AFC Week 12 Hot Takes

AFC East

Buffalo Bills: We are twelve weeks in and the Bills are just barely edging past the Jaguars, sitting at third in the conference. Taylor is back to throwing sub-200 yard games, while McCoy is the focal point of the offense. That will not work against better teams, but I suppose you win anyway you can. On the plus side, Sammy Watkins did plenty with three catches, going for 80 yards and offers them options alongside Woods at receiver. – Jordan Curet

Miami Dolphins: That’s six straight wins for the Miami Dolphins, six!! If the playoffs started this weekend they would be the 6th seed. 2016 really is one of the wackiest seasons we’ve had in a long time. Give the Dolphins credit however as they’ve put themselves in a really nice spot with a few more winnable games still remaining on the schedule. I’m starting to really regret selling my Ryan Tannehill stock back in September. – Randy Haines

New England Patriots: The Pats stumbled a bit Sunday, but still got the dub against the rival Jets. The Pats are well on their way to a playoff bye, but another Gronk injury is quite concerning for their championship hopes. He needs to stay on the field for this team to have a real chance at the Lombardi Trophy. – Nick Bair

New York Jets: I think I know what Todd Bowles is doing. By doing ridiculous stuff like sticking with Ryan Fitzpatrick when he has two young qb’s on the roster who need some playing time he is actually going with the seldom used “say we’re trying to win but we know we’re actually tanking” strategy. He’s really pulling it off wonderfully. – RH

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens: Even without A.J. Green, it was still a big win for the Raven to beat the Bengals this week. Most importantly, they kept pace with the Steelers for the AFC North lead, and remained undefeated against the division for the year. Now it is time to stop the Dolphins six game win streak. – NB

Cincinnati Bengals: You can finally stick a fork in the 2016 Cincinnati Bengals. Their offense is nothing without A.J. Green and Gio Bernard. See you next year Bengals. – RH

Cleveland Browns: This was one of the last games the Browns had a shot at winning, yet it wasn’t close. I think they may well be destined to go 0-16. To spice things up there will at least be the potential for a RGIII return this coming weekend. Also, Terrelle Pryor is a gentleman. – JC

Pittsburgh Steelers: Pittsburgh got super lucky on Thanksgiving night and played against Scott Tolzien instead of Andrew Luck. Ben, Bell, and Brown did their things on offense and got an easy win for the Steelers. They will have a much tougher matchup at home this week against the G Men. Can their abysmal secondary stop Odell and company? That would be the key to the game. – NB

AFC South

Houston Texans: I hate that I can’t stick a fork in this team for 2016. I thought there was a chance Brock Osweiler would improve after a rough start to the reason, but if anything he’s gotten worse. Is there a chance they could bench him? Or sell him for cheap on cyber Monday? – RH

Indianapolis Colts: The Colts got demolished by the Steelers Thursday on national television, just so everyone can see what this team is without Andrew Luck at quarterback. I felt bad for Scott Tolzien, a former Packer, but that should quiet the few Luck haters out there about his value. – JC

Jacksonville Jaguars: Another week, another Jags loss. See you in 2017. – NB

Tennessee Titans: Another important win for the Titans, but it was a little concerning that their defense let Matt Barkley look like a functional NFL Quarterback. The Titans sit a half game out going into their Week 13 bye week, which seemed like a crazy thought when they season started. Rest up Titans, you will need it down the stretch. – NB

AFC West

Denver Broncos: The Sunday Night game was also probably the game of the weekend, with Kansas City surviving on a last second field goal in OT. Both teams looked downright scary on defense and the fact that they both managed to put up +25 points is a credit to their offensive lines. Both defensive lines were out for blood and Siemian and Alex Smith were impressive in the face of that terror. The Raiders should be afraid. – JC

Kansas City Chiefs: Holy Tyreek Hill! Holy Justin Houston!! What a win for this Kansas City team, if Hill and a healthy Jeremy Maclin can finally give this team the big play dynamic they’ve desperately needed for so they could be in position to make some noise in January. – RH

Oakland Raiders: Can anyone stop the Raaaaaaidersssss? Derek Carr survived a bent pinky finger to put up another phenomenal game in a battle against the reigning MVP. The Raiders have their first winning season in over a decade, and they still have five games to play. They will be in the playoffs and are in the driver’s seat in the AFC West for now. – NB

San Diego Chargers: The Chargers came away with a real solid road win to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. However with only two division games remaining it will be extremely difficult for them to make up ground. – RH

-Nick Bair, Jordan Curet, and Randy Haines

Photo Credit: Arrowhead Pride

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