AFC Week 5 Hot Takes

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: Not sure beating the Rams is worth beating the drum about, but a win is a win. Somehow, the Bills have found their stride on both sides of the ball, winning their last three games by more than two scores each. The defense has stepped it up and Tyrod Taylor has found last year’s form and they have a soft game against the 49ers this week. We’ll know where the Bills are really at when they play the Patriots again, but for now, look out. – Jordan Curet

Miami Dolphins: Is this the worst team in all of football? I at least get the feeling that the Browns and Bears are trying. If losing by double digits at home to the Titans doesn’t say “We’ve mailed it in for 2016” I don’t know what does. The Dolphins have officially entered the Deshaun Watson/DeShone Kizer sweepstakes and they’ll probably find a way to lose that as well. – Randy Haines

New England Patriots: He is baaaaaaaaaaaack! The greatest living American, Touchdown Tommy Brady, came back from suspension at full speed and dominated the hapless Browns. Brady had over 400 passing yards and 3 TDs (all to new weapon Martellus Bennett). The Patriots are now running on all cylinders with vengeance in their eyes. I feel bad for the rest of the league, in particularly the Bengals who have to travel to Foxborough next week. – Nick Bair

New York Jets: Well the good news is Ryan Fitzpatrick didn’t throw any interceptions, the bad news is that’s about all that went right for the Jets. With six more games on the schedule against teams who currently have a winning record, when does the coaching staff shift it’s focus to seeing what they have in the duo of Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg? 2016 is already over for the Jets, no need to make it worse by not seeing what you have in this group of young signal callers. – RH

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: Well that was terrible. It’s bad enough losing because Breshad Perriman’s foot was an inch out of bounds, but it had to be against the ‘Skins. Brutal. Another week of missed opportunities as the offense struggled mightily outside of an impressive first drive. Terrance West looked great, but for some reason they stopped feeding him the ball in the second half. Also, CJ Mosley, what were you thinking? You can’t fumble the ball at the one, just get down big fella. With news that the Ravens have fired OC Marc Trestman already, the Ravens brass clearly saw what the fans saw yesterday, and know that the offense needs to improve if they want to compete this year. – NB

Cincinnati Bengals: Woof. What in the hell was that? The extra time Cincinnati had to prepare for Dallas obviously didn’t help as they were completely dominated in the trenches on both sides of the ball in this one. I thought the Bengals D-line would have a chance against Dallas’ offensive, but this one wasn’t close. This was not the start Marvin Lewis and company were looking for with a trip to Foxborough on tap for Week 6. – RH

Cleveland Browns: This was never going to be pretty, going against Brady during the first week of what will probably be a truly spectacular revenge tour. Despite the shellacking, the Browns are, against all odds, showing signs of what could be a competent football team next year. If only they could hold onto a quarterback for a full game. – JC

Pittsburgh Steelers: Another dominating performance for the home team in the Steel City. The Jets kept it close in the first three quarters, but the wheels fell off in the fourth quarter as the Steelers put the game out of reach. Big Ben was magnificent once again, throwing for 4 TDs including 2 to emerging stud Sammie Coates. This team is rolling and with the rest of the AFC North taking Ls this week, they should be a lock to win the division. – NB

AFC South

Houston Texans: Houston definitely has a problem. Their problem? They just might not be very good. I was one of the people who thought in a weak AFC South they did just enough well on both sides of the ball to take the division. As it stands, they are hands down the worst first place team we currently have in the league and if they had any real competition within the division I would consider writing them off even at 3-2. – RH

Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck will win you some games, like he did Sunday, but when you are scraping out wins from the largely ineffective Bears, you have bigger problems. Everyone is aware of those problems, including the Colts’ front office. However, the Colts GM spent the week putting his foot in his mouth, blaming Andrew Luck’s contract for his inability to get good pieces. This is such a bad take, he ought to write for us. – JC

Jacksonville Jaguars: A bye week for the Jags, but A Rob appeared on SportsCenter. Always putting in work. – NB

Tennessee Titans: Finally the Titans put it all together for a dominant victory. This is the team that fans have been hoping for all year. Mariota was super sharp, passing for 3 TDs and running for another one. DeMarco Murray keeps running all over the league. The defense looked really good as well, forcing 2 INTs and holding the Dolphins to under 200 yards passing and 51 yards rushing. Can the Titans make a run in the lousy AFC South? – NB

AFC West

Denver Broncos: Finally, finally the defending Super Bowl champs were taken down by the great Atlanta offense. More importantly, teams now have a recipe for beating the Broncos, by running the ball and getting the backs involved in the passing game. Plus, as long as Trevor Siemian remains out, this is a more vulnerable team. Maybe the Chargers can break their bad luck streak by taking advantage. – JC

Kansas City Chiefs: Bye week. Andy Reid is the man coming off a bye with a 15-2 career record. – RH

Oakland Raiders: There is a still a lot to work on with this team, but when you play the Chargers, you will find a way to win. Amari Cooper had his best game of the season so far and the defense played juuuuuust well enough to survive in a shootout. With Latavius Murray out, many fantasy owners were hoping that DeAndre Washington or Jalen Richard would break out as a stud, but it was a true committee yesterday, and even Jamize Olawale vultured a TD. Another big chance for the Silver and Black next week when division rival Kansas City comes to town. – NB

San Diego Chargers: I should just copy and paste the following sentence every week for the rest of the season; “The Chargers always find a way to lose no matter what.” What will be different for San Diego in Week 6? They get to show the entire country their ineptitude as they host Denver on Thursday night. – RH

-Nick Bair, Jordan Curet, and Randy Haines

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