AFC Week 11 Hot Takes

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: Huge win and much needed win for Buffalo this week. They were able to keep down an “Elite”  Cincinnati Bengals team on the road and keep within striking distance in the wild card playoff hunt. Bad news for the Bills though; Shady went down and missed the 2nd half of the game and all but guaranteed me a last place finish in Fantasy Football this year. – Sean Demetrakis

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins might be this year’s team that is good, but no one knows why. They have a pretty solid defense, but I’m pretty sure most defenses would have had a good showing against the Rams on Sunday. Ryan Tannehill was awful for most of the game before putting together the game winning touchdown drive. I really don’t know what to believe about this team anymore. – Randy Haines

New England Patriots: In Tom Brady’s Bay Area homecoming, the Pats got a pretty easy win over the hapless (1 and) Niners. The Patriots better keep winning too, as the suddenly red hot Dolphins are keeping pacing with them in the division, sitting just two games back. On paper, they have an easy game next against the rival Jets. We’ll see if that comes true. – Nick Bair

New York Jets: Thank you football gods for giving us a week off from this mess of a franchise. – RH

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: After appearing to totally control the Dallas rookies in the first half, the Ravens failed to replicate that kind of performance in the 2nd half. The offense couldn’t stay on the field long enough or put up enough points and instead we had to continue to watch Zeke feed himself what I can only image to be Gerber’s baby spinach. (That guy is really good and that offensive line is even better.) About the only good thing to come out of Sunday was the fact that AJ Green got hurt for the Bengals and he won’t be able to turn in one of his classic 200 yard, 2 touchdown performances in Baltimore this week. – SD

Cincinnati Bengals: Not only is the Bengals season all but over after their loss to Buffalo, but they may have lost their best offensive player A.J. Green for the season. They did lose maybe their second best offensive player Gio Bernard for the season with an ACL injury. When it rains it pour in Cincinnati, on to 2017. – RH

Cleveland Browns: Can we really have any more hot takes on this dumpster fire? They continue to let Crowell touch the ball despite him being a worse option than 3rd string QB Kevin Hogan. They have an actual carousel going on at QB. The offensive line can barely keep their QB upright and cost them the chance at maybe, potentially, not really attempting to tie the game late in the 4th quarter. At this point we all know this team is going 0-16 and there is no way they can get a win. We are just merely counting down until Week 17. I’m sure the Lions are also anxiously awaiting this day. – SD

Pittsburgh Steelers: The best way to cure a losing streak is to play the Browns. Ben Roethlisberger now has the most wins for a starting QB in Browns Stadium history. Oh by the way he only plays there once a year. The Steelers get to play Andrew Luck and the Colts on Thanksgiving night this week, and they will need to win to keep pace with Baltimore in the AFC North. – NB

AFC South

Houston Texans: The Texans were able to hang with Oakland for most of Monday Night, but in the end they just weren’t good enough. Look on the brightside Texans fans, Brock Osweiler actually threw for more than 100 yards this week and your team still plays in the AFC South. – RH

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts narrowly escaped Sunday with a win against a feisty Titans team. The Colts desperately needed this win to keep up with the somehow 6-3 Texans. In untypical Colts fashion, they actually made a defensive stand late in the 4th quarter when the Titans were driving. And then in even more untypical fashion, they iced the game away with their 105 year old running back. They did however lose the longest streak for FGs when Vinatieri missed a 42 yard attempt in the 2nd quarter. I can’t get behind anything the Colts do. They left Baltimore and I have wanted them to lose every time they step on the field ever since I could fully understand what they did to the city of Baltimore. They also are home to my least favorite WR in the league, “fantasy sleeper” Donte Moncrief. – SD

Jacksonville Jaguars: So disappointing. I am probably the only guy out there that continues to drink this kool aid and week after week, year after year and all they do is continue to regress. Does Blake Bortles even know how to play football? He once again threw a pick which led to six and the team would lose by 7. Go figure. They have one of the best WR duos in the league in the Allen Bros and yet they still try to find Marqise Lee. That guy is just another bust in a long line of USC busts. Maybe one of these years the kool aid will actually be worth drinking. – SD

Tennessee Titans: This week was a real let down for the Titans. They had a great opportunity to take a leap in the division against the rival Colts, but could not get it done. Mariota and the Titans are probably still at least a year or two away from truly competing, but they are still just 1.5 games out of first place. They need to win this week in Chicago before their bye week to stay in the chase. – NB

AFC West

Denver Broncos: The Broncos were lucky to get a bye week. After narrowly defeating the Saints a week ago, the bye brings time for this team to re-group and get ready for the playoff push over the last 6 weeks of the season. They get the Chiefs at home on Sunday night football. – SD

Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs didn’t have star corner Marcus Peters on Sunday, but that’s not the main reason they lost. They lost for the same reason they lose any game, no big plays on offense. Kansas City is still a good team and will more than likely make the playoffs, but they are who we think they are. – RH

Oakland Raiders: Carr for MVP! It doesn’t matter if this team plays in Oakland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, or Mexico City, they are primed for a great decade with Derek Carr as their franchise QB. Oakland is now basically a lock for the playoffs after their comeback win over Houston and are the team no one will want to face come January. – NB

San Diego Chargers: Much needed bye week for the Chargers – RH

-Nick Bair, Sean Demetrakis, and Randy Haines

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