Other than Denver and Houston, are there any teams that are actually contenders?
NE has barely been able to beat BUF and NYJ so far. Even once they get Gronk, I refuse to believe that he won't need weeks or months to get back to where he was last year. And the Pats need him to be even better than he was last year because of how depleted they are on offense. I'm not convinced that a Gronk recovering from injury will be enough to push this team up to contender status.
CIN is another team that could perhaps kick it up to contender status as season goes on but they have a lot of work to do to get there.
Compared to NFC where you have teams like SF, SEA, ATL, GB, NO, PHI, CHI and Dallas to some degree, the AFC just looks so weak.
Its funny cause in the past you had teams like NE, IND, SD, PIT, BAL among others in the AFC who looked like legitimate contenders and now we have...1, maybe 2 depending on how you feel about Houston.