AFC Playoff projections

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You might think your team has a chance to make the playoffs, well they don’t. Here’s my AFC Playoff projections.

AFC Playoff Projections

AFC Teams that have no chance for the playoffs
AFC East
BF Traded away the only QB that got them into the playoffs in 17 years 0 chance to get to playoffs
MI Have a WR playing QB. ENOUGH SAID.
NJ They were 5-11 and have a D that has aged out.
AFC North
CL The team is better but still not good enough to get into the playoffs. 0-16 last year
CN RV Dalton has not led CN to a win in the playoffs in his career. He won’t this year either.
AFC South This is the most competitive division in the AFC.
IN Luck is back but the D, OL and run game are no better.
TN Marcus Mariota and the DBS are the issue that will keep TN out of the playoffs.
AFC West
DV Even Case Keenum won’t make up for a bad DB and a bad DL.
KC The combination of a bad HC and a new QB keeps KC out of the play offs.
OK Derek Carr and the D will keep OK out of the playoffs this year,
Teams that are IN.
NE Great to play in a very weak division.
PT The D is a problem but the passing and running games will score a lot of points.
Bubble but likely in
JK The D gets JK into the playoffs with a little help from the OL & Foutnette.
HO Watson leads HO to a wild card birth.
LC The pass rush and Rivers get LC into the big dance.
Close but no Cigar
BA Joe Flacco and a bad D prevent BA from getting into the playoffs again this year

Starter Grades for AFC East

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Here are my Starter Grades for AFC East teams. If you are picking your fantasy sports teams this weekend you’ll want to have a look at these ratings.

Starter Grades for AFC East

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  Bills
QB new AJ McCarron FA Josh Allen R gone Ty Taylor T
  McCarron is unproven & Allen is a rookie. D
   
RB LeSean McCoy
  McCoy is Outstanding as a runner & receiver. A
   
WR Kelvin Benjamin & Zay Jones D-
   
TE Charles Clay & Nick O’Leary C-
   
OL lt Dion Dawkins lg John Miller C Russell Bodine rg Vlad Ducasse rt Jordan Mills
  lt Glenn T & lg Incognito ret were the keys to the O. D
   
DL Le Trent Murphy FA lt Star Lotulelei FA rt Kyle Williams re Jerry Hughes T
  The 4/3 which fits the D better. C+
   
lb wlb Matt Milano mlb Tremaine Edmunds R slb Lorenzo Alexander
  MLB Preston Brown was allowed to leave as FA.R Edmunds replaced him. C-
   
db lc Tre’Davious White rc Vontae Davis fs Jordan Poyer ss Micah Hyde
  ss Hyde & lc White are solid, rc Davis is not longer elite. Gaines left via FA. B
   
  Dolphins
QB Ryan Tannehill
  MI is convinced Tannehill is the guy. I am not. D-
   
RB Kenyan Drake
  Drake is not big enough to carry the ball 25 times a game. Frank Gore is past his “use by” date. D
   
WR DeVante Parker & Kenny Stills
  Jarvis Landry was traded to CL & MI needs him D
   
TE A.J. Derby & Mike Gesicki R
  Thomas is gone, F-
   
OL lt Laremy Tunsil lg Josh Sitton c Daniel Kilgore rg Jesse Davis rt Ja’Wuan James
  C Mike Pouncey begged to be cut & Jermon Bushrod couldn’t wait to sign with a Good team D
   
DL le Cameron Wake lt Akeem Spence rt Davon Godchaux re Robert Quinn
  DT are soft but adding Quinn who LR never figured out how to use him Helps Pass Rush B
   
OB slb Chase Allen mlb Raekwon McMillan wlb Kiko Alonso
  The only one in this grp that is solid is Alonso. D
   
db lc Xavien Howard rc Cordrea Tankersley fs Minkah Fitzpatrick R ss Reshad Jones
  Jones is solid but the rest are big ? C
   
  patriots
qb Tom Brady A+
   
RB James White
  NE can’t trust a rookie so White starts. C
   
WR Julian Edelman sus 4 GMS Chris Hogan Kenny Britt Jordan Matthews
  When Edelman gets back WRS grup is OK. Britt can’t catch but Hogan is OK. B
   
TE Rob Gronkowski A
   
OL lt Isaiah Wynn lg Joe Thuney c David Andrews rg Shaq Mason rt Trent Brown
  Rebuilt OL needs Brady’s quick release but don’t expect a run gm. D
   
DL le Adrian Clayborn FA lt Lawrence Guy rt Malcom Brown re Trey Flowers
  Very little pass rush except for Clayborn C
   
lb Dont’a Hightower & Kyle Van Noy
  Hightower was out most of the yr. But should be better this sea. B
   
db Lc Jonathan Jones rc Stephon Gilmore 3rd cb Jason McCourty fs Devin McCourty ss Patrick Chung
  S are stronger than CBS B
   
  Jets
QB Josh McCown or Sam Darnold
  McCown is inj prone & old. Darnold will see action soon. C
   
RB Isaiah Crowell
  Crow is a good RB but never got a chance to run in CL. He will do well here. B
   
WR Robby Anderson & Jermaine Kearse & Terrelle Pryor
  Anderson & Kearse are OK but Pryor needs to step up his production. B
   
TE Eric Tomlinson
  He is nothing special. C-
   
OL lt Kelvin Beachum lg James Carpenter c Spencer Long rg Brian Winters rt Brandon Shell
  Beachum is solid but the rest are below average. D
   
DL le Leonard Williams nt Steve McLendon re Henry Anderson
  Very average DL C
   
lb lolb Josh Martin liob Avery Williamson rilb Darron Lee rolb Jordan Jenkins
  Except for Lee this group is below average. D
   
db lc Trumaine Johnson rc Morris Claiborne fs Jamal Adams ss Marcus Maye
  This group under preformed last season. C-

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Top 4 issues facing AFC East teams

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  Bills
4 Can the rebuilt OL give the Q time to throw and give the running game a chance to succeed?
3 Can the D limit opponents run game to under 100y/g? Gave up 124.6 last year
2 Is the O able to score more point this year than 18.9 in 17?
1 Is A.J. McCarron the starter or will be Josh Allen?
   
