Nfl Tickets – Afc Contenders
Here are the teams that I could see potentially representing the AFC in the Super Bowl as of Nov. 10 of the 2010 NFL season:
Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens might be the most complete team in the AFC. There is no clear-cut favorite in the conference right now, but I’d say Baltimore is the closest thing. Joe Flacco isn’t having the breakout season a lot of people predicted he would, but he’s been steady and solid. Ray Rice got off to a slow start, but has really come on over the last month of the season. The team is starting to get Rice more involved in the passing game, similarly to how they did in 2009, which should help the team move the ball going forward.
The defense has been suspect at times, especially in the secondary, but the team seems to have addressed that deficiency during their bye week. After giving up more than 30 points to the lowly Buffalo Bills before their bye, the Ravens returned to shut down Chad Henne and the Miami Dolphins in Week 9.
Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers are 3-1 with Ben Roethlisberger, but they were also 3-1 without him. Big Ben is definitely the best quarterback on the team’s roster, but I think they’ve gotten away from running the ball a bit too much since his return. As a result, the team has squeaked out wins against the Dolphins and Bengals and lost to the Saints. Rashard Mendenhall should be the focal point of this offense, though the team will need to address their offensive line woes. Mendenhall was forced to consistently make something out of nothing against Cincinnati. As long as the defense plays well, though, this team has a shot.
Indianapolis Colts: The Colts have me a little worried right now, as the final score of the 26-24 loss to the Eagles doesn’t really reflect how Philadelphia dominated Indianapolis in Week 9. The Colts have experienced a myriad of injuries, which might end up being just too much for this team to overcome. They really need to get Joseph Addai back so that opposing defenses are forced to respect the run again.
Tennessee Titans: The Titans could be the favorite in the AFC South. With the Colts struggling, Tennessee looks to be on the rise in the wake of their acquisition of wide receiver Randy Moss. Moss will bring a legitimate deep threat to Tennessee, and the timing couldn’t be any better with Kenny Britt missing time with an injury. This defense is a tough, aggressive unit that has played well in the bulk of the team’s games in 2010. Chris Johnson has to be more effective running the ball.
New York Jets: I’m not so sure the Jets have what it takes quite yet, but the conference is so wide open that I had to include them. They’ll only go as far a Mark Sanchez takes them, but he played very well in the postseason last year. The running game appears to be fading a bit, and we might see more of Shonn Greene as a result, but it’s clear that the defense is not capable of carrying this team they way it did last season.
New England Patriots: This is another team that I’m skeptical of but felt compelled to include. The offense doesn’t have the ability to sell NFL tickets the way it once did, but that’s not the only thing that’s been affected by the Randy Moss trade. Wes Welker just doesn’t look like the same player without Moss around and the Patriots are coming off an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Cleveland Browns.
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