AFC Articles

Peyton Manning
It wasn’t just a bad day at the office. For the Broncos, Super Bowl XLVIII was a painful reality check, one that convinced them that all the offense in the world doesn’t necessarily translate to being the best team on the planet....
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Bill Belichick
While the Patriots were among the NFL’s elite in 2013 with a 12–4 record and No. 2 seed in the AFC, they were clearly a notch below the Seahawks, Broncos and 49ers. Have they done enough in the offseason to get back into the Super Bowl...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Andrew Luck
If the Indianapolis Colts are guilty of anything the past two seasons, it’s that they’ve won too fast since being resurrected. Eleven wins in each regular season and a playoff victory over Kansas City in January erased memories of the 2...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Keenan Allen
Expectations are high in San Diego after the Chargers rallied to return to the playoffs following a three-year absence. Fans mostly like what they see in coach Mike McCoy and GM Tom Telesco, who took over after Norv Turner and A.J. Smith were fired...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Andy Dalton
Three straight trips to the playoffs have produced nothing but disappointment, topped by last January’s 27–10 loss at home against San Diego. The Bengals have improved their record each of the last three regular seasons, going from 9...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Ray Rice
Instead of dismissing a substandard season as an aberration, the Ravens have devoted considerable resources to trying to regain their former status as an annual playoff squad. One year after winning the Super Bowl, the Ravens missed the playoffs,...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Andy Reid
The “nuclear” option — removing Scott Pioli as general manager and Romeo Crennel as coach and jettisoning the entire stable of quarterbacks — turned the Kansas City Chiefs into Godzilla in 2013, a Cinderella with teeth. The...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Le’Veon Bell
Mike Tomlin all but reached for a red challenge flag before interrupting a question on the Steelers trying to return to the playoffs after consecutive 8–8 seasons. “Getting to the postseason is not my goal,” the Steelers head...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Indianapolis Colts
The AFC South was the only division in the NFL last season with three teams that finished with a losing record. Reigning division champion Indianapolis went 11-5, while Houston, Jacksonville and Tennessee combined for a 13-35 mark. With the Texans...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Jake Locker
The Tennessee Titans are turning the page to a new chapter in franchise history. The 2014 season marks the first year since the Houston Oilers franchise was founded in 1960 that K.S. “Bud” Adams will not be calling the shots. The...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
New England Patriots
Winners of 10 of the last 11 division titles, the AFC East has been dominated by New England ever since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady joined forces in 2001. This is not expected to change in 2014 either, not with Darrelle Revis joining the secondary...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Rex Ryan
The Jets have missed the playoffs for three straight seasons — during which time they’ve gone 8–8, 6–10 and 8–8 again last season — but owner Woody Johnson and general manager John Idzik decided to bring coach...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Sammy Watkins
Many NFL teams adopt a “playoffs or bust’’ mentality, but how many actually live it? With the franchise for sale and its future uncertain following the death of team founder Ralph C. Wilson Jr., in March, the Buffalo Bills seem to...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Arian Foster
There are collapses, and then there are the 2013 Texans, whose supposed offseason fine-tuning of the roster disintegrated into 14 consecutive losses and the NFL’s worst record at 2–14. Head coach Gary Kubiak didn’t survive to...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
For the first time in five seasons, the AFC North sent just one team to the playoffs in 2013. Cincinnati is the reigning division champion, but Baltimore and Pittsburgh both have won Super Bowl titles within the last six seasons. Can the Bengals...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Ryan Tannehill
Coming off one of the more eventful 8–8 seasons in recent memory, the Miami Dolphins hope they are ready to make more of their news on the field. Dogged by an embarrassing bullying scandal that put them in the national spotlight while taking...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Johnny Manziel
The Cleveland Browns are new again. Come Opening Day, they’ll have their third head coach in three years, their sixth different Opening Day quarterback in seven years and a new team playing under a new regime. The second full season under the...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Denver Broncos
Besides being home to the AFC champions, the AFC West was the only division in the NFL last season with three playoff teams. Denver is a legitimate Super Bowl contender again this season, but what about fellow postseason participants Kansas City...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Cecil Shorts
Phase 1 for the regime of general manager Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley in Jacksonville was about survival, attempting to cobble together a roster last year that would avoid being totally outclassed. And the Jaguars did stay upright —...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Dennis Allen
General manager Reggie McKenzie spent his first two seasons in Oakland cutting high-salaried players and getting the Raiders out of salary cap hell. The Raiders entered free agency this year with around $65 million in cap space, and McKenzie...
Athlon Sports
10 months ago
Ray Rice
In light of Ray Rice’s recent two-game suspension for his part in an altercation that ended with the decorated Baltimore Raven carelessly dragging his unconscious then-fiancée - now wife – Janay Palmer out of a New Jersey casino...
Evan Buhler
11 months ago
Peyton Manning
It’s No. 1 vs. No. 2 when the Denver Broncos host the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game at 3 p.m. ET on CBS. John Fox’s Broncos (14-3) erased last season’s playoff disappointment by beating the Chargers in the...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
Peyton Manning
Division rivals meet for the third time this season when the San Diego Chargers take on the Denver Broncos in this afternoon’s AFC Divisional Playoff game at 4:40 p.m. ET on CBS. Philip Rivers and the Chargers (10-7) upset the Bengals in last...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
Marvin Lewis
The Cincinnati Bengals will try and snap a 23-year playoff victory drought when they host the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Wild Card game at 1:05 p.m. ET on CBS. The Bengals (11-5) won the AFC North and are in the playoffs for the third straight...
Mark Ross
1 year ago
Andrew Luck
The 2013 NFL playoffs will kick off Saturday with a Week 16 rematch when the Kansas City Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts square off in the AFC Wild Card game at 4:35 p.m. ET on NBC. Andy Reid’s Chiefs (11-5) should be at near full strength for...
Mark Ross
1 year ago

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