What We Learned In The AFC - New England Patriots Earn A Top-Seed

New England Patriots team gathered around

Kevin Stott

Tuesday, January 3, 2017 5:17 PM GMT

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 5:17 PM GMT

This past Sunday in the AFC we learned a couple of things. First thing is that Michael Floyd was a brilliant signing by the Patriots. We also learned bad news for Mike McCoy and last but not least, that Robert Griffin III has actually had a decent month of football for the Cleveland.

New England Patriots Made Incredibly Wise Move Signing WR Michael Floyd

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (NFL-best 13-3 ATS) went into Miami in week 17 and spanked the Dolphins (12-4 Over), covering the bulky 7½- to 8-point spread, 35-14. Julian Edelman had a career day (8 receptions, 151 yards, TD) and new signee Michael Floyd—released by the Cardinals last month after a DUI arrest—had a huge impact making 3 catches for 36 yards and a TD and delivering the kind of block that makes real football fans a little damp, putting Dolphins DB Tony Lippett on his back and temporarily into concussion protocol as he sprung Edelman for a 77-yard TD. This is football:

With Malcolm Mitchell (Knee), Danny Amendola (Ankle) and Rob Gronkowski (Back, IR List) all injured, adding the Notre Dame product could help the Patriots win their 5th Super Bowl in the L16 seasons.

 

The Chargers Need A New City

The Chargers have been plagued by Injuries these L2 seasons, but after losing to the Chiefs—who went unbeaten in the AFC West—in San Diego, 37-27 to end the season 5-11, the team dismissed Head Coach Mike McCoy (28-38 SU).

So the future’s a mystery for Philip Rivers (19 interceptions) and this franchise although some expect the Bolts to move up the left coast and be rebranded in La La Land. Time will tell but dwelling in the same division as the defending Super Bowl champion Broncos, the Chiefs—proud owners of a Wild Card Playoff Round Bye this coming weekend—and the upstart Oakland Raiders doesn’t sound like a fun reality for whoever lands this franchise.

 

RG3 Has Earned Spot as Browns Starting QB Throughout December

The Browns (1-15 SU) have been the laughingstock of the NFL this regular season, but the way former Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III has played for Cleveland (3-12-1 ATS) these past several games, he’s certainly earned his spot as starter—or at least the respect of other teams seeking a starter—unless the Browns make a trade for eastern Illinois QB studs Tony Romo or Jimmy Garoppolo.


The former Baylor star and Heisman Trophy winner went 29-for-40 for 232 yards and 2 TDs—granted much against a 2nd-string Pittsburgh defense. In a Week 17 OT loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday, but it has been Griffin’s leadership and rushing ability which has given rebirth to his promise as a starter that has improved steadily since coming back from a fractured shoulder. After the game, RG3 said he wasn’t sure if he would be back with the Browns, but said “...I feel like I can help this team win games.”

 

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