AFC North Champion – Ravens (16-0)
The Ravens come into the PML postseason as the leagues only undefeated team and have ran through the season in a dominant fashion. The Ravens have the #1 ranked defense and #3 ranked offense. It is unheard of to have the top rushing and passing defense but the Ravens made that happen. On the offensive side of the ball, they hold claim to the top rushing attack.
Notable wins – Defeated Bills (AFC East Champ) by 13. Took out the Bengals (AFC Wildcard) by 8. All other games were won by at least 14 or more points.
Key Offensive Players – Alex Collins, AFC Running Back of the Year and Willie Snead, their top WR.
Key Defensive Players – C.J. Mosley and Matthew Judon. Judon is returning from an injury. Before he went down Judon was in the running for league MVP and AFC Defensive Player of the Year.
AFC South Champion – Texans (11-5)
The Texans are a hard team to get a real playoff outlook on. They only played 9 games and came away with a 7-2 record in them. In the games they did manage to play they showcased a balanced attack with their passing and running game. In those 9 games played the Texans only beat one playoff team when they took out the Cowboys 30 to 27.
Key Injuries – JJ Watt (98 LE) and Andre Hal (86 SS)
AFC East Champion – Bills (11-5)
The Bills head into the PML postseason as one of the hottest teams in the league and are currently on a 6 game win streak. They dominated the AFC awards race taking home league MVP, Rookies of year, and offensive and defensive players of the year! They have the #4 ranked passing attack and are #6 in the league in scoring putting up 30 points per game. On the defensive side, the Bills have the #9 ranked defense and are #2 in both total sacks and interceptions this season. One thing of note the Bills must overcome, out of their 5 losses, 4 have come against playoff teams and none of their wins have come when matched up against playoff teams. The Bills are built for the future but are looking to win right now.
Key offensive players – Josh Allen, AFC QB of the year, Offensive Player of the Year, and Offensive Rookie of the Year
Key defensive player – Tremaine Edmunds, MVP, LB of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, and Defensive Rookie of the Year
Key injuries – Desean Jackson (86 WR), Jerry Hughes (84 RE), and Star Lotulelei (78 DT)
AFC West Champion – Broncos (9-7)
Like the Texans, the Broncos are another playoff team that is tough to get a read on. They only played 7 games coming away with a record of 3 – 4, and in those 7 games they went 0 -3 against playoff teams losing by an average of 16 points.
AFC Wildcard – Colts (10 – 6)
AFC Wildcard – Bengals (10-6)
The Bengals snuck into the PML postseason by winning their final 6 games after starting the season 4 – 6. The Bengals are led by their #2 ranked defense. With possibly the best defensive end tandem in the PML the Bengals ranked #4 in total sacks. Their running back Joe Mixon was #2 in AFC RB of the Year. AJ Green took home the WR of the Year and was the Bengals anchor all season on the offensive side of the ball. When matched up against playoff teams the Bengals faired decently with a 2 - 3 record.
Key offensive players – AJ Green, AFC WR of the Year and Joe Mixon, PML leader in rushing yard.
Key defensive player – DE’s Carlos Dunlap and Carl Lawson were tied for #3 in the PML with 20 sacks a piece
Post Season Prediction (via King Mike owner of Bengals)
Broncos over Colts
Bengals over Bills
Bengals over Texans
Ravens over Broncos
Ravens over Bengals