  Dolphins
4 Can the D that is aging out still be competitive?
3 Can the ST stop giving up big returns?
2 Can the run game get going that was 29th last year.
1 Now that Cutler is in the broadcast booth, will Ryan Tannehill finally become the QB to get MI into the playoffs?
   
  Pats
4 Can R Sony Michel get the run game going?
3 Can the rebuilt OL give Brady time to throw?
2 The D fell of the map last year. Can they get back to a level to get back to the SB?
1 As long as Tom Brady is healthy the O will be fine. Can he stay upright this season?
   
  Jets
4 The O was DOA last year. Can it score more points this season?
3 Will the green as grass D preform better this season?
2 Can R Isaiah Crowell get the run game going?
1 As the QB Merry-go-round stops, who will start at the position?
 
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Top 5 Questions facing the AFC East teams

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BF 5 How long can BF stay with their stadium situation?
4 Can WR Watkins stay healthy all year?
3 Will the D be as good as in 2015 as it gets older at key positions like DT?
2 Can BF keep the run game going with McCoy and more stable O line?
1 Can Taylor offer the kind of passing game to truly contend in the AFC East?
MI 5 Can MI really challenge NE for the AFC East title?
4 Will D additions of Timmons, Allen & McDonald help?
3 Will the high priced D finally live up to their salaries?
2 Can MI get as much out of Jay Ajayi as last year 1,272 yards, 8 touchdowns?
1 Can Adam Gase push Ryan Tannehill to the next level?
NE 5 How much longer will Tom Brady still be effective?
4 When will TE Gronk be healthy & can he survive a complete season?
3 Will the D be as effective in the playoffs with the loss of Ryan, Sheard & Long?
2 Will the O additions be enough to keep NE at the top of the AFC?
1 Will a rush-by-committee be enough to earn one more title?
NJ 5 Will the addition of LT Beachum & move of Ijalana to RT help the O?
4 Can the D survive the losses despite additions of Claiborne, Martin & Lemonier?
3 Who will play QB this year McCown?
2 Are the Jets tanking to get their QB in the 2018 draft?
1 Can NJ beat out SF for the 1st pick in the draft?

 

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NFL Coaches on the hot seat in 2017

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Coaches on the hot seat in 2017

 

1 Jets Cuts of all the vets won’t help the win totals and cost the coaches their jobs.
 

2

Browns After a 1-15 season, they better get at least 6 wins to keep their jobs
 

3

Bears After a 3 win season, they better get at least 6 games or Fox & company are gone
 

4

Colts Bad ownership & GM will cost HC Chuck Pagano his job.  Part of the blame is on him and his staff.
 

5

Bengals had better get to the playoffs & win a game or Marvin Lewis cpuld be history
 

6

Panthers need to get control of QB Cam Newton or Rivera may be history.
 

7

Jags better get more than 3 wins or Bye Bye. Doug Marrone has failed before could fail again.
 

8

LA Chargers Moves are always hard. GM has not done the Coaches any favors.
 

9

The Vikes may have to get back in the playoffs or Mike Zimmer could be in trouble. Injuries have plauged the Vikes
 

10

Ravens HC John Harbaugh is not in serious trouble but OC Marty Morinwheg is not helping him. Playoffs or MM is out

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NNR Projected wins for the AFC

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AFC East AFC West DIV NFC AFC EX TOT
  NFC South          
NE w9 @PT HO 6 3 3 1 13
BF w6 @CN IN 3 2 2 0 7
MI w11 @BA TN 2 1 1 1 5
NJ w11 @CL JK 1 0 1 1 3
    12 6 7 3  
AFC North AFC South          
NFC North DIV NFC AFC EX TOT
PT w9 @KC NE 5 3 3 1 12
CN w6 @DV BF 3 2 3 1 9
BA w10 @OK MI 3 2 3 2 10
CL w9 @LC NJ 1 1 0 1 3
    12 8 9 5  
             
AFC South AFC North          
  NFC West DIV NFC AFC EX TOT
HO w7 @NE KC 4 2 2 0 8
IN w11 @BF DV 4 2 2 2 10
TN w8 @MI OK 3 2 2 1 8
JK w8 @NJ SD 1 1 1 1 4
  12 7 7 4  
             
AFC West AFC East          
  NFC East DIV NFC AFC EX TOT
KC w10 @HO PT 4 2 3 2 11
OK w10 @TN BA 5 3 3 2 13
DV w5 @IN CN 3 1 2 1 7
LC w9 @JK CL 0 0 1 1 2
    12 6 9 6

DIV wins within their division

NFC wins vs the NFC Division they play

AFC wins vs the AFC Division they play

EX wins vs the extra games listed next to the team name.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits https://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on http://www.eBooks-Library.com/Contemporary/ and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.  Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts.  You can hear the previous shows on https://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits .  

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

 

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