I'm going to tell you something right now. It's not going to be New England, especially with numerous Patriots opting out of the 2020 season. Yes, the mastermind Bill Belichick is still there and their defense, especially the secondary, is extremely good. However, there's too much uncertainty with Jarrett Stidham for them to win the AFC. I don't think Cam Newton will be enough to get them another Super Bowl this year. Still, I think this is a possible playoff team. So, who do I think rules the roost in the AFC?
It's a two-horse race in the AFC between the Baltimore Ravens and the defending Super Bowl champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. However, there are other teams you shouldn't discount. For example, the Buffalo Bills just acquired Stefon Diggs and have a solid secondary. They could become a threat if Josh Allen does a decent job. The Houston Texans still have star power with DeShaun Watson and J.J. Watt. However, is that even enough to win the AFC South? The Indianapolis Colts just added DeForest Buckner to their front seven, making their defensive unit even scarier. Don't forget about the Tennessee Titans and Derrick Henry, the beast running back who can't be stopped.
However, I feel it's between Baltimore and Kansas City. Both teams have MVP quarterbacks, dynamic offenses, and have playmaking receivers. Still, I feel that this is Baltimore's year. Patrick Mahomes won the MVP a season before winning the Super Bowl, so what's not to say that this will happen to Lamar Jackson this season? Besides, Baltimore's running attack kept opponents on their feet last season. The option-based scheme can prove to be a handful for opponents and Baltimore can just overwhelm their foes with different looks. If Lamar Jackson can shake his postseason jitters, the Ravens will represent the AFC in next year's Super Bowl.
That doesn't mean the Chiefs aren't good, though. First, there's Mahomes. Mahomes also has options such as Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. The Chiefs also just added a solid running back in Clyde Edwards-Helaire. If you thought the Chiefs' offense looks dynamic last season, wait until you see the current incarnation.
It looks like the AFC is going to dominate the AFC landscape for the next few seasons, perhaps even the next decade. Just after New England finished their dynastic run, a new champion will emerge. Will it be Baltimore? Kansas City? Buffalo? Maybe Cleveland or Pittsburgh? Who knows? The future looks bright for the AFC, regardless.
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