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The Colts and Jaguars are just two of the team's that benefit from Randy Moss' move to the NFC.
With only three teams sitting under .500 after four weeks, the AFC is a picture of parody at the moment.
The AFC South has three teams tied for second place at 2-2, including the Indianapolis Colts, and both the AFC North and East have two teams (Ravens and Steelers; Patriots and Jets) tied for first at 3-1.
New England would be locked into a playoff spot if they continued their pace, but the likelihood of that after losing a player of Randy Moss's caliber remains unlikely.
If the Patriots do indeed fall out of playoff contention, the Chargers and Colts would be two of the favorites to claim their spot.
Known for their late-season runs, San Diego has been hard to gauge early in the season. Considering they have an elite quarterback in Philip Rivers and immense talent on both sides of the ball, the Chargers should be competing for the Super Bowl, not hoping to get into the playoffs. If they can come together and play as a cohesive unit, chemistry has always been lacking from this team, San Diego will have something to say in the AFC playoff race come January.
Even though the Colts face problems on defense, it's hard to see them dropping out of contention with Peyton Manning still under center. At the peak of his offensive capability, Peyton rarely allows the Colts to take games off, motivating the team with his tireless work ethic and on-the-field leadership.
For the rest of the AFC South, the Titans and Jaguars have major question marks on defense and at quarterback—two very difficult things to solve mid-season. Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew give their respective teams a chance to win games week in and week out because of their game-changing abilities at the running back spot. While Johnson can swing momentum with his electrifying runs, MJD controls the clock and allows Jacksonville to methodically drive the ball down the field, dictating the pace of the game.
Believed to be a foregone conclusion that the AFC North will be represented by the Steelers and Ravens in the 2011 playoffs, the Bengals should not be overlooked coming out of that division. Unlike Pittsburgh, Cincinnati made the playoffs last season, and just like last year, they will rely on ball-control and a hard-hitting defense to win them ball games. Hopefully Carson Palmer and Terrell Owens can build off their performances from last week (Owens had 222 receiving yards in a Bengals loss) and develop into a dynamic pair that will help jump start a below-average Bengals passing offense.
Prediction: With the Chargers once again stealing the division from Denver on the NFL's final weekend, the Steelers, Texans, and Jets each win their respective divisions as well. The Patriots fall just short in a wild AFC wild-card finish to the Colts and Ravens.