About a third of the way through the NFL season the AFC is in flux. The expected domination of the conference by the New England Patriots hasn’t occured. You can lay this off on the injury to Tom Brady but I’m beginning to wonder if it isn’t the inevitable fall from grace that keeps the league competitive. The Patriots defense isn’t racking up glory and the offense shouldn’t be this bad. A 30-10 loss to the San Diego Chargers is only the latest in what looks like a learning year for New England.
Right now the Buffalo Bills are looking like a playoff contender. True, last weeks loss to Arizona hurt that image but it might have been nullified by the Cardinals win over Dallas. Games against the San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, and the Patriots in the next month will give us a better feel for Buffalo’s long term outlook.
While the Tennesee Titans are the only undefeated team in the AFC at 5-0, the Indianapolis Colts found their game on Sunday with a blowout of the Baltimore Ravens. Getting back in sync with his receivers and staying there means the Colts will once again have a major say in the post-season picture. The Colts face a major test in the next four weeks with games against those same Titans, New England, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The Denver Broncos, who got off to a good start, have lost 2 out their last 3, one of those to an inferior Kansas City Chiefs team. Though leading the West at 4-2 you can’t help but feel that this is a team that should by all rights be 3-3 or even 2-4. As banged up as they are the Chargers could still win this division.