Trap games always end up being littered throughout the NFL season for some of the better teams in the league. For the AFC, the competition is more top heavy than the NFC, but after looking through all 16 teams’ schedules, I have identified three of the biggest potential traps games in the AFC this season.
Week 6 Steelers vs. Dolphins
The Steelers are set to be one of the best teams in the AFC this season. However, recent news on Friday seems to point to Le’Veon Bell missing some drug tests, which could lead to a four-game suspension. Either way, he will be back by Week 6 if his appeal doesn’t get him back sooner, which could put him and the rest of the Steelers in position for a big trap game in Week 6.
In Week 5 the Steelers will play a tough home game against the Jets, and after they travel to Miami in Week 6 they will welcome in the Patriots to Heinz Field in Week 7. That trip to the warm confines of Miami could end up being a big trap game for the Steelers. Miami is not going to be a great team, but they are good enough to knock off the Steelers if Pittsburgh doesn’t bring their A-game. The Dolphins will almost surely be home dogs on the MLB betting odds in that game, so taking the points, or teasing the home dogs might be a good MLB pick in this early-season game.
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Week 11 49ers vs. Patriots
The 49ers showed up as a trap game potential in my NFC article, and they are back again for the AFC, but this time against the Patriots. New England isn’t typically a team that gets caught off guard and falls victim to a trap game, but with Tom Brady suspended for the first four games, it really remains to be seen what kind of season the Pats will have.
However, after their Week 9 bye the Patriots will face off against the Seahawks, one of, if not their biggest regular season game of the season. Sandwiched in between that game and a road game against the Jets is a road game against the 49ers. Traveling cross-country is never easy for any teams, even the best ones. While the 49ers are likely going to be hot garbage on the field this season, they could slide into a backdoor cover against the Patriots if the Pats are looking ahead to New York in Week 12. While I don’t expect the Pats to get caught off guard too much, it is possible if the Niners surprise some people and are actually a competitive football team this season.
Week 11 Buccaneers vs. Chiefs
The Chiefs are going to be looking to take over the AFC West with the departure of Peyton Manning from Denver. The Chiefs were a great team last season despite losing their best offensive and defensive player to injury in the middle of the season and if they can stay healthy, they should easily be in the AFC playoff picture in 2016.
However, they have a huge trap game on the schedule in Week 11 against the Bucs. The Chiefs travel to Carolina in Week 10 and then have another road game in Week 12 against their divisional rivals, the Broncos. The Bucs are sandwiched in between those two tough road games, and considering it’s at home, and in between two tough road games, this one screams trap game. The Bucs are still a dangerous offensive team, and if Jameis Winston improves this year, the Chiefs could easily get caught off guard.