Chiefs, Steelers Top AFC, But Plenty Of Others Could Contend

Patrick Mahomes and Kansas City are already prominent. No surprise for the defending Super Bowl champions.

Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers are not undefined, but they are also on the verge of receiving the AFC playoff spot.

After that, well, there are plenty of other contenders, who may have something to say about the conference, which is just a top-heavy dossier.

Tennessee, Miami and Indianapolis are all 8-4 with Buffalo and Cleveland 9-3. They will be in the playoffs right now, with this season’s extended, seven-team format.

Baltimore and Las Vegas are still in the mix 7-5. And it is never prudent to count a Bill Bellich-coached team, especially New England with four wins in their last five games to get .500 at 6-6.

A division-by-division look at the AFC playoff race to be held in the final quarter of the season:

AFC East

Josh Allen and Biles could make a massive statement to take the Steelers home on Sunday night. The third-year quarterback has played his part in the MVP conversation and another impressive performance and a win would justify that discussion. This would put Buffalo well to its first division title since 1995.

But the dolphins are still swimming there with Bill. Miami and rookie quarterback Tua Tagoveloa are just one game behind Buffalo in the division race, but host the majors on Sunday. Still, there is a chance that the regular-season finale at Buffalo may end on January 3.

The Patriots have been the team with Tom Brady at quarterback for 11 straight years, but that streak appears to be in serious crisis. This is going on in the flock of ballistics, though: After a road game Thursday night against the Rams, New England’s final three are in the home division against rivals Miami, home vs. Buffalo and currently 0-12 New York Jets.

Afc north

The Steelers were cruising along the bus, giving those unsuspecting 72 dolphins something to think about when! The Washington football team upset any dream of perfection in Pittsburgh on Monday night, 23–17.

Now, winning the division is far from a certainty, especially with Baker Mayfield and the Browns on a four-game winning streak and what many expect to look like a fearsome squad. Pittsburgh still has a two-game lead and can win and lose in Baltimore with the Bros., but the division can land for both of them, which will likely be Chile Cleveland in the regular season finale.

Oh, and don’t forget about Baltimore, which may be out of the division race, but one game gets Lamar Jackson back COVID-19 Absenteeism and a 34–17 win over Dallas on Tuesday night resulted in a three-game skid. The Ravens hosted the Browns in the next, but then ended up with three straight opponents currently losing records: home vs. Jacksonville (1-11) and the New York Giants (5-7), and Cincinnati (2-9 -1).

AFC South

Tennessee and Indianapolis split their two regular season meetings and tied the fitting with the division with four games to play.

Ryan Tannehill and the Titans would find an easy road to victory for South which would be their first division title since 2008, with only one team remaining on their time with a winning record (Green Bay at 9-3). They also have: in Jacksonville, wrapping up the regular season at home vs. Detroit (5-7) and Houston (4-8).

Meanwhile, the Colts are the winners of three of their final four, the only losses during the homecoming stretch two weeks ago against the Titans. Phillip River will have a team to wrap things up in Las Vegas (7-5), Home vs. Houston, Pittsburgh, and Home vs. Jacksonville.

Texas interim coaches have been competitive under Romeo Crennel, going 4-4 ​​with Bill O’Brien after his 0-4 debut. They are still probably far behind, but they can make things interesting with games against Indy and Tennessee.

AFC West

The Chiefs earned a playoff berth last week and would have already garnered their fifth straight division title, if not for the bizarre play call from Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who led the Raiders to the final hawkish 28- Allows Sunday to pull from a 28 win.

Kansas City can handle its own business by winning (or tying) Sunday at the stadium in Miami, where the Chiefs won their first Super Bowl in 50 years in February. A loss (or tie) by the Raiders at home against Indianapolis would also give coach Andy Reid and his chiefs the division.

Las Vegas has been upside-down all season and had 5 seconds from staring at the three-game skid, an embarrassing loss to the lowly Jets. But fate and Williams’ zero blitz call intervened. John Gruden expects a knee injury to sprain from ankle and safety Jonathan Abrams to have Josh Jacobs running back soon, and the Raiders will probably need him to stay on the hunt.

The Broncos (4-8) and Chargers (3-9) could see a change in coaching after the season, but both could be impacted in the AFC playoff hunt as they face the Raiders once during the final stretch.


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