Before the season began, an argument could have been made for any one of three AFC divisions to be the top of the class. Sorry West, you weren’t invited to the party.
After three weeks, not a lot has been settled in the debate for divisional
supremacy. The East and South divisions each contain three teams with
identical 2-1 straight-up (SU) records while Baltimore and Cincinnati balance
Miami impressed with back-to-back road wins to start the season but couldn’t
handle the New York Jets Sunday night. New England has looked very good
on offense for two and-a-half of its three games but a defensive breakdown
cost bettors against the Bills and in the only half where the Pats offense was
shutout, the Jets made them pay dearly.
Going back to the end of last season, New York’s record is now 6-2 SU/ATS in
its past eight games and 9-3 SU/ATS in its past 12. No one seems willing to
crown King Sanchez just yet, but a 75-percent record for bettors is at least
worth a tip of the cap.
The Bengals have an edge over the Ravens, not just for beating them
straight-up in Week 2 but also for dominating the Panthers Sunday with an
offense that didn’t even shift out of second gear.
Baltimore does lead the AFC in fewest points allowed (41) but Tennessee is
right behind, giving up just 42. And Houston is the only one of 10 teams in
the conference with a winning record that has allowed more points (78) than
they have scored (77).
If you can find anyone that says they projected the Steelers (3-0 SU/ATS) to
win three-straight games to start the season, shake their hand, say
“Congratulations” and then never buy any real estate or insurance from that
QB Charlie Batch guided the Steelers to a an absolute drubbing of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday, making plays and proving he is a capable backup. A Steelers team that was lost in `09 when defensive standout Troy Polamalu went down has positioned themselves as legitimate Super Bowl contenders.
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