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2023 AFC Preview (Teams 9-16)

Updated: Aug 16, 2023




Predicted Order of Finish



*In parenthesis is the team's 2022 NFL ranking.



9. Denver-


Good News- the defense returns 8 starters from a unit that ranked in the top 10 in the league in rush yards allowed and INT’s


Bad News- Russell Wilson looked nothing like a 9-time Pro-Bowl QB last year and will need a rebuilt O-line to drastically improve after yielding an NFL worst 63 sacks


OVER/UNDER Total Wins 8.5


Points Per Game- (32)

Rush Yards Per Game- (21)

Pass Yards Per Game- (19)

Sacks Allowed- (32)

Points Allowed Per Game- (13)

Rush Yards Allowed Per Game- (10)

Pass Yards Allowed Per Game- (12)

Sacks- (23)

Turnover Margin- (16)



10. Tennessee-


Good News- the signing of DeAndre Hopkins fills a big void at WR following the departure of A.J. Brown


Bad News- the O-line will feature 4 new starters after allowing 49 sacks last year which ranked 27th out of 32 teams



OVER/UNDER Total Wins 7.5


Points Per Game- (28)

Rush Yards Per Game- (13)

Pass Yards Per Game- (30)

Sacks Allowed- (27)

Points Allowed Per Game- (13)

Rush Yards Allowed Per Game- (1)

Pass Yards Allowed Per Game- (32)

Sacks- (18)

Turnover Margin- (22)



11. New England-

Good News- the Patriots stout defensive front returns both DT’s Davon Godchaux and Lawrence Guy


Bad News- QB Mac Jones regressed in his 2nd year and must get back on track under new coordinator Bill O’Brien to keep the Patriots out of the AFC East cellar


OVER/UNDER Total Wins 7.5


Points Per Game- (17)

Rush Yards Per Game- (24)

Pass Yards Per Game- (20)

Sacks Allowed- (18)

Points Allowed Per Game- (10)

Rush Yards Allowed Per Game- (6)

Pass Yards Allowed Per Game- (16)

Sacks- (3)

Turnover Margin- (4)



12. Pittsburgh-


Good News- rookie QB Kenny Pickett showed promise last season leading the Steelers to 5 wins in the final 7 games


Bad News- special teams must improve after sub-par seasons from K Chris Boswell and P Pressley Harvin


OVER/UNDER Total Wins 8.5


Points Per Game- (26)

Rush Yards Per Game- (16)

Pass Yards Per Game- (24)

Sacks Allowed- (13)

Points Allowed Per Game- (10)

Rush Yards Allowed Per Game- (9)

Pass Yards Allowed Per Game- (19)

Sacks- (14)

Turnover Margin- (9)



13. Cleveland-


Good News- after shaking off the rust last year Deshaun Watson should begin to resemble the quarterback that threw for over 4,800 yards along 33 TD’s in 2020


Bad News- rookie K Cade York struggled mightily in 2022 converting only 24/32 FG’s


OVER/UNDER Total Wins 9.5


Points Per Game- (18)

Rush Yards Per Game- (6)

Pass Yards Per Game- (22)

Sacks Allowed- (20)

Points Allowed Per Game- (20)

Rush Yards Allowed Per Game- (25)

Pass Yards Allowed Per Game- (5)

Sacks- (27)

Turnover Margin- (16)



14. Las Vegas-


Good News- Jimmy Garappolo (40-17 career record as a starter) reunites with former coordinator now head coach of the Raiders Josh McDaniels


Bad News- the defense ranked 28th in yards allowed last year and will once again be put to the test in the tough AFC West


OVER/UNDER Total Wins 6.5


Points Per Game- (12)

Rush Yards Per Game- (17)

Pass Yards Per Game- (11)

Sacks Allowed- (9)

Points Allowed Per Game- (26)

Rush Yards Allowed Per Game- (19)

Pass Yards Allowed Per Game- (29)

Sacks- (30)

Turnover Margin- (30)



15. Houston-


Good News- top draft pick C.J. Stroud, (85 TD’s and only 12 INT’s in 2 seasons at Ohio State) gives Texans' fans a reason for optimism heading into 2023


Bad News- Stroud lacks a standout WR and the new coaching staff gets BAL and JAX on the road in the first 3 weeks


OVER/UNDER Total Wins 6.5


Points Per Game- (30)

Rush Yards Per Game- (31)

Pass Yards Per Game- (25)

Sacks Allowed- (13)

Points Allowed Per Game- (27)

Rush Yards Allowed Per Game- (32)

Pass Yards Allowed Per Game- (10)

Sacks- (18)

Turnover Margin- (16)



16. Indianapolis-


Good News- new HC Shane Steichen, who helped develop Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia, hopes to do the same with 4th overall pick QB Anthony Richardson


Bad News- the pass rush, which was the one bright spot in 2022, lost sack leader Yannick Ngakoue (9.5)


OVER/UNDER Total Wins 6.5


Points Per Game- (30)

Rush Yards Per Game- (23)

Pass Yards Per Game- (23)

Sacks Allowed- (31)

Points Allowed Per Game- (28)

Rush Yards Allowed Per Game- (21)

Pass Yards Allowed Per Game- (11)

Sacks- (10)

Turnover Margin- (32)



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