AFC Week 7 Hot Takes

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: I was at a Bills’ bar (completely by accident) this past weekend and watched as a stream of Buffalo fans left with about three minutes to play. That is no way to show Rex Ryan your support, people. Although they went on to lose, Tyrod Taylor competed admirably largely without McCoy, and got the team within a field goal before Miami recovered the onside kick to seal the game. What made Taylor’s job impossible was the Bills defense failing to show up this week at all, allowing Jay Ajayi to carry for over 200 yards. So who can Rex fire now? Hint, it’s his brother. – Jordan Curet

Miami Dolphins: Just when I thought it was safe to write off the Dolphins this season Jay Ajayi happened. The Dolphins were actively bringing in guys off the street to take his spot a month ago, now he looks like Jim Brown. The 2016 NFL season makes no sense – Randy Haines

New England Patriots: The line favored the Patriots by 8 heading into this game, and that seemed about right given it was a Roethlisberger-less Steelers team on the other side of the ball. Landry Jones did fine filling in but failed to come up with a couple big plays when they were needed. The Patriots’ run game took care of business and Gronkowski is officially back to being a monster. Although New England probably let the Steelers hang around in this one more than they should have, they covered and put another in the W column. – JC

New York Jets: That win was the worst thing that could have happened to the Jets. Giving them false hope that maybe their season isn’t over just yet. A loss in Cleveland next week would be the ultimate icing on the cake for this terrible football team. – RH

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: There is a lot wrong in Baltimore right now, including an O-line that has a hard time blocking, a quarterback who might be hurt, and now an ineffective running game. I blame Flacco most of all, but other options are slim heading into Week 8. This loss takes the Ravens below .500 and leaves them on a four game losing streak. What was once a promising season is turning into a nightmare. Good news is the rest of the division hasn’t looked that great either so this could all flip next week if they can beat the Steelers at home. – JC

Cincinnati Bengals: What a difference a week makes. Last week it looked as if the Bengals were on life support for 2016. It’s amazing what a home game against the Browns, a Ben Roethlisberger injury and a complete meltdown by the Ravens can do for a team. – RH

Cleveland Browns: I’m running out of nice things to say about the Browns at this point, who literally cannot keep a quarterback for longer than a game. They are speed dating quarterbacks. At this point, I would just check out The Ringer’s thoughtful couple of paragraphs, because being the only winless team left in the NFL is apparently garnering sympathy from some sections of the internet. – JC

Pittsburgh Steelers: There really isn’t much to say here. The Steelers had no chance against New England with Landry Jones under center and that’s basically what happened. Pittsburgh has a bye week before a crucial division match-up with Baltimore – RH

AFC South

Houston Texans: 22 of 41 for 131 yards, that’s a stat line Case Keenum would be proud of. Now I can’t completely crush Osweiler as this happened against the Denver defense, but throw in his recent run of below average play and it’s time to hit the panic button in Houston – RH  

Indianapolis Colts: You know those movies where the hero is captured and beaten within an inch of his life, before he still manages to recover enough to save the day? That’s Andrew Luck on a week in and week out basis. In fact, this season may be one long ad for him as the next premier superhero on Netflix. The Colts weathered the Titans and now face a Chiefs team that might be finding their stride, check in Sunday for Part 8 of this ongoing series. – JC

Jacksonville Jaguars: I think we all need to take a moment and pour one out for Blake Bortles’ career. He is not a good quarterback and has shown no signs he is getting better and if anything he’s regressed some from last year. It’s a shame because the Jags won’t move on from Bortles until it’s too late and they will surely waste a couple of seasons of what should be a really good defense before they finally figure it out. – RH

Tennessee Titans: Tennessee could have beaten the Colts Sunday and propelled themselves into real contention for the AFC South. Instead, they face what amounts to a must-win against the Jaguars on Thursday. That I have to say all of that with sincerity is more than I can handle. Since no one in their right mind will be tuning into that game, we’ll just let you know what happens next week. – JC

AFC West

Denver Broncos: Denver bounced back in a big way and got the happy chance to tell Brock they don’t miss him at all. The defense was exceptional, back to form after two down weeks. Denver is still technically second in the division but play the Chargers and Raiders in back to back weeks. In particular, the Raiders game in prime time will solidify one team’s hold on the AFC West. – JC

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs should propose to the league that season start October 1st since this is two seasons in a row now they’ve basically punted the month of September. Kansas City is on a roll once again in a wide open and very competitive AFC West. – RH

Oakland Raiders: The Raiders did what good teams do, win games they are supposed to win. It wasn’t the prettiest games at times but over the course of the game Oakland showed that they were the superior team. Derek Carr and company find themselves in a similar situation against next week as they play at Tampa Bay against the suddenly hot Bucs. Also is Michael Crabtree the best receiver that no one talks about? – RH

San Diego Chargers: Someone break up the Chargers! Wins over Denver and Atlanta in back to back weeks has somehow put this team into the playoff race. They will face Denver for the second time in three weeks on Sunday, if they can pull off the upset again their schedule sets up nicely with home games against Tennessee, Miami and Tampa Bay with a bye week mixed in over the following five weeks. Philip Rivers just does not get enough credit for what he can do with mediocre at best weapons around him. – RH

 

Photo Credit – Sean M. Haffey, Getty Images

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