AFC's Hottest Teams: Which One Stands Out? Take Your Pick

Alex PetermanCorrespondent IIINovember 28, 2012

Nov 22, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the second half against the New York Jets on Thanksgiving at Metlife Stadium. The Patriots won the game 49-19. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-US PRESSWIRE
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What’s the hottest team in the AFC right now?  That’s a pretty subjective question.

The Ravens are coming off of three straight wins, but they have been pretty streaky on offense with Joe Flacco at the helm.  One week he’s incredible.  One week he has a miserable showing, and then the next he’s somewhere in the middle.

The Denver Broncos have also been ripping off wins, as Peyton Manning continues his push for the Comeback Player of the Year.  The defense is beyond solid to back it up as well, making for a dangerous playoff team.  Did they just take the Chiefs a little too lightly?  They seemed to be in the game for quite a while.

After grinding out a tough one over the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, the Houston Texans never looked back, as they now have a 10-1 record.  The only game they played remotely poorly in was that one loss to Green Bay.  Are they the most solid team in the league at this point?  What about that scary game against the Jaguars a couple weeks ago?

Is it the Bengals?  They’ve outscored their last three opponents by 64 points, as they continue to make leaps and bounds on both sides of the ball.  Can we trust that consistency when their last two wins were over the Chiefs and Raiders?

Perhaps it’s the Patriots?  They continue to put tons of points on the scoreboard, for sure.  Brady is just having his usual career year, using that arm to get big wins.  But that defense is scary.  In fact, it allows almost as many points as the offense puts up in some cases.

The Colts are looking good too.  They seem to be very well-rounded, and they keep winning in Luck’s rookie year.  Is it just that?  Luck?  Probably not, but are we ready to buy into the team being dependable after a close game against the Bills followed a blowout against the Patriots? 

What about the Jets?  That was a joke.

It’s a good guess that many of the current division leaders will go to the playoffs, if not all of them.  However, the playoff winners are often decided by who gets hot at the right time.  Look at the Giants last year.  I still don’t get it.