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Sep 19, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) scrambles in the second quarter of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports


Chiefs 26, Eagles 16

Chiefs: This team is for real and will be relevant in December.

Eagles: Exciting to watch, but Michael Vick and LeSean McCoy will not last 16 games in this offense.


Bengals 34, Packers 30

Bengals: A tremendously talented yet flawed team.

Packers: An amazing QB surrounded by an injured team and a mediocre at best defense.


Cowboys 31, Rams 7

Cowboys: Good enough to win the NFC East and that is about it.

Rams: A perfectly average Jeff Fischer team.


Titans 20, Chargers 17

Titans: Good enough to beat a team that doesn’t play their best, but not good enough to win a playoff game.

Chargers: A prototypical 7-9 team.


Browns 31, Vikings 27

Browns: A train wreck of an organization (regardless of their victory).

Vikings: Too heavy for Peterson to carry.


Patriots 23, Buccaneers 3

Patriots: Good enough to beat inferior teams and win the AFC East, but not a Super Bowl contender.

Buccaneers: A car wreck disguise as a football team in really cool jerseys.

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  • CincinnatiMike

    Very succinct analysis! Kudos…when looking at the playoffs it is already clear that there is only going to be one slot – the division winner – going to the playoffs this year from the AFCN. The Dolphins are playing solid (and winning) football and even if they don’t unseat the Patriots- will challenge for a playoff spot. Tennessee (as you said,good enough to make the playoffs though not win there) and Indianapolis (who are those guys?) are not waiting for anyone to develop. These two teams are already staking claims to slots behind Houston (still the favorite). And 3-0 Kansas City is clearly in the hunt for this year’s revival team of the year and has the talent to challenge behind shoe-in division favorite Denver. That’s four teams aside from either the Bengals or Ravens trying to snag 2 wild cards. Not including Pittsburgh (afraid to count them out, but can they really be anything more than a spoiler now?). Waiting in the wings for lightening to strike are the Bills, Jets and San Diego (although I just can’t take the Jets seriously). Every one of those teams along with the frontrunners in each division has an easier schedule than the Bengals, with the exception of the Dolphins. Denver, SD, KC and the Colts have 4 of the 5 EASIEST schedules in all of football. Houston, Buffalo and the Titans round out the ten EASIEST schedules with the Steelers knocking on the door at #11. So to summarize – there is no second place in the AFCN this season.