Each AFC Divisions Underdog Team

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Each AFC Divisions Underdog Team

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Each AFC Divisions Underdog Team

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AFC West: Denver Broncos 

The Denver Broncos are in a stacked AFC West and I think by default they are the underdog for this division. Last season the Broncos finished 7-10 and dead last in the division. They added quarterback Russell Wilson in a trade package with the Seattle Seahawks which included them sending quarterback Drew Lock, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, tight end Noah Fant, and a handful of picks for the next few years. The Broncos did give up a lot to support their future but they seem to be in win-now mode. Being in arguably the toughest division in the AFC it makes sense to go out and get Russell Wilson. The Broncos have a good receiving core in Courtland Sutton, Tim Patrick, and Jerry Jeudy. On top of that having breakout running back Javonte Williams and veteran running back Melvin Gordan III back make for a good backfield. If the Broncos’ wide receivers can stay healthy for Wilson and the running game produces like it did last year, watch out for Denver to be a wild card team. 

 

AFC South: Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts last season finished 9-8 and second in the division behind the Tennessee Titans. The Colts traded for quarterback Matt Ryan from the Atlanta Falcons and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue from the Las Vegas Raiders. Running back Jonathan Taylor took a massive leap last season and became a top two running back in the NFL carrying the Colts’ offense. The Colts’ defense was also atop of the NFL but the only thing that will hold this team back from winning the division will be their lack of talent at wide receiver. Their wide receiver core is very young with Michael Pittman Jr., rookie Alec Pierce, and Parris Campbell. They will rely very heavily on a young core to carry the passing game. The Colts will finish second in the division behind the Titans but will still be a close second in the division race. 

AFC North: Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens last season finished last in the division at 8-9 but the Ravens are going to surprise a lot of people this season. The Ravens dealt with the injury bug last season losing most of their secondary, running back J.K. Dobbins, and a few other players. The only thing holding the Ravens down this season would be their lack of wide receivers. During the 2022 NFL Draft, the Ravens traded away wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown who was their only true number one wide receiver. They will have to rely on Rashod Bateman and tight end Mark Andrews to really carry the passing game. This season having everybody back healthy, drafting safety Kyle Hamilton to complete the secondary, and having a superstar quarterback in Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have a legitimate chance to win the division. The Cincinnati Bengals won the AFC last season but I believe the Ravens this season will compete with them atop the division. 

 

AFC East: New York Jets

The New York Jets are one of the younger teams in the NFL this upcoming season. Being in a stacked AFC East division many people probably see right past the Jets, but don’t sleep on this team. The Jets, led by second-year quarterback Zach Wilson, have a lot to prove but their roster is very talented considering how young it is. Current Jets head coach Robert Saleh seems to be mimicking what the San Francisco 49ers did back when he was their defensive coordinator by creating stacked depth at the running back position. With a running back room of rookie Breece Hall, second-year back Michael Carter and veteran back Tevin Coleman, expect a lot of versatility from those three out of the backfield. Second-year wideout Elijah Moore and rookie Garrett Wilson look to be the face of the franchise at the wideout position for years to come accompanied by veteran wide receiver Corey Davis. The Jets also signed tight end C.J Uzomah from the Cincinnati Bengals. The Jets may not finish first in their division but seriously be on the lookout for the Jets this year as they might surprise you.

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