PRODUCT COMPONENTS gets down to the NUTS and BOLTS of the 2018 NFL Season with their annual “predictions”!
Today: the AFC!
Monday: the NFC!
AFC EAST (Predicted order of finish):
New England Patriots (11-5)
New York Jets (10-6)
Miami Dolphins (3-13)
Buffalo Bills (2-14)
Surprise! The Patriots survive yet another turbulent off-season to win yet another AFC East crown! And… Surprise! The Jets win almost as many games as the Pats! While Tony Romo and Josh Norman do not a consensus make – Sam Darnold is nevertheless going to be good enough to guide the J-E-T-S through a creampuff schedule – including a Week 15 win vs. the Texans that eventually puts them (gasp!) in the playoffs! The Fins gutted their O and D lines, the addition of Robert Quinn notwithstanding. The Bills put all their eggs in the Josh Allen basket. It’s going to be a very messy basket.
Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5)
Baltimore Ravens (10-6)
Cincinnati Bengals (6-10)
Cleveland Browns (4-12)
Yawn… the Steelers and Ravens smashmouth it out at the top with re-signed (PIT) and re-stocked (BAL) offenses, albeit led by two creaky QBs on the Pot of Gold side of the Rainbow. The Bengals are possibly the most nondescript team in the NFL, while most of the divisional attention is going to the “Hard Knock” Browns – who will win as many games this season (4) as in the last THREE seasons combined.
Jacksonville Jaguars (11-5)
Houston Texans (10-6)
Tennessee Titans (9-7)
Indianapolis Colts (5-11)
Jalen Ramsey puts his money where his (very big) mouth is, and Blake Bortles – fresh off a 2017 where he had success and support – turns into this century’s Phil Simms. The Texans get all their pieces back but just barely miss the playoffs. The Titans are the 80s Milwaukee Bucks: play hard, winning record – but perennially middle of the pack. The Colts are just so wide-eyed about having Andrew Luck back, they don’t care about the inevitable double digits in the L column.
San Diego Chargers (11-5)
Denver Broncos (6-10)
Kansas City Chiefs (5-11)
Oakland Raiders (4-12)
Not a typo: we still refuse to call them the “L.A.” Chargers – and whatever you wanna call ’em, they have improved enough on both sides of the ball to carry Philip Rivers to (possibly) an Elway-like ending. Though the Broncos upgraded at QB and still have that stingy D, they have an unmercifully tough schedule. Remember the show “Growing Pains”? That will be the 2018 Chiefs, as the overhauled team watches QB Patrick Mahomes struggle. And they won’t be the Vegas Raiders until 2020, but the Oakland Raiders – gazillionaire coach and all – are already acting like the departing roommate who won’t do the dishes anymore: Lame!
(WILDCARD) The Chargers (3rd seed) defeat the upstart Jets (6); the Ravens (5) signal the beginning of the end of the Brady-Belichick era by deflating – um, we’re sorry – defeating the Patriots (4); (DIVISIONAL) the Steelers (1) win a typical grudge match against the hated Ravens; Ol’ Man Rivers leads the Chargers (3) to an upset vs. the (still figuring out how to deal with success) Jaguars (2); (CHAMPIONSHIP) While two ancient QBs battle to stay upright, the STEELERS are overwhelmed by too much youthful enthusiasm from the … AFC CHAMPION LOS ANGELES CHARGERS.
(Okay, we lied about the San Diego thing.)
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