’ defense looked against an above average offense. New England and Pittsburgh look like the class of the AFC right now. – NB

AFC South

Houston Texans: Houston got off to a slow start in the first half, but showed as the game went on they were the superior team. They ruined Chicago’s offensive line in the second half. If Will Fuller is going to continue to run through opposing defenses, the Texans will be a truly scary team week in and week out. – RH

Indianapolis Colts: Someone, anyone, please, get Andrew Luck on a different team. We are wasting years of this young man’s life and the general public is missing out on an alternate reality where he was on a team that actually offered him some help. Instead, Theo Riddick and Ameer Abdullah somehow had good stat lines and the Colts lost to the Lions despite Luck’s four TDs and close to 400 yards! This is the same Lions’s team that chased away every bit of talent they’ve ever had. Now that is sad. – JC

Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jags are the real deal. No, they did not beat Green Bay, but they showed they can compete with an elite team and went blow for blow for 60 minutes. Sunday was Rocky I, and Rocky II will be the Super Bowl in February. -NB

Tennessee Titans: Sigh. For the most of the game, it looked like the Titans could shock the Vikings and steal a win from a 2015 playoff team, but alas Titans gonna Titan. Two defensive TDs turned the tide and the Titans once again look like a team that will be battling for the first pick. -NB

AFC West

Denver Broncos: Trevor Siemian is … good? I guess almost anything would be better than nearly-armless Manning last season, but still that was a shock to see how competent he looked out there. Meanwhile, Von Miller and Co. went headhunting (literally) to great success and seemed to be able to really put it all together in the second half when it mattered. The Broncos were my lock to disappoint this season, and they still might, but for one game at least they made it seem like last season was no fluke. – JC

Kansas City Chiefs: It’s hard to really feel good about this win if you’re a Chiefs fan, but a win is a win. No one on this team showed up in the first half. Luckily, the Chargers had the life sucked out of them when Keenan Allen went down and Mike McCoy is still a bad head coach for San Diego. This team better step up next week against a real team in Houston if they want to be taken serious as an AFC contender. – RH

Oakland Raiders: The RAAAAAAAAAAAAIDERS! Just Win Baby! Jack ‘Big Balls’ Del Rio let Derek ‘Big Balls’ Carr go for two to win the game instead of taking the points and playing for OT. Oakland leaves New Orleans as the biggest winner of Week 1. The silver and black are not to be overlooked this year. -NB

San Diego Chargers: Life just isn’t fair for San Diego fans right now. Their team wants out of town, they blew a 21 point second half lead in Week 1, and their best skill player (Keenan Allen) is lost for the season once again. It’s only one game, but what little chance the Chargers had at making the playoffs this season are now gone. You can’t recover from this. The good news? Any bets on Mike McCoy as the first coach fired this season are looking really strong right now. – RH

Click here to read our NFC Week 1 Hot Takes.

-Nick Bair, Jordan Curet, and Randy Haines

Photo Credit: FOX Sports

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