Tennessee interim head coach Mike Mularkey leads his 2-7 Titans to the place where his last head coaching venture ended, Jacksonville. Things started out well enough for the Titans in 2015, starting with the 42-14 stomping of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in which rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota had a record day. After that, nothing went right.
The Cincinnati Bengals are off to their best start in franchise history, sitting at 8-0 with a firm grasp on first place in the AFC North and now welcome the Houston Texans for a "Monday Night Football" tilt.
For the first time this season, Denver heads into a game trying to shake off the effects of a loss. The Broncos’ 27-24 loss to Indianapolis brought up some of the old doubts about their offense, not to mention the effectiveness of QB Peyton Manning, who threw two interceptions.
For the first time in a while, the Oakland Raiders and their fan base have a reason to be excited. After most experts predicted the team to finish in last place in the AFC West in 2015, the Raiders have a chance to make the playoffs this season.
This past offseason, the Miami Dolphins made a number of additions that had their fan base optimistic for the 2015 season. The club signed Ndamukong Suh to a six-year, $114 million contract and many people expected that the Dolphins would have one of the best defenses in the NFL, but that hasn’t been the case.
The AFC East title is already all but out of reach for Buffalo and the Jets as they convene in north Jersey — those Patriots look pretty good — but thanks to the NFL’s muddled middle of the road, a win by either team Thursday night could have a significant impact on the wild card race.