How to predict when and how many games will be played in 2018: AFC East
The AFC East is back in action this season.
Which teams will win their division games?
Can we expect a rematch between the Ravens and Chiefs?
Will the Browns survive the AFC South?
How will the Steelers fare in their return to the Super Bowl?
The answer is all of these, but first, a quick look at how many regular season games will happen this year.
AFC East: Baltimore Ravens (8-6) The Ravens are the most surprising team in the AFC East, even if they were one of the league’s worst teams last year.
They were 4-10 last year, but still managed to win four games, and will play the Broncos, Bengals, Jets, Bills and Bills.
The Ravens have a big advantage going into their first game, as they already have two division titles and a wild-card spot locked up.
They also have a tough stretch of games to follow, starting with a bye week on Thursday.
AFC South: Cincinnati Bengals (8:30 p.m.
ET; Fox) The Bengals will likely be the first team to go on a tear in 2018, as it is a division that has a lot of playoff implications.
They won three games in a row from last year and are the defending champions.
They are a good team, and have played well in recent years.
They should have a very good game against the Bills and Jets, who are the top two teams in the league heading into their bye week.
Cincinnati’s road trip to the divisional round could be the toughest in years, and the Bengals could win their third straight division title.
AFC West: New England Patriots (10:30 a.m., Fox)The Patriots are a trendy pick for the playoffs, but they need to win one of their final four games to stay in the playoff race.
The Patriots have been the worst team in football this season, but will still play the Denver Broncos, Cincinnati Bengals, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders.
It will be a tough road to the AFC title game, and they will need to play their way back into the playoffs.
The Broncos and Chiefs are both favored, so the Patriots should win one game.
NFC East: Atlanta Falcons (10 a.y., NBCSN)The Falcons have an easy schedule heading into 2018.
They have three division titles, and two wild-cards.
The Falcons should have their best game of the season, as the Falcons are 3-0 against the NFC South.
They will need the Eagles and Packers to lose their final two games, which means the Falcons will have a chance to finish with a playoff berth.
They beat the Saints and Bengals in their divisional quarterfinal matchups, and that was enough for them to make the playoffs with just one loss.
NFC West: Arizona Cardinals (11:30a., FOX)The Cardinals will be one of a handful of teams that have a shot at winning their division, and their schedule is easy.
They face the Broncos and Seahawks in the first round, and then face the 49ers and Giants in the second.
They need to beat the Packers, Rams and Cowboys to make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The Cardinals will need at least one loss to clinch their spot, and a loss would get them into the wild-pack stage.
AFC North: Baltimore Colts (11 a.t., CBS)The Colts have a lot to be happy about heading into the offseason.
They finished the season with the worst record in the NFL, but have a good record of winning three or more games.
They can expect to get some good news on the injury front this offseason, as tight end Jack Doyle has a torn ACL.
They could still win one more game, but it is not likely.
They must win two games to keep their playoff hopes alive.
AFC Central: Green Bay Packers (11 p.s., Fox Sports1)The Packers have a nice schedule for the offseason, but their schedule could be tougher.
They play the Bengals and Steelers in their first games of the year.
The Packers are 2-1 in their last three games, but should have to win their final game to stay alive.
The Bengals and Lions have been good this season in their wild-and-crazy division.
AFC Western: Arizona Chargers (12:30p., CBSSN)After losing their opening game of their season, the Chargers should be playing a lot better this year, as well.
They’ve been a lot more consistent in their wins, and it will be interesting to see how well they play this season when they are all healthy.
NFC North: Dallas Cowboys (1:30pm ET, CBS)Dallas will likely have to play four games this year to stay afloat in the NFC West, and even that is a little challenging.
They’ll have a few road