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2014-2015 AFC Predictions

2014-2015 AFC Predictions

AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers: 10-6 

Ryan Shazier will bring much needed speed to an aging LB core. Big Ben and Antonio Brown lit it up at the end of the season last year and they were one of the hottest teams to close out the season.The only thing holding this team back from playoff success could be that secondary. 

Cincinnati Bengals: 9-7

This team should be competing for a Super Bowl every year instead they will continue to fall with Andy Dalton. They lost Mike Zimmer to the Vikings which will be a huge blow to that defense, I can see them even going a 7-9 honestly. 

Baltimore Ravens: 7-9

Raven fans got their Super Bowl ring a couple of years ago but at what cost? They singed Joe Flacco to one of the most outrageous deals of all time for a..well bad QB. The team will continue to decline with Flacco as their guy and Ray Rice had a terrible year mainly due to a very bad O-line that wasn't addressed at all in the off season.

Cleveland Browns: 6-10

Oh man what did Cleveland do in that draft. Passing up on the best offensive rookie in Sammy Watkins to only find out they may lose Gordon for the whole year and still not draft a WR. That defense will be one of the best in the league but if Gordon doesnt play Manziel will have a tough time in his first year. I had this team winning this division before the draft. I had them taking Watkins and Bridgewater and obviously I didnt think Gordon would be facing a year ban. This team is loaded with talent, if Gordon plays and Manziel does well, they can still compete in this division which inst very strong.

AFC South

Indianapolis Colts: 12-4

I like the pick up of Nicks for Andrew Luck if he can stay healthy he will be a great red zone target. The division is weak and there really isn't much to say here, its hard to see any other AFC South team dethroning the Colts this year. 

Houston Texans: 8-8

They need to just start Tom Savage on day one and begin to groom him as an NFL QB. They have created one of the scariest D-lines with Watt, Clowney and Nix. I believe this team will make a vast improvement and Savage will be a decent QB in the future. 

Jacksonville Jaguars: 7-9

The Jaguars have finally found their man. Blake Bortles will change this franchise. He was by far the best talent in the draft for QB's and I believe that after this season the Jags will start to become a PLAYOFF CONTENDER. That was hard to write. 

Tennessee Titans: 3-13

Is it going to be Jake Locker or Zach Mettenberger? It wont matter for this season, this will be a long year for Titan fans. They will be adjusting to a new defensive scheme and trying to find out who will be their QB for the future.

AFC East

New England Patriots: 14-2

Revis is an upgrade to Talib,  who always bails out in big games due to some injury. The Patriots to me are the best team in the AFC and maybe the entire NFL if one man can stay healthy. Rob the Super Bowl is on you. 

Miami Dolphins: 8-8

 This season will be all about continuing to grow Tannehill into a franchise QB. Their schedule will be very rough and I really don't see how they win anymore than 8 games here. They are in the right direction and had a solid draft but expect about the same season as last year. 

Buffalo Bills: 6-10

Sammy Watkins will be a star in this league, the only question is EJ the man here. If he is this team will be competitive in the years to come. They needed that offensive play maker and they definitely got him with Watkins. This team could surprise a lot of teams this year.  

New York Jets: 4-12

Pick your poison Vick or Smith? Ryan will be gone after this year and go back to being a D-Coach where he has always belonged. I just don't see where the offense will come from, the defense will always be a solid group due to Ryan but the lack of offense will hold this team down to the bottom of the league. 

AFC West

Denver Broncos: 13-3

The division is relatively weak so they will roll to another division title. I feel like this team will be a little like the Heat, they will glide through the season waiting to get back to the playoffs. This time they will not get by the Patriots, and I wouldn't be shocked if they were knocked out in their first playoff game this year. Manning just cant be trusted in the post season, there isn't much more to say.

San Diego Chargers: 10-6

I like this team a lot. Keenan Allen is going to be a star and Ive said it since day one. Rivers had an amazing year last year and I think for once we finally see something he has been lacking. Consistency. The defense is average at best but if they can get Ryan Matthews around 300 carries this year they will be shaped for success. 

Kansas City Chiefs: 7-9

A lot of luck contributed to that fast and exciting start for the Chiefs last season. They didn't do anything to help them out on the offense and that was clearly their biggest issue. The only way they can compete for the playoffs is if they have a repeat of that fortuitous defense they had last season. I just don't see it. The true question they will need to answer this season is if Alex Smith is worth giving a big deal to.

                                                                                                                                                Oakland Raiders: 4-12

They had a very good draft and picked up some good veterans in the off season but they also have one of the hardest schedules in the NFL. It will be a tough rebuilding season but they have brought in some really good pieces for the future. Raider fans can only hope Carr is their man.