AFC Week 8 Hot Takes

AFC East

Buffalo Bills:  At the end of the day, splitting the season series with the Patriots is probably a win in and of itself. The bigger issue is taking two losses in a row in the division spells a lot of trouble, especially with a tough slate of games yet to play. Bills fans are already throwing in the proverbial dildo. – Jordan Curet

Miami Dolphins: Miami will face off against the Jets coming off their bye week. – Randy Haines

New England Patriots: All is well in New England. The Patriots have a firm grip on the AFC East and probably the entire AFC as well. Tom Brady is in peak form after his suspension and is sneaking his way into the MVP race despite missing a quarter of the season. Most importantly, Gronk scored his 69th (nice) career touchdown Sunday, which I’m sure he celebrated in pure Gronk style after the game. – Nick Bair

New York Jets: A comeback win against the Browns isn’t something to brag about, but this Jets team will take it. Ryan Fitzpatrick continues to be one of the worst quarterbacks in the league after completing less than 50% of his passes against a Cleveland team who has allowed a 103.4 QB Rating to opposing QB’s this season. Well done Fitzy. – RH

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: A much needed bye week for the Ravens. – NB

Cincinnati Bengals: This just isn’t the Bengals year. The rest of their division is crumbling around them and they tie the Redskins in a game they should’ve easily won. Cincinnati will have to do some real regrouping during the bye if they hope to save their season. – RH

Cleveland Browns: If you were going to win one, it was going to be this week. Now the Browns have a very healthy chance at 0-16. Fun! – JC

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers got a nice chance to rest and heal this week on their bye. – NB

AFC South

Houston Texans: Houston picked up a much needed win over Detroit in a game their defense really took over. Quarterback Brock Osweiler also looked competent for the first time in weeks, a welcome sign for Texans fans. Houston heads into their bye week in first place in the AFC South. – RH

Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck can’t be superhuman every week. Even with Donte Moncrief returning and the Chiefs basically limping to the finish line, the Colts were toothless this game. The petition to remove Luck from the Colts as punishment for gross incompetence should be on the ballot November 8th. – JC

Jacksonville Jaguars: I don’t like seeing anyone lose their job, but c’mon Jags, you have to fire Gus Bradley. He clearly isn’t getting the job done and the team is going nowhere despite some very talented players on both sides of the ball. If they are going to keep Bradley, at least loan A Rob, Ramsey, and Fowler out to some playoff contenders for the rest of the season. – NB

Tennessee Titans: The Titans played well on Thursday night and are back to .500 heading into November. This is quite an accomplishment for a team that only won three games last season. They are also only a game back of the Texans for the division lead. Could the Titans surprise us all and make the playoffs (only to be blown out in the Wild Card Round of course)? They will have to continue to play well the next few weeks when they travel to San Diego and host Green Bay. – NB

AFC West

Denver Broncos: The Broncos lost C.J. Anderson, probably for the season, but are lucky to have a rookie good enough to throw right into the mix. Devontae Booker was serviceable, the defense was excellent, and Denver is keeping pace with the Raiders for the division, who they play Sunday night in what will hopefully continue the very recent trend of decent primetime games. – JC

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs just keep on rolling. Alex Smith left this game with a concussion (or not a concussion depending on which reports you read) and Nick Foles just flat out looked better in relief. If Foles is forced into action for an extended period of time his turnover issues could come to the surface, but for Week 9 against the Jaguars he should do just fine. – RH

Oakland Raiders: What an ugly, sloppy game by both teams in Tampa yesterday, but Oakland will definitely take the win. Derek Carr looked great, throwing for over 500 yards(!) and 4 TDs, including the walk off game winner in OT. The Raiders need to cut down on the penalties and mental mistakes, but they are in a great position to make a playoff run right now at 6-2. – NB

San Diego Chargers: It’s hard to sweep any team in a season let alone a team like Denver. The Chargers aren’t dead yet, but with the rest of the AFC West all 5-2 or better they are on life support. On the brightside, first round pick Joey Bosa is the real deal and has put all the contract dispute nonsense far in the rearview mirror. – RH

-Nick Bair, Jordan Curet, and Randy Haines

Photo Credit: Titans Online

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