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AFC Power Rankings: OTA Edition

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Jan 07, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (14) attempts a pass against the Houston Texans during the second quarter of the 2011 AFC wild card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

 

 

Now that NFL OTAs are here with mandatory team activities coming up, we can begin to project who the best teams are in the AFC that the Bengals will be competing for playoff spots against and where they rank in the AFC pecking order:

 

16. Jaguars- With Blaine Gabbert as your starting Quarterback, you aren’t gonna win too many games.

15. Colts- Andrew Luck isn’t Peyton Manning (yet). He lacks pieces around him to succeed right away, so don’t expect him to give this team an additional six wins.

14. Raiders- Can’t really say they had a good draft because they gave away all their draft picks. Is the Terrell Pryor era getting ready to begin?!

13. Dolphins- Ryan Tannehill’s first year in the NFL and second full season as a Quarterback, he’ll play like it.

12. Browns- Reason the Browns struggled last year was because they were missing their star punter Reggie Hodges.

11. Titans- Without Chris Johnson being CHRIS JOHNSON, they won’t compete in the weak South division.

10. Bills- Bills obviously think they are a contender after the signing of Mario Williams, but playing the Jets and Patriots twice a year is no easy task.

9. Jets- Tebow will eventually take over the starting QB spot for the Jets. Not because Tebow is better, but because Sanchez is that bad.

8. Chiefs- New head coach Romeo Crennel will bring new life to this team, as he showed last year, and with the team getting back key players from injury they can compete in the West.

7. Chargers- Expecting a bounce back season from Phillip Rivers, but he is missing his favorite receiver, Vincent Jackson, when he signed with Tampa Bay

6. Steelers- Upgraded their offensive line and brought in Ken Whisenhunt to run the offense, who know what kind of numbers Roethlisberger could put up.

 

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  • robertethan1

    LOL, Gabbert was better than Dalton by the end of last season. Blaine is two years younger so the gap will get larger, not smaller. Gabbert is bigger, faster, smarter, and has a better arm. The only thing he didn’t have last season was A.J. Green. But this year he has Justin Blackmon which should be a bit help.

  • SeanOD

    @robertethan1 Definitely have to disagree on that one. Gabbert still hasn’t proven anything. Dalton put up the best rookie season in NFL history (20 TD’s, 13 int’s, 3,398 yds passing, 9-7 record, playoff birth). When Gabbert can do that, then you have an argument.

  • danpilar

     @robertethan1 Are you being serious? Dalton got to the playoffs and the pro bowl with a team that was projected to wins four games or less last season.