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AFC: JUST GOT A LITTLE CLOSER

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots watches the second quarter of the game against the Buffalo Bills on September 14, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Kyle MeloContributor ISeptember 17, 2009

After week 1, what is there to say about the NFL?

   Hardcore fans now have their sacred Sunday's back. After watching week 1 closely, the NFL has gotten closer in terms of who has taken hold of a division and the conference. Before the week began, the oddsmakers in Vegas had their teams to battle it out in the AFC. Well after one game the New England Patriots, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the San Diego Chargers looked less than convincing.

   The Patriots' defence looked questionable at best against the Bills offense who was missing arguably their best offensive player in the suspended Marshawn Lynch. All things aside it could be argued that the Buffalo Bills beat themselves with penalties at key times and bad on field decisions. Although Brady did look good before the game was finished, this Patriots' offense looks like they have brushed aside their fourth year back in Laurence Maroney. Another huge divisional matchup awaits the Patriots in week two as they travel to New York to face Mark Sanchez and the Jets.

   The Steelers although beat a AFC contender in the Tennessee Titans, their run game looked absolutely terrible, Willie Parker struggled to find a gap against the Titans front four and the loss of Troy Polamalu will leave a huge hole in the Steelers secondary. Things don't get any easier as Pittsburgh travels to Soldier Field to take on the Bears.

  Finally, the San Diego Chargers looked absolutely horrible against the Oakland Raiders. LaDanian Tomlinson looks to have lost a step, as Darren Sproles was given the ball in the last seconds in Oakland where he helped his team squeak out a win. The Chargers have lost two key offensive lineman to compound their problems. The Chargers go home to Quallcom to face the Ravens next week.

  So after one week, the AFC has tightened up dramatically, but each team has fifthteen games remaining to prove that they deserve to represent the AFC in Miami at the Superbowl...................We will wait and see

Kyle Melo

 

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