My early rankings. Amazing to me how many teams have a shot at the playoffs. Some really impressive talent in the AFC with lots of potential emerging teams. 1. New England Is there any question? It kind of feels like the Patriots and then a drop off to 5-6 teams. Injuries could derail them and Brady isn't getting any younger. 2. Oakland This is an ascending team with Carr looking like a potential elite qb and Cooper one of the best young receivers. Mack is one of the best defensive players. Their division is tough, which could be a huge factor. 3. Pittsburgh The Steelers have a fantastic offense with Big Ben still leading the way. The team hasn't matched up well against New England and I'm not sure the defense is all that. 4. Houston The Texans may have the best defense in the AFC. Their questions are at quarterback, but Murray (if he starts) doesn't have to do a whole lot for them to win. 5. Miami The Dolphins should take off offensively in year two with Adam Gase. The defense has a lot of newcomers and Miami's ceiling seems to be wildcard with New England in the same division. 6. Kansas City This team may be a tad underrated, but a potential qb controversy could come into play. 7. Tennessee The Titans have one of the best young qb's and went 9-7 last year. Their division is up for grabs. 8. Baltimore John Harbaugh remains one of the best coaches and the team had a nice offseason on paper. If the Steelers stumble, Baltimore and Cincinnati could capitalize. 9. Cincinnati The Bengals have playoff talent, but something seems to be holding them back. 10. Denver The Broncos still have a defense that can keep them in games, but they have questions at qb. 11. San Diego On paper, the Chargers look like a playoff caliber team. Loved their draft. They always seem to underachieve, though (coaching?). 12. Buffalo The Bills have a solid defense, a really good running game and a decent qb. They could make a move with McDermitt as head coach. 13. Indianapolis If Luck is healthy Indianapolis has a legit playoff chance. That always seems like a big if, though. 14. Jacksonville Emerging defense, a potential elite runner in Fournette and a division that is up for grabs. If only Jacksonville had a qb. If Bortles can step it up the Jags aren't that bad. 15. Cleveland The Browns had a terrific offseason IMO, but they still have a long way to go. 16. NY Jets The Jets have talent on defense, but questions everywhere on offense and maybe the worst qb situation in the NFL. They could challenge for the #1 pick.