The AFC West was a two team race in 2015. The Denver Broncos found themselves on top of the division, for a fifth consecutive season, after a close battle with the surging Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs’ 10 game winning streak to close the season was not enough to seal the deal as Denver’s division championship was secured following a week 17 victory over the San Diego Chargers. Will Kansas City’s fortunes be better in 2016? Will the Broncos prove, for a sixth straight time, that they are the team to beat in the AFC West? What about the up and coming Oakland Raiders? Will the ascending Raiders shock the world?
The AFC East has been the least interesting division for over a decade because of one team: the New England Patriots. The Patriots continue to find ways to win this division, regardless of the circumstances that may interfere. With another one of those circumstances getting in the way, is 2016 the year when the reigns of the AFC East are finally snatched from the four time Superbowl champions?
The AFC South was a weak division in 2015; producing two teams with losing records and one team which should have finished with a worse record than it actually did. The Houston Texans finished with a 7-2 record after a 1-5 start to win the AFC South with nine wins. Will the Texans have the good fortunes to repeat in 2016? Will the Indianapolis Colts reclaim the division they have dominated for over a decade? Will there be a surprise champion in this season?
The AFC North produced two playoff teams in 2015: the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals captured their second division championship in three seasons while the Steelers reached the postseason as the wild card. The bitter rivals faced each other in one of the most physical playoff games in recent memory leaving no doubt in fan’s minds that there is no love lost between the two franchises. With Cincinnati and Pittsburgh equally projected to take the crown in 2016, which one will reign supreme over the other?
The Arizona Cardinals won the NFC West in 2015. The Cardinals are talented enough to win it again. The Seattle Seahawks will have something to say about that. This division will be a two team race in 2016. Who will get to the finish line first?
The NFC East stunk in 2016. Three of the four teams had losing record. The Washington Redskins fell into the top spot and clinched the division late in the year. Significant improvements were made to all four teams in this division. Expected to be better in 2016, who will rise to the occasion and actually claim the east?
The Carolina Panthers dominated the NFC South in 2015. The Panthers won the division en route to making NFL history by becoming the first team to win the NFC South for three consecutive years. Is there anyone in the NFC South that can give Carolina a run for their money in 2016?