AFC West will have two wild-card teams

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Staff member
Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA

By Shannon Sharpe

(Nov. 27, 2005) -- The AFC rankings are virtually set.

Obviously, Indianapolis is the top team and Denver is a close second and will battle them for home field throughout the playoffs. The Colts have too many weapons on offense and defense, though.

Cincinnati is playing well and will get in, as it should. Carson Palmer is having a great season. Chad Johnson, Rudi Johnson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh also are playing well, as is the defense.

Throw in the AFC East and you get your fourth division winner, the Patriots. They have injury after injury, their running game is shaky at best right now, and they force Tom Brady to throw 50 times a game. That is not exactly what makes up a championship team. The good news for them is the other teams in their division are the Bills, Dolphins and Jets, and they're going nowhere this season.

After that, it gets a bit tricky. Pittsburgh has a tough road ahead. It will play Indianapolis on Monday night, then Cincinnati at home, Chicago at home and at Minnesota before finishing it out against Cleveland and Detroit. Those next four games obviously are going to be tough, to say the least. Ben Roethlisberger has missed four games this season, and the Steelers are not the same team without him. If I had to guess, I would say they aren't going to make the playoffs.

So who does that leave? Kansas City and San Diego.

As we all know by now, the Chargers started off the season 0-2, then 2-3. Now they sit at 7-4 and have the key ingredients for a top-quality team: a strong running game and a good defense. We don't even need to talk about how great LaDainian Tomlinson is. The guy simply is unbelievable and can go the distance at any moment, as evidenced by his game-winning run against the Redskins.

On the other side of the ball, San Diego can stop the run. I would feel a little more secure in the Chargers if they had a better pass defense. Their only two losses since September came by two points to Pittsburgh and three points to Philadelphia.

Kansas City's defense is not as good as San Diego's, but the Chiefs can score. With Trent Green putting the ball up and Larry Johnson running with it, they will be OK.

Jacksonville is in the mix as well, but I just think San Diego and Kansas City are better teams.

So the way I see the AFC shaking out is: Indy, Denver, Cincinnati, New England, San Diego and Kansas City.


Well-Known Member
Nov 4, 2005
Well, it is possible. I just don't see the Chiefs winning out with their schedule. Even though they are a better team than Jacksonville.