So, this is my first post but you gotta start somewhere. Anyway, I figure just throw out your predictions with a quick explanation of why... AFC North: Steelers- The Steelers looked great to me against the Eagles last week, but the biggest reason I have them here is because if you look at their schedule this year, it is not a tough one at all. South: Texans- The Texans are full of offensive weapons, and their defense has only gotten deeper. The Colts don't catch my eye this year because of Manning's issues, because I don't know if he will be able to make up for any damage already done in his absence. East: Patriots- It pains me to say so, but they are just one of those teams that are already good but just get deeper. Do I think the Jets can beat the Pats? Absolutely, but the Patriots win on a more consistent basis, creating a better record, leading to a division title. West: Chargers- Assuming the un-assumable (a.k.a. players staying healthy) Phillip Rivers has the weapons to make it happen. I think the Chiefs will be close to a repeat appearance, but not close enough. Wild Card 1: Jets- In my opinion the Jets are one of the best teams in the AFC. I think they have a good shot to go all the way, and of course I hope they do. I would say they are in the top 3 with the Pats and Steelers, but their inconsistency will let the Pats take the top seed in the East, leaving the Jets to take the number 1 Wild Card spot. Wild Card 2: Ravens- I don't think any other non-division winning team in the AFC will have a better record than the Ravens. They've showed that their competitiveness continues, and Lee Evans will be a great pickup. Dark Horse(s): Colts- I know, not exactly a "dark horse", but I couldn't leave them out of the discussion at all. How soon will Peyton be back? Will the neck issue affect his play? Too early to say. Also, Browns- Will Colt McCoy continue his offensive barrage throughout the season? An interesting possibility.