Thursday, September 6, 2018

AFC 2018 Win/Loss Predictions | Ticket King Inc.


(We pick up where T.J. Bryce left off, and ask him to make his 2018 AFC preditions.) 

As mentioned in my last post, I see two drastically different NFL conferences. The records may not show it at the end of the year, but the NFC is far stronger than the AFC, at least to begin 2018. In the NFC, all but about two teams are legitimate playoff contenders. Meanwhile, in the AFC, we have the Patriots, the Steelers, and a bunch of questions after that.

AFC

East
1. Patriots     13-3- The Patriots have been on top of this division forever. But for how long can Belichick and Brady keep this up? I know Brady wants to play forever, but nobody does, and father time will get him at some point, and soon.
2. Dolphins   6-10- The Miami Dolphins have tried several different coaching staffs and collections of players over the last five years or so. It may very well be time to wipe the slate clean, and start from zero, because it’s not working.
3. Bills          4-12- This draft was loaded with franchise quarterbacks, and the Bills got Wyoming’s Josh Allen. Now it’s time to see what he can do.
4. Jets           3-13- The Jets also got a franchise quarterback, Sam Darnold. But it won’t get them very far this year.

South
1. Titans       11-5- The Titans are the NFL’s hot up and coming team. They could very well be the future kings of the AFC. But could that happen this year?
2. Colts          8-8- Andrew Luck is healthy for the first time in two years. But that’s about it right now for this team.
3. Texans       8-8- I know Watson was having a great year last season before his torn ACL. But I want to know how he comes back from that, and how he plays now that teams have tape of him in a prostyle offense.
4. Jaguars      7-9- There is no way the Jaguars repeat 2017. Not a chance.

North
1. Steelers   13-3- Ben is determined to get the last laugh against the Patriots. That is why he came back for one more NFL season. Can he finally pull it off?
2. Ravens     8-8- The Ravens drafted the dynamic Lamar Jackson at the end of the round one, and he will sit behind Joe Flacco all season.
3. Browns    6-10- The Browns turned their entire roster over this season. Before we crown them division champions, let's see them finish somewhere other than last place for the first time since, well, Columbus discovered the new world.
4. Bengals   4-12- Two years ago the Bengals had the best roster in the league. Now they are a mess. Oh how far the mighty have fallen.

West
1. Raiders   10-6- This team had the wrong collection of something or other, so they made changes this offseason, including bringing in Jon Gruden as their new head coach. Maybe Gruden can settle everybody down in that locker room.
2. Chiefs      8-8- Pat Mahomes takes over for the departed Alex Smith. We know that Mahomes has a huge arm, and we will see just how much Andy Reid’s staff has polished his mechanics.
3. Chargers  7-9- This is the NFL’s ultimate renegade bunch. This is a 7-9 team.
4. Broncos   3-13- The Broncos were the NFL’s luckiest bunch a few years ago on their way to the Super Bowl. Now, that luck is gone, and they are just a bad team.

AFC Playoffs
Seeds: 1. Steelers 2. Patriots 3. Titans 4. Raiders 5. Colts 6. Chiefs

Wild Card Weekend
Titans vs. Chiefs- Pat Mahomes playoff debut doesn’t go well, and the Titans pick up an easy victory 31-17.

Raiders vs. Colts- This will not be a very fast-paced game, but it is one the Raiders will win 20-16.

Divisional Playoff Weekend
Steelers vs. Raiders- The high-octane Steelers will overpower the Raiders and waltz to a 34-17 victory.

Patriots vs. Titans- This will be a much better game than most people think. The Titans are slowly getting better each year and each week. They ALMOST get the Patriots, taking the lead late, before Tom Brady marches the Patriots down the field for the game-winning touchdown and the 34-30 win.

Conference Championship
Steelers vs. Patriots- Alright Ben. Here you go. One more crack at these Patriots. This might be your last one as well. 31-27 Steelers.