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    AFC starting to take shape



    Denver.
    ...
    Everyone else.



    Outside of Denver, right now not too many scary teams out there in the AFC. And i think they may also be overrated too...

    Baltimore, Houston, KC, NE, Indy, Cincy all have some deficiencies but should be in the AFC playoff hunt come the end of the seaosn.

    The comeback was great against SD...for a change, but Houston has the greatest overhyped players in the league. Great talent that absolutley shrivels when the going gets tough. My guess is Johnson, Foster and Schaub will continue to be underwhelming this year.

    KC is an unknown with Andy reid now at the helm. It was Jax, but they appear to be playing for him...Old Chiefs would not have done that. Is this defense for real?

    NE's WRs looked pathetic last night, but that should improve if/when they get back Gronk and Amendola. Keeping them healthy is another story.

    Indy looks promising, but you can't put yourself in those tough must-come-back situations during playoff time.

    Cincy- more of the same. Great talent, but whether it's the Red Rifle or Marvin, they just can't seem to get over the hump. Seem to lack mental toughness.




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    Re: AFC starting to take shape

    I dont think its much different than I expected. I thought Denver would once again rise to the top, as I thought they were the best team last year. Changes nothing, and clearly the best team doesnt always win once in the playoffs. Houston will be in the mix, as will NE with their inferior division. Even Denver as bad as they beat us still showed some things teams can take advantage of going forward. Theyre the pace setter right now, but i wouldnt be "scared" to face them again.
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    Re: AFC starting to take shape

    No offense, but every one of these teams other than New England have only played once. I'm not sure how anyone can ascertain anything from one week? If we were going by the first week, the Ravens certainly wouldn't look to be in the mix. It's just my opinion, however I feel after 4 or 5 weeks, everything then will begin to take shape. ( And maybe not even then )




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    I can't place too much value on week 1 results. They are often a mirage.
    The two things that look certain so far is 1) the strength of NYJ's run defense, and 2) the impact of #87 for NE.
    Back to the AFCCG we go. So get ready!

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    Re: AFC starting to take shape

    While I respect your right to start any kind of thread don't you think the thread title is a little misleading? Maybe "Week 1" observations would have been more appropriate? It's way too early to say anything is taking shape after only 1 week of football.




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    Re: AFC starting to take shape

    Quote Originally Posted by JAB1985 View Post
    I dont think its much different than I expected. I thought Denver would once again rise to the top, as I thought they were the best team last year. Changes nothing, and clearly the best team doesnt always win once in the playoffs. Houston will be in the mix, as will NE with their inferior division. Even Denver as bad as they beat us still showed some things teams can take advantage of going forward. Theyre the pace setter right now, but i wouldnt be "scared" to face them again.
    Denver peaking in September only does them so much good, as opposed to peaking in January.




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    Re: AFC starting to take shape

    It's been one week. I would be surprised if by Week 10 the Patriots offense isn't clicking with a healthy Gronk, healthy Amendola, and more experience for their young WRs. Granted given Gronk and Amendola's injury histories, those are "ifs", but all those things combined put them on the same level as Denver, if not better, since Brady doesn't fold like an accordion in the playoffs (unless he plays us or the Giants).

    Odd thread IMO. The Colts had to come from behind to beat the Raiders and KC beat what is probably the worst team in the league in Jax, but they are playoff contenders? The Titans beat the Steelers pretty soundly, why not include them? Buffalo played NE tough and lost in the final seconds, why not include them? I guess I don't get this kind of thread after one week of the season. So much can happen even in just the next 3-4 weeks. That'd be a better time to evaluate how the AFC is shaping up.




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    Re: AFC starting to take shape

    Quote Originally Posted by BigPlayReceiver View Post
    I can't place too much value on week 1 results. They are often a mirage.
    The two things that look certain so far is 1) the strength of NYJ's run defense, and 2) the impact of #87 for NE.
    Agreed. Every year there are teams that peak early and trail off late. And teams that start slow and get hot late. We won't know the real contenders are until there are 3 or 4 games left in the season.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Corey View Post
    Agreed. Every year there are teams that peak early and trail off late. And teams that start slow and get hot late. We won't know the real contenders are until there are 3 or 4 games left in the season.
    So we should just stop talking about it until then?




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    Re: AFC starting to take shape

    Quote Originally Posted by palukaraven View Post
    No offense, but every one of these teams other than New England have only played once. I'm not sure how anyone can ascertain anything from one week? If we were going by the first week, the Ravens certainly wouldn't look to be in the mix. It's just my opinion, however I feel after 4 or 5 weeks, everything then will begin to take shape. ( And maybe not even then )
    ^^^ this ^^^

    I wouldn't even be surprised if Denver loses in NY this weekend and the Ravens beat Cleveland. Both teams could be 1-1 and last Thursdsay will be a distant memory.




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    Re: AFC starting to take shape

    Quote Originally Posted by mfdoom42 View Post
    So we should just stop talking about it until then?
    Yes. Come back in January




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    Re: AFC starting to take shape

    Quote Originally Posted by mfdoom42 View Post
    So we should just stop talking about it until then?
    Nope. Anyone can talk about it anytime they want. Waiting for 3-4 weeks into the season is just another perspective on the thread topic. There's no right and wrong here, just opinions.




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