AFC Predicted Playoff Standings
Kansas City Chiefs
New England Patriots
New York Jets
Unlike the NFC, the AFC has a number of wildcards who are as good as the division winners. I’d argue the Bills, Broncos, and Jets are all better than the Steelers. In fact, the Dolphins probably are too. This creates an unusual situation where the 5 seed might actually be better off than the 2 seed, as the 5 seed gets to face the Steelers while the 2 seed has to face a tougher Jets team.
Patriots over Jets
Belichick is famous for giving rookie quarterbacks problems, so I’d expect him to complete a 3 game sweep over Zach Wilson.
Broncos over Titans
As if it wasn’t bad enough that I have the Broncos making the playoffs, I have them winning a playoff game too? Whoever runs this place needs to fire me immediately.
Bills over Steelers
One of the bigger playoff mismatches in recent history. The Bills would win the division by 5 games if they were in the AFC North.
Chiefs over Broncos
The Chiefs get revenge for 1997 a quarter of a century later, as Bridgewater is no match for Mahomes.
Patriots over Bills
This would be an incredibly interesting game. I mainly picked the Patriots over the Bills because I think Josh Allen will struggle against their improved defense, but it’s close. If he doesn’t, the Bills should be heavy favorites to reach the AFC championship game again to face the Chiefs.
Chiefs over Patriots
Time for revenge for 2018. Now that Mahomes has more experience, and a better defense backing him up, it should go the Chiefs’ way this time around.