Ranking AFC Contenders Behind the Kansas City Chiefs
The terrain to get out of the NFC looks far more treacherous than last year, but the field of AFC contenders is getting weaker by the moment.
The Philadelphia Eagles are sitting in the top position in the NFC. If they can get to 14 wins, they should secure the two home game top seed scenario to advance to Vegas. Monday night’s matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs looks like a Super Bowl tune-up. The other AFC contenders are dropping like flies!
Let’s stack them in the likelihood of getting to Vegas.
Kansas City Chiefs (7-2)
They are the best team in the NFL until proven otherwise. They also now have a much easier potential path to Vegas. I think it is monumental that the Eagles send a message to Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. Do you want to see a team in Vegas that has that mental edge on you? I don’t.
Baltimore Ravens (8-3)
The Ravens look VERY legit, but the loss of star tight end and offensive glue guy Mark Andrews is a huge setback. Add in Lamar Jackson hobbling a bit with a twisted ankle, and it shows the Ravens are going to have to win with defense.
I think they can on the right day. If Lamar doesn’t show up big in the postseason again, I’m done hearing about him being an elite quarterback. It’s the AFC Championship Game or bust for this crew. They could be a dangerous Super Bowl matchup if they make it.
Jacksonville Jaguars (6-3)
Doug Pederson is a master of creativity, but his team is way too inconsistent. Their offense sputters when the line tries to protect Trevor Lawrence against a great defensive front. Oh yeah, the Eagles have one. Doug won’t beat his old club anytime soon in a Super Bowl.
Miami Dolphins (6-3)
Unfortunately for the Dolphins, they beat up on losing teams and can’t beat good teams. They love running up the score pretending to be legitimate. The Miami frauds don’t have what it takes to win a championship.
Pittsburgh Steelers (6-3)
The Steelers have a nice win total, but they are a negative 26 points in point differential. That is not sustainable. They also don’t have an offense that could trade scores with the Eagles. Here we go nowhere Steelers!
Cleveland Browns (6-3)
The Browns lost their quarterback Deshaun Watson for the season due to a shoulder injury last week. Jim Schwartz has done a fantastic job with their defense, but the offense looks like a pop gun. They have no chance to win three road games in the postseason.
Houston Texans (5-4)
C.J. Stroud looks like the real deal in Houston. Are they ready to beat the Eagles on a big stage in Vegas? No way. I don’t believe they would have a chance to win more than a wild card game if they made it in. Three road wins? Nope.
The NFC is ours for the taking.— 97.5 The Fanatic (@975TheFanatic) November 15, 2023
“If they win on Monday night, it would be really surprising if they didn’t close it out with the number one seed in the NFC. I think they’d have a strangle hold on the NFC.”
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