AFC Week 9 Hot Takes

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: Rex Ryan and the Bills will be rightfully angry about the play at the end of the first half where Sherman got in a cheap shot on the kicker. Had Buffalo converted that field goal, it would have been looking at a different game in the second half. They also would have been looking at a different game if they hadn’t let Jimmy Graham show out. Tough day at the office and back to the drawing board for this defense. – Jordan Curet

Miami Dolphins: I’m really not sure how this team is 4-4. No seriously I had to go back and triple check their schedule to date just to make sure ESPN hadn’t made a mistake in posting their record. Miami actually finds themselves in a halfway decent spot as their next four games are against a mix of mediocre and bad teams (San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Baltimore). A possible ray of hope in South Beach? – Randy Haines

New England Patriots: Happy bye week for the Pats. The rest of the league got to rest easy. – Nick Bair

New York Jets: Please for the love of God will someone make Ryan Fitzpatrick go away? I really don’t know how much more of this football fans can take. Home against the Rams is a good of a spot as any to throw either Petty or Hackenberg out there. Oh god I just realized we could have a Ryan Fitzpatrick vs Case Keenum battle next week. The NFL needs a rule where they can flex games to truTV at Noon on a Thursday like the NCAA does with their crappy March Madness games. – RH

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: As usual, it wasn’t pretty, but man it feels good to keep beating Pittsburgh. The defense looked great for most of the game, while the offense continues to sputter along. If Flacco can get his act together, this team should be in good position to compete for the division title. If he keeps playing like he has, Pittsburgh will have lost this battle, but will ultimately win the war. – NB

Cincinnati Bengals: A bye week and only half a game out of first in the AFC North. You can’t ask for much more as a Bengals fan considering how they’ve played so far this season. – RH

Cleveland Browns: This team is basically hot-take proof. They haven’t won a game, they are starting Cody Kessler at quarterback, and their best shot at not going 0-16 is probably next week against a Ravens team that looked good again this week. In other words, just enjoy the Cavs, Cleveland. – JC

Pittsburgh Steelers: That was such a bad performance against an archrival coming off of bye week. You really have to question the team’s preparation for that game. I know Ben was hobbled, but that doesn’t excuse the whole team from no showing that game. Not only did PIttsburgh play poorly, then had penalty after penalty. It is their third loss in a row, and it doesn’t get easier as the red hot Dallas Cowboys come to town this week. – NB

AFC South

Houston Texans: Much needed bye week for Houston to try and get things right with their offense. – RH

Indianapolis Colts: This is karma for me talking so much crap about the Colts week in and week out. Starting with a 99-yard kickoff return and ending with a Gore touchdown, the Packers never led in this one. Despite giving up 26 points, the Indy defense looked pretty good overall and Luck was only sacked once all game. It leaves the Colts still in the mix for the playoffs, mostly because no one is good this year, but I’m sure they’ll take it regardless. – JC

Jacksonville Jaguars: I feel like I’m writing the same thing each week for this team. They stink and there isn’t much else too it until they make some wholesale personnel changes in the front office. But hey, at least they backdoor covered the spread as I predicted on Thursday. – NB

Tennessee Titans: The Titans lost in a shootout in San Diego mostly due to the fact that they couldn’t stop Melvin Gordon and they couldn’t stop committing costly turnovers. Still, Tennessee looks like they are really starting to build themselves into a good team, but there will still be growing pains with this young roster. Sadly, if there were going to make a serious run at that division, they needed to win a game like that on Sunday. – NB

AFC West

Denver Broncos: I guess C.J. Anderson was more important to this offense than was let on. Denver couldn’t get their ground game going and Siemian looked very average, while the defense let Latavius Murray run them into the ground. Never doubt the lesser Murray, Dion. – JC

Kansas City Chiefs: While all the attention in this division is on the Raiders (rightfully so) and the Broncos, Kansas City is just doing what they do. The Chiefs are 6-2 and in prime position at another playoff push. They will need Alex Smith back against Carolina in week 10 however. Nick Foles did not look good on Sunday and could’ve been in some serious trouble had they played basically any other team in the league. Also, Travis Kelce might be my new favorite player after throwing his towel at an official. – RH

Oakland Raiders: The doubters can go home, the Raiders are legit! In what was their biggest test of the season so far, the Raiders took care of business in primetime against their rival Broncos. The Black Hole was rocking for their biggest November game in at least a decade. Latavius Murray shined on offense (100+ yard and 3 TDs), while Khalil Mack anchored the defense (2 sacks, FF, Fumble Recovery) as Oakland climbs to 7-2 going into their bye week. – NB

San Diego Chargers: The good news is the Chargers are a good football team. The bad news is the Chargers are in the best division in football and have almost no chance at making the playoffs because of it. Can we get them moved to the AFC South just for this season? America would much rather see Philip Rivers in the playoffs than Brock Osweiler I’m pretty positive of that. – RH

-Nick Bair, Jordan Curet, and Randy Haines

Photo Credit: SI

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