Predicting The Afc Playoff Teams

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  1. JahnDho

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    There are a lot of sites giving their predictions. For the year. I have Miami finishing 2nd in the AFC East at 8-8 and out of the playoffs. Here’s how I think the playoffs should unfold.

    NE
    Pitt
    KC
    Jax

    Wild Cards: LAC and Tenn
     
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  2. FinfanInBuffalo

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    NE
    Pitt
    Den
    Jax

    Wild cards: Mia, Oak

    I think the AFC South will be bad this year. The AFC West will be pretty good but beat each other up. The AFC North will be Pitt and nobody else.
     
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    :laugh San Diego with Pouncey putting them over.

    I would love to see NE or Pittsburgh not on that list: could this be the year? I found it interesting that Brady suggested playing for many years before the Draft and now is considering retirement sooner than later?

    We've got more questions than any other team; many young players who will need to take that next step and a several guys coming back from major injuries. If we get the breaks this year I think we can challenge for the AFC east , I don't want to start the season aiming for the 6th wildcard.
     
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    I won't attempt it this early, until we see what teams suffer injuries and setbacks in the camp and pre season.
     
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    The south division has a strong argument of being the best division with the return of Watson and Luck.

    NE
    Pitt
    Jax
    Oak

    WC-KC and Hou
     
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    Agreed. We know Kilgore, Sitton, Davis, Amendola, Wilson, Gesicki, Smythe, Quinn, McMillan, Fitz, maybe Baker, and other new faces will be new and getting significant snaps, if not starting. Then we have McMillan (listed again), Lippett, Tannehill, Quinn (back), James, and others back from injuries. That's about 2/3s of the starters, depending on how we count. PLUS, the debates over Tunsil, KA, Harris, and a couple others. This is the reason a lot of people justify their pessimism, and I get that.
    I've said elsewhere, all the bad possibilities won't happen, nor will all the good. I think a lot of the changes will be even, at worse, (e.g., Kilgore), I expect progress from the question marks (e.g., Harris, Tunsil), and upgrades from others (e.g., Gore, Gesicki, Fitz). If the coaching improves, this team could be solid with a chance at the playoffs, if they can get through September.
     
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    I doubt Luck will ever be what he was in 2013.
     
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    Why k.c. Has some talent, they have a huge ? At qb, why he looked good week 17, you have to remember it was week 17 a lot of players where playing not to get injured for this year
     
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    AFC teams I am convinced will be better than Miami in 2018:

    New England
    Pittsburgh
    Jacksonville

    That's it.

    San Diego? The popular Cinderella pick since forever? They've been considerably WORSE than the Fins over the past three years. 4-12, 5-11, and 9-7 isn't putting the fear of God into me. Kansas City? With Mahomes? We'll see. Oakland? I'm not convinced Chucky is going to turn that team around in a season. Houston? Sure, DeShaun Watson is back, but does anyone remember how bad that defense was? Tennessee? Indy? Not scared. Denver? Time for Vance Joseph to show me something.

    New York? Buffalo? They're rebooting at QB. Cincy? Give me one reason 2018 won't look just like 2015, 2016, 2017.... Cleveland? How about they win more than one game during this Presidential administration before we say they're playoff contenders?

    The point is - there isn't a single team in the AFC without some GLARING questions, other than NE and Pitt. I still have questions about Jacksonville on offense, but that D is so good I'm not sure it matters. Miami is right in the middle of that group with glaring questions.

    I don't see any reason to not say "Miami has a shot at a wildcard this year." There are about a dozen teams that can say that same thing.
     
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    I could see KC taking a step back with the erratic young guy at qb. They will probably miss Alex Smith. Denver is pretty bad.

    I could see SD taking a huge step forward. Philip Rivers is golden at losing at crucial times, but he has a lot of talent around him. I will take them in the West even though Rivers is a stats guy but not a winner. If they had stability at qb, they could be in the mix for the super bowl. Electrifying defense, good backs and receivers, some high draft picks on the O line. Very good team.

    Oakland may be in the mix.

    Jax could win the AFC.

    Will the hapless ragamuffin Browns actually win a game? What an embarrassment they are.
     
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    I think anybody who watched football can assume these predictions are barring injury. Who predicts injuries?
     
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    Mine are:

    NE
    Pit
    Jax
    Oak

    Mia, SD

    I don't believe Luck will return to form and Watson's "more interceptable passes than anyone in 2017" will eventually catch up with him. I also do not believe in Marcus "my stats were on par with Jay Cutler last season" Mariota. I don't believe in the Bills at all, maybe the Ravens challenge and I don't know what to make of KC or Denver.
     
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    A few people on this forum...about their own team's QB.
     
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    Well that's fun, I guess. We really can't assume all predictions in June are barring injury? Obviously if Tom Brady goes down the Pats aren't winning **** with Bryan Hoyer.
     
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    Patriots
    Steelers
    Jaguars
    Broncos

    In the Hunt---Dolphins-Texans-Raiders-Bengals

    Dolphins and Texans clinch
     
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    Your point is a valid one. I think what Romano was suggesting is he's not going to try to predict either way at this point; he's going to wait until training camp to see what injuries occur.
     
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    New England
    Pittsburgh
    Jags
    Broncos

    Miami and CLEVELAND in the wild card.

    To be honest I just wanted to make the bold Cleveland prediction.
     
