The AFC Landscape is Shifting

Patrick Mahomes being helped off of the field during the Broncos-Chiefs game after dislocating his knee-cap.

Welcome to the AFC, where chaos reigns true. Just when it looked like the Chiefs were back on track, they hit a wall. After going for a QB sneak, Patrick Mahomes went to the turf clutching his knee. He ended up leaving said game, with a dislocated knee-cap, and is slated to be out around 3 weeks. The Chiefs would go on to win the game, but they are now without their reigning MVP QB for the next 3 games. The Chiefs have to play a red-hot Aaron Rodgers and his vaunted Green Bay Packers, suddenly above-average Kirk Cousins and the 5-2 Vikings, and then must go on the road to face…. Ryan Tannehill and the Titans. (They would win that game even if Brucie from the Longest Yard was quarterback) This will make for an interesting next few weeks in the NFL, especially for the AFC playoff race.

The Chiefs are nowhere near doomed, as Mahomes is only out for a few weeks. However, they are in significant trouble when it comes to being one of the top 2 teams gunning for a first round bye in the playoffs. Their 3 biggest threats are the Ravens, Colts, and Texans. Both the Colts and Texans own the tiebreaker over the Chiefs as they both handed them a loss in back-to-back weeks. The Ravens lost to the Chiefs, but have the same record as they do. I fully expect the Chiefs to drop the NFC North games without Patrick Mahomes, an I think they will end up with the #3 seed come playoff time.

So who is taking over the number 2 seed you ask? Why, its the INDIANAPOLIS COLTS. Those Damn Colts. Jacoby Brissett is balling out, the Colts defense is getting big stops in big moments. A ton is clicking for this team right now. I think they have what it takes to drive their way to a playoff bye this year. Marlon Mack is a stud by the way. Just wanted y’all to know how much I love the guy.

This is all in spite of the fact that the Patriots hold a comfy 2 game lead on everyone else in the AFC. The Patriots do have to play the Ravens, Chiefs, and Texans, but they should be able to take care of their business and ride a record-setting defense to yet another division title and first round bye.

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