AFC North

Hate Bowl I

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  1. WHO DEstiny says:

    I couldn’t agree more. I hate both teams and am glad the 2012-13 season is now officially in the books.
    Bye bye Ray! Party hard, I hope you don’t kill too many people tonight.

    moving forward:
    2013-14 early AFC predictions (hours after the end of the 2013 super bowl):

    The ELITE teams:
    HOU, NE, BALT, DEN (*there are your preseason near unanimous picks for division champs next year)

    The VERY GOOD but not quite elite teams:
    IND, CIN, +/- PIT

    The GOOD to MEDIOCRE tier:
    SD, MIA, +/- PIT, +/- TEN, +/- CLE, +/- BUF

    The DISASTER tier:
    OAK, KC, JAX, NYJ, +/- TEN, +/- CLE, +/- BUF

    My thoughts:
    AFCW: DEN will have best record. Peyton will tear thru that weak-ass division. SD will be about .500, could compete for wild card. KC will rebuild. OAK is an absolute mess.

    AFCE: NE will win division easily. BUF will compete for wild card but probably won’t make it. MiA will be just shy of 0.500. NYJ will wish they fired Ryan this year.

    AFCS: Houston and IND are close, they probably split head-to-head and the division race is close. I think HOU ultimately wins out. IND will be a wild card. TEN will struggle again and basically tread water. Don’t draft C. Johnson in fantasy ball. JAX rebuilds.

    AFCN: Got to give BAL the edge in the division b/c they just won the super bowl but hard to say how they do without Ray Ray. They won’t get a first-round bye (just like this year). CIN should do better next year than this year as so many guys will be playing for contracts. Huge getting both coordinators back. The bar is set high in the ‘Nati. CIN could take the division – they almost did this year despite some bad losses early on. I look for CIN to be much more consistent this coming year. Hard to imagine PIT struggling again next year but it could very well happen. Age is not being kind to the Steelers. I think they miss the playoffs again. CLE will actually improve, however you can improve in the AFCN and still finish last.

    I guess at the end of the day, I don’t see next years’ playoff field looking much different than this years.

    AFCE: 1 team, NE
    AFCW: 1 team, DEN
    AFCN: 2 teams, BAL and CIN. BAL is the early favorite for division champ, but I could certainly see CIN taking it.
    AFCS: 2 teams, HOU and IND. I can’t see IND knocking of HOU, at least not yet anyway.

    Next teams out of playoffs: BUF, SD, MIA

  2. LennyRL says:

    I agree with you guys. My big hope is that we make it through the draft with some great picks to fill some of our holes and loses to free agency.