The AFC has a team on the verge of a dynasty, while others aim to defy it. With a lot of teams going into win-now mode, it is a frenetic conference.
In the last two years, the Kansas City Chiefs have won the AFC Conference Title. It seems that the AFC might be the Chiefs’ for the taking once again.
Watching this, the Buffalo Bills, the Baltimore Ravens, the Cleveland Browns, and many more made moves to ensure the Chiefs lose their crown.
It’s easier said than done, of course, but this is the NFL, anything can happen. Will someone be able to stop them? Let’s have a look.
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As we’ve seen, the Chiefs have been to the last three AFC Championship games and won the last two. Nevertheless, other AFC teams have made strong moves to challenge Patrick Mahomes and company.
Let’s hop into the favorites and the contenders for the AFC.
Kansas City Chiefs – With a potential dynasty in their hands, Mahomes and the Chiefs are the NFL’s best offense. Andy Reid has established himself as the NFL’s top coach and has a trustworthy coordinator’s team.
Kansas City is a well-oiled machine. Their TE, Travis Kelce, was second in receiving yards last year. Their star wideout, Tyreek Hill, was second in receiving TDs. The Chiefs are the team to beat. Their talent is supreme.
Buffalo Bills – The Bills came real close to getting to the Super Bowl. They lost the AFC Championship game last season. Buffalo made even more improvements to their squad, knowing that now is the window to win it all.
Josh Allen is an MVP contender. His receiving corp is absolute fire. Stefon Diggs had the most receiving yards in the league. Imagine what second-season chemistry can do. Their run game might need improvement, but the Bills don’t rely on it to be a contender in the AFC
The Bills’ defense has too much talent. One of the best secondaries led by elite CB Tre’Davious White, and a fearful front seven with plenty of pass-rushing talent. Buffalo has both sides covered to the highest of levels. They can definitely pose a threat to the Chiefs.
Baltimore Ravens – Based on a solid defense and an elite rushing offense, the Ravens have a solid plan every Sunday. The questions over the Ravens were answered this offseason.
They know they’ve been unidimensional; they went out on a wide receiver shopping spree. Sammy Watkins and Rashod Bateman join TE Mark Andrews to boost the passing offense. The Ravens should improve vastly in that regard.
As for their defense, they have a great cornerback duo in Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters. The front seven sees solid veterans like Derek Wolfe and Calais Campbell taking the helm. Meanwhile, players like LB Patrick Queen continue to develop into top-tier talent.
Cleveland Browns – With Coach of the Year Kevin Stefanski, the Browns’ road to the Super Bowl looks better and better. They have the best RB duo in the league, a stud receiving corp, an elite offensive line, and a boosted defense. The Browns have all the tools to cause a major impact in the AFC.
Myles Garrett is a superstar defensive end and will have additional support in his pass-rushing duties with the arrival of Jadeveon Clowney. They also strengthened their secondary, which was a liability at times last year.
On offense, the biggest news is the return of WR Odell Beckham Jr. If the diva wideout remains with his feet on the ground, he can have a stellar season. The Browns are getting the respect their roster deserves.
Tennessee Titans – The Titans’ offense is so stacked it’s hard to believe they won’t score 30 points per game. Ryan Tannehill proved himself as a reliable QB. Tennessee’s RB Derrick Henry is the best at what he does. And they have the best WR duo in the whole league. AJ Brown and Julio Jones will wreak havoc.
Their defense is not good but should be better than last year’s. Bringing EDGE Bud Dupree to better the pass rush is a big deal. Also, having new CBs like Janoris Jenkins and Caleb Farley should boost this defense. They are a solid team.
Indianapolis Colts – Oh, the Colts. All you need is for QB Carson Wentz to deliver and you could be a top 3 team in the AFC. But they took the biggest gamble of all with Wentz.
His receivers are not elite but are all decent. T. Y. Hilton is their best man downfield, but prospects like Michael Pittman Jr. or Parris Campbell can make their names known.
Even if he’s not what he once was, the Colts are a really good team all-around, and their defense is high-quality.
Playmakers like DT DeForest Buckner, rookie DE Kwity Paye, and LB Darius Leonard are just a few to make sure you don’t score on them easily. The Colts will make a big noise.
Los Angeles Chargers – The AFC dark horse. New HC Brandon Staley has a gigantic task in hand—don’t crash the Ferrari. This team is as talented as a team can be, and past HC Anthony Lynn did everything to blow it.
Now, with a much-improved offensive line, QB Justin Herbert and RB Austin Ekeler will ball out. This means his WRs Keenan Allen and Mike Williams, alongside TE Jared Cook, should have a big year.
Their defense should also get better, and this team is one to watch in all facets of the game. Joey Bosa is elite, and has prospects like LB Kenneth Murray. Downfield, Derwin James is a solid safety who needs to stay healthy. If he does, he is a game-changer.
Miami Dolphins – Off of a 10-win season, the Dolphins are keen on making it to the playoffs this year. With them giving QB Tua Tagovailoa the keys of the kingdom, it’s his time to prove he belongs.
Tua was very shy of letting his arm go in his rookie season. He played it too safe. That won’t cut it in the AFC. Miami gave him good weapons like WRs Will Fuller and Jaylen Waddle to boost his confidence when throwing.
Miami has the defense and the offensive personnel to be a postseason team, they proved it last year. The entire team is aiming for a playoff berth and staying out would be a massive fail.
New England Patriots – If Bill Belichick ever went crazy in free agency, you should be scared, or at least intrigued. Oh wait, Bill just did. The Patriots brought pretty much every key free agent they wanted.
The only concern—and it’s a big one—is what will they do with their QBs? Will it be Cam Newton or rookie Mac Jones at the end? Both signal-callers have completely opposite skill sets. It’s a real question mark as to how the Pats will play.
Denver Broncos – Denver has a lot of good, promising players. Also, one of the most known home-field advantages. However, they are the third-best team in their division. They have punctual flaws that can cause them major harm.
Not having a reliable quarterback is a big problem. Neither Drew Lock nor Teddy Bridgewater will get you to the promised land. Also, HC Vic Fangio is on the hot seat, Denver either gets to the playoffs or some changes will come to the Mile-High franchise.
Pittsburgh Steelers – Last season, the Steelers were 11-0 before collapsing before our very eyes. It was simple, they had the worst running offense in the league. This caused veteran QB Ben Roethlisberger to throw so much his arm was falling off.
For reasons unknown, the Steelers saw their O-Line dismantled. Between retirements and others not being re-signed, the Steelers shot themselves in the foot.
They drafted the best RB in this class, but now they have no one to open holes for Najee Harris to exploit. It’s a weird season for the Steelers, who once again depend on their defense to achieve something.
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1. Go into your sportsbook and log into your account.
2. Click on the NFL odds tab.
3. Get into the ‘Team Futures’ tab.
4. Click on ‘Conference Winner’.
5. Go to the AFC and select your team.
6. Place your bet from the bet slip tab appearing on the right side of the screen.