Every Wednesday or Thursday during the NFL season (and offseason), Joe Caporoso will break down the upcoming week of NFL action. Unfasten the belts and prepare to gorge on another weekend of fandom, fantasy, gambling, tweeting, cheering, complaining…and complaining.
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AFC Power Rankings
1 – New England Patriots: Top spot until proven otherwise. It does feel like we are nearing the end days of this never ending dynasty though and by that I mean I am optimistic it doesn’t extend into the next decade.
2 – Pittsburgh Steelers: When doing this list I realized that the AFC is kind of awful, very much like the Eastern Conference in the NBA. The Steelers hold this spot as a default because they are always in the final four before either choking to Jacksonville or getting blown out by New England.
3 – Kansas City Chiefs: I’m a big Patrick Mahomes fan and I love what they did this offseason to build around him. There is no doubt Andy Reid can get them back to the playoffs to suffer another crushing defeat that we all win money on by knowing to bet against him.
4 – Jacksonville Jaguars: They feel like a prime regression candidate with all the quarterbacks in their division coming back and their quarterback still being Blake Bortles.
5 – Houston Texans: If Deshaun Watson is healthy, they are the best team in the AFC South. As a card carrying member of the Watson fan club, let’s hope that is the case.
6 – Tennessee Titans: Despite some success last year, they smartly turned over their coaching staff. If Marcus Mariota can play like he did in the playoffs last season, the Titans will be back over .500.
7 – Los Angeles Chargers: A talented, deep roster with an aging quarterback who regularly finds unique and painful ways to lose. With this conference so wide open, they could range from winning the AFC West to going 4-12 and drafting a QB next year.
8 – Baltimore Ravens: The sooner the reigns are turned over to Lamar Jackson, the better. The Flacco Ravens are good for a boring, painful to watch 8-8, just about every single year at this point.
9 – Indianpolis Colts: It is all about Andrew Luck and that shoulder.
10 – Cincinnati Bengals: I’m sure THIS is the year, Andy Dalton and Marvin Lewis get over the hump. Poor AJ Green.
11 – Oakland Raiders: The Raiders hate all your fancy analytics and want all your over the hill players. Their quarterback is also Andy Dalton without red hair.
12 – Miami Dolphins: Adam Gase sure taught Jay Ajayi a lesson last year by sending him to the Eagles. The Dolphins signed a few random veterans to round out their mediocre roster led by their mediocre quarterback coming off a major injury. Bring back Cutler!
13 – New York Jets: HOMER! HATER! I think our beloved Jets will win more games than they did last season but are still a year away from any playoff discussions.
14 – Denver Broncos: This roster got old and bad, very fast. Case Keenum sure doesn’t seem like a guy who had an outlier season last year, does he?
15 – Buffalo Bills: I don’t care that they made the playoffs last year, they have the worst quarterback, wide receiver and offensive line depth chart in the NFL. How’s that for a HOT TAKE?
16 – Cleveland Browns: Yes, they got better this offseason. Yes, I’m a big fan of both Baker Mayfield and Tyrod Taylor. Yes, Hue Jackson and Greg Williams are still coaching for them and yes they have won 1 game over the past two seasons.
Hoboken Restaurant Of The Week
Tutta Pesca – New home town, new segment! I am not above accepting free meals to write about your restaurant here, Hoboken owners! I took the family here for Mother’s Day and the meal was outrageously good thanks to an absolutely loaded seafood menu. I had a Brazilian lobster tail with pasta and spent the night in a joyous food coma.
Random NFL GIF Of The Week
Sanders The Gawd
What Do I Watch Now?
Billions, Showtime – You obviously already know this is on television but my question is where does this show rank over the past 10 years or so? I feel like it is getting better with each passing season but I also feel like this is the type of show that can quickly run out of reasonable storylines and because overly ridiculous, overly fast. STAY STRONG BILLIONS! More Wags, Less Lara!
Who Do I Read Now?
The Corner, David Simon – The inspiration for The Wire (speaking of great television), a gut-wrenching, insightful look into the streets of Baltimore and the systematic problems plaguing the city.
Annoying Tweet Of The Week
I have been very blessed thus far in my career to make a living from social media and with that must come a self-deprecating sense of humor. I have no construction skills and I know it. You are damn right I paid somebody to build our new bed while I drank, tweeted and wrote this article. SORRY ERIK THE JETS FAN!
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