In recent years, The Patriots have dominated, and won twelve AFC East titles in 14 seasons, since 2001 when Tom Brady was paired with Bill Belichick. But overall, the AFC has been the home of some of the most exciting football ever played, and a few of modern sports’ great dynasties (like those Patriots), since the NFL’s merger with the rival American Football League (AFL) in 1970. The conference has also won 22 of the total Super Bowl games, since Super Sunday kicked off in 1971.
The Denver Broncos, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the New England Patriots are the most titled teams within the NFL American Football Conference with 8 AFC titles each.
NFL AFC Scores And Standings
Here’s a glance at the NFL AFC Standings. Keep track of the division leaders, the cellar dwellers and follow who’s on the move.
Bet On NFL AFC Games
As always, start with Brady and the Patriots. Think they’re done? They’re not. Bet against them at your own risk. The team is famous for an offensive system that puts Brady at the center of it all, and gets the most from all of its high-profile/ high pay weapons. On the defensive side, their D is often overshadowed, but it’s been good enough to win the division and make the playoffs.
Mind you, The Broncos likely aren’t going anywhere just yet. When you win a championship and your best player retires, you’re expected to fall off quite a bit. But the D is so strong in Denver that many experts still have them placing as high as 5th overall in the league, and right there in the AFC battle. This won’t be a traditional rebuilding process.
Elsewhere the Bengals desperately want a piece of the action. This is a strong team that has made the playoffs 5 years straight, and are poised to do so again next year. But, the odds of them ending a god awful 50 year Super Bowl drought are pretty low, with the other guys in the way.
In the south, things are a bit harder to call. As for the Colts, Injuries kept them out of the playoffs one time in the Andrew Luck era in Indy. He’s a franchise player, and when he’s healthy, they’re capable of making a playoff push and beating any team in a single game situation. But, the Texans’ defence is flagged by Watt and DeAndre Hopkins. Unfortunately they lack that much talent on offense, which often puts too much pressure on the D. They’re well coached, but have struggled to put together the full package that will take them to the next level.