AFC: 2011 Season Predictions

Aron YohannesContributor ISeptember 10, 2010

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Here is a look into my predictions for the AFC Conference this season. Stay posted for my predictions for the NFC Conference as well.



AFC East

Buffalo Bills: The Bills drafted C.J. Spiller in the first round of this year's draft to be the difference- maker, and I think he could be successful. But he’s not a one-man-show for the Buffalo franchise; defense is still a huge issue, especially on the line, and there is uncertainty at the quarterback position.

Prediction: 4-12

New England Patriots: The Patriots are pretty much the same team that they were last year. Tom Brady is another year removed from his injury and Randy Moss is in a contract-year.  I think Moss is going to let us see how much he really has left in the tank.

Prediction: 11-5

New York Jets: There's no question that the Jet’s easily had one of the best offseasons, snagging Antonio Cromartie and LaDainian Tomlinson from the Chargers. They traded for Santonio Holmes, and they also just resigned Darrelle Revis and got a healthy Kris Jenkins back this season. I like this team, a lot.

Prediction: 12-4

Miami Dolphins: Adding a big time weapon in Brandon Marshall for Chad Henne puts the Dolphins in easy playoff conversation, along with Karlos Dansby.

Predictions: 10-6


AFC North

Pittsburgh Steelers: Big Ben will be gone for the first four games of the season and that’s a problem. I like Dennis Dixon, but I feel those four games will come back and haunt the Steel City.

Prediction: 9-7

Baltimore Ravens: Huge off-season. Enough said.  Adding Boldin and Houshmandzadeh and drafting a good TE in Ed Dickson gives Joe Flacco enough weapons to put them in the Super Bowl.

Prediction: 13-3

Cincinnati Bengals: T.O. was a fair addition to this team and they drafted the best TE in this year’s draft. Their offensive and defensive lines are still issues to me and that might not be enough for a Wild Card.

Prediction: 10-6

Cleveland Browns: They have gotten better and have made some fair changes. Still, this team is in the rebuilding process and this may take some years.

Prediction: 5-11


AFC South

Indianapolis Colts: Peyton Manning just keeps on amazing us every single season. He also gets back one of his better targets in Anthony Gonzalez after missing him the entire season last year. With Reggie Wayne, Pierre Garcon, Austin Collie, Gonzalez, Dallas Clark, Joseph Addai, and Donald Brown to throw to. Manning might put up his best season yet.

Prediction: 13-3

Houston Texans: If I weren't a Raiders fan, I'd definitely be a Texans fan. I like Arian Foster taking over the lead back position over Steve Slaton and Matt Schaub proved he can stay healthy. The defense is still in trouble, but the young talent they have can put it together this season. 

Prediction: 10-6

Tennessee Titans: Tennessee is a very good team with Chris Johnson on the roster, and Vince Young is ready to have a nice season. But they aren't ready to be playoff caliber just yet, mainly due in part to their defensive play.

Prediction: 9-7

Jacksonville Jaguars: This is the make or break year for Jack Del Rio and David Garrard. The team STILL lacks depth at the wide out position and haven't really given any options for Garrard other than MJD. Mike Sims-Walker was nice for the first half of last season but went practically invisible the second.

Prediction: 7-9

AFC West

San Diego Chargers: Lets face it, it looks like Vincent Jackson won’t be on this football team this season, no matter what happens.  But Vincent Jackson isn't the whole Chargers football team. Rivers is still calling the shots while he has a new back in Ryan Mathews behind him. Look for San Diego to take some steps back this year trying to adjust.

Prediction: 10-6

Oakland Raiders: Drum roll please...

You've all been waiting for me to give this prediction: Jason Campbell is in and Jamarcus Russell is out (Hallelujah). With some good stability at the quarterback position and positive improvement strides from Darius Heyward-Bey. The Raiders could surprise some people this year.

Prediction: 8-8

Kansas City Chiefs: Getting Eric Berry had to be a huge plus for this team. Jamall Charles is now the lead back and he’s a star just waiting to break out this season. But the defense is still young and is not ready to be consistent at all whatsoever.

Prediction: 5-11

Denver Broncos: The biggest news this season for them other than losing Brandon Marshall, was drafting Tim Tebow in the first round this year. They have a new defensive coordinator this season and that’s going to be difficult for them to adjust. Especially after the loss of Pro Bowl sack leader Elvis Dumervil.

Prediction: 6-10


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