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    Miami
    Baltimore
    Jax
    KC

    Patriots
    Steelers
     
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    New England
    Houston
    Oakland
    Baltimore
    Jacksonville
    Miami

    I think Houston is going to be really good if Watson stays healthy.
     
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    I do not like the QB situation in the AFC South. Mariota was BAD last season. Luck may never be the same. Bortles is Bortles. Watson is fragile and about to get a rude awaking about the NFL and catching up to players.
     
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    People have been making bold predictions on Cleveland for 15 years. They've burned me too many times.

    I could see the Raiders being good but its hard to say how the last season in Oakland will influence them

    The AFC East could be the cakewalk division of the league. Potentially 2 rookie QBs starting, a 41 year old and a guy coming off missing a season and a half.
     
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    New England
    Pittsburgh
    Houston
    LA Chargers

    Wild Card
    Jacksonville
    Miami

    Houston and LA have all the things needed to be a contender. Great defense and very good QB play. I wouldnt be surprised if they make it to the AFC championship game. The Texans QB is one of the best rookies I ever saw, if he returns from injury ok, they should be contenders. Deshaun Watson is the QB I would have dream of being drafted by the Dolphins. LA has a very scary young a good defense to complement with a capabble offense. New England and Pittsburgh have no challengers on their divisions as long as no other QB on their divisions is a top QB like the ones they have. I put Jacksonville because they are a young a strong defensive team and Dolphins because I am a homer and really wish Tannehill is the QB half of this board thinks he is. If not, I expect the Bills and the Chiefs to compete for the final spot.
     
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    If Houston doesn't do something serious about their D, they're going to lose a lot of games 38-34
     
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    [QUOTE="FinfanInBuffalo, post: 7648397, member: 1580" Mariota was BAD last season.[/QUOTE]

    Just looking at box scores it would appear a down year for Mariota. But 5 of Titans 9 victories came with Mariotta making plays in the 4th to win close games and get them to playoffs. The prior 2 years were good for him. Don't think their team was very good last year and his stats showed that.
     
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    Houston gave up the most points per game in the NFL last year, and it wasn't all that close.
     
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    Not buying it. Good pass protection. Decent running game. Decent defense. Passer rating below 80. More INTs than TDs. May have been an aberration for Mariota. He was better the previous two years, but he was not good last year.
     
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    Being up here in Ohio I see it first hand but most people don’t realize Cleveland could easily be 16-16 as opposed to 1-31 the last two years. They have blown about 10-15 wins over the time, it’s not all a talent issue. Hue Jackson has lost them more games than their roster has.

    The only ones you can put directly on a player is on Kiser last year vs the packers. First drive of overtime he threw up what looked like a punt off his back foot

    Also Corey Coleman dropped on in his mitts in week 17 last year on fourth down
     
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    1. Patriots
    2. Jaguars
    3. Steelers
    4. Chiefs (they’ll be the division winner that shouldn’t be in the playoffs)
    5. Dolphins
    6. Texans

    Miami beats KC
    Pitt beats Houston

    New England beats Miami
    Jacksonville beats Pitt

    Jacksonville beats NE
     
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    Who is the Head Coach this year?
     
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    NE for sure. Pittsburgh most likely. Jacksonville and Houston. Oakland and Denver.
     
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    Good ol hue. That’s what I was getting at, don’t buy the hype w/ them this year bc the coach that has lost all those games is still there
     
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    That looks like a good prediction. I think Miami will go 9-7 and just miss out. The run defense is my real concern. Otherwise, the Dolphins look much better than what's being predicted right now.

    Pittsburgh may decline and I could see Houston challenging for their division.
     
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    I like Houston's chances as well. Could also see Baltimore beating out Pittsburgh.
     
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    In June, New England seems like a given. But, if Tom Brady goes down the Patriots might regret not taking one of the better quarterbacks in the draft. Then again, they'd probably still win 11 games. I take a shot at it.

    Division Winners
    New England
    Baltimore
    Houston
    Kansas City

    Wild Cards
    Pittsburgh
    Oakland

    In the mix
    Cincinnati
    Tennessee
    Miami
    San Diego
    Denver
     
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    Highly skeptical of Tennessee. Extremely, outrageously skeptical of that team.. I'll be pretty ****ing shocked if Mike Vrabel isn't a dumpster fire of a HC.
     
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    NE
    PIT
    JAX
    DEN

    Actually looking at potential wildcard teams, I feel better about the Dolphins' chances, nobody stands out to me

    MIA
    LAC
     
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    Patriots
    Steelers
    Jags
    Chargers

    WC- Miami , Raiders

    I think the west is way too close to really make a clear choice, and I'll be homerish and pick us as well, why not? We can make it. PLENTY of teams are gonna fighting for those 2 spots
     
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    The West has some teams who should play well. Well, enough, in fact, that the Div winner may be the only one from the West in the playoffs. The others may trade wins/losses enough to miss the cut.
     
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    I think the browns will probably win between 5 and 8 games this year and will embarrass a few teams while doing it. They are likely to be wildly unpredictable and that alone will make them dangerous. The last three years gave them enough time and enough draft positions to put a skill laden team on the field. It will be mostly up to the coaching this year.
     
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    I have to tell you...

    ...I *really* like Mayfield. He pretty much made Cowherd look silly today.
     

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