I know we are only halfway through the season but there are a few games this weekend that could shape the rest of the season in the AFC.
Ravens/Bengals - Can the Ravens carry over momentum from a big win last week to split the season series with the Bengals or will the Bengals (who as of noon today had still not sold out) put a stranglehold on the division tie-breaker. The winner of this game is probably on their way to a Wild Card birth and the loser is probably golfing in January. I like the Ravens intensity from last week to carry over and win this game by double digits.
Texans/Colts - Undefeated Colts, Payton Manning, at home...Normally it should be no-brainer but the Colts D is beat up and Bob Sanders is done for the year. The Colts squeeked by at home against the 49ers last week and Houston's offense has been ridculous. I like their tandom of Moats/Slayton out of the backfield and believe that Kevin Walter will step up for the injured Owen Daniels in the red zone. I'll take the Texans by 6 in the upset.
Dolphins/Patriots - New England separates themselves from the rest of the AFC east with a win here. They are prone to the big play in the Wildcat formation but things are really coming together for them. Too many holes in Miami's D and Henne is going to struggle against the Patriots in New England. Patriost don't win by as much as they have in their last two games but they win by two touchdowns+.
Steelers/Broncos - Broncos Offense was flat against Baltimore and the Defense showed some holes in the second half. Pittsburg is on Fire winning 4 in a row and coming off a bye with 2 weeks to prepare. This is a big test for McDaniels and the Broncos, but I think they come through in another close one at home. The X-Factor will be Santonio Holmes vs. the Broncos special teams. If they can get their act together - which they will - they will be 7-1. Broncos by 3.