American Football Conference XL

Take a quick tour de force through the AFC to gather the most essential information in one quick-read article!


"For me starting my season this week, I feel like I did pretty good,  but I can do better."  -- Dolphins running back Ricky Williams who had just 8 yards rushing on five carries and 22 yards on six catches on Sunday versus Tampa Bay.

"We're going to have three more healthy guys to look at, and that maybe could help us if we have some injuries. Now that tough part of it is, they may be ready 
to go and you may not have room to put them on (the active roster). The problem is that you may have to cut someone, and you may not have people that you want to cut. But it's a very good problem to have, from a coach's standpoint." -- Colts head coach Tony Dungy talking about DT Josh Williams, LB Tyjuan Hagler, and DB Von Hutchins who are all on the PUP list but eligible to be activated over the next three weeks.

"To play well on the road against a playoff team speaks volumes about how far this team has come and, hopefully, it speaks volumes about where it's going." -- Jaguars DT Marcus Stroud after Jacksonville won in overtime in Pittsburgh

"One of these days it's going to catch up to us." -- Broncos defensive end Ebenezer Ekuban after the Patriots dissolved a Denver 28-3 lead in the third quarter to just an eight-point edge by the end of the game. It was the second week in a row that the Broncos survived a late push by their opponent after building a comfortable lead.

"He got kneed in the ribs. He also pulled his groin. He got hit pretty good and was in pretty good pain through his lower body." -- Raiders head coach Norv Turner on wide receiver Randy Moss.


Former Colts quarterback Kelly Holcomb is now 2-0 as a starter for the Bills (6-9 overall as a NFL starter). He completed 18 of 26 passes for 172 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions against the Jets -- the NFL's 8th best defense. The Bills are now 3-3 and are tied for first-place with the Patriots in the AFC East.

Dolphins DT Jason Taylor only saw limited action in pass rush situations on Sunday due to a foot injury he suffered in the first quarter of play. Head coach Lou Saban wouldn't comment on the injury beyond saying, "I don't think it's going to be something that will keep him out long term based on what we know about it right now."

New England allowed three plays of 55 yards or more in their Sunday loss to Denver. They have allowed an average of 125 yards rushing per game and after allowing just 260 points over 16 games last season, they've already allowed 164 this year. 

Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde thew two interceptions and was sacked five times during New York's loss to the Bills. Running back Curtis Martin had a season-high 148 yards rushing. Veteran defensive back Ty Law has drawn a bunch of penalty flags this season, but he has also picked off three passes during the first six weeks.

The Ravens defense held the Browns to just three points and only allowed them past the Baltimore 46-yard line once all game. Running back Jamal Lewis continues to struggle, rushing for just 59 yards versus Cleveland.

The Bengals (5-1) take on the Steelers this weekend in Cincinnati. They bested Tennessee 31-23 with fourteen of the points being set up by defensive takeaways. Cincinnati now has 21 takeaways while only surrendering the ball five times this season for a +16 ratio.

The Browns had three turnovers, gave up four sacks, and were flagged three times for penalties on punt returns in their loss to the Ravens. They were held to a 24-yard field goal on Sunday, and have just one red zone touchdown for the season.

Ben Roethlisberger will be back for the Steelers this weekend against Cincinnati. The Steelers defense will try to keep their 19-game streak of not allowing a 100-yard runner alive against the man who last achieved that feat. Bengals running back Rudi Johnson rushed for 123 yards in the fourth game of 2004. And former Colts punter Chris Gardocki's streak of 1,067 punts almost ended with a deflection by the Jaguars that traveled just nine yards. 

The Texans offense only managed 67 yards rushing while the defense allowed a Seattle franchise record 320 yards on the ground. David Carr was sacked three times, which sadly is the best performance of the year by the offensive line. The Texans also lost one of their best players for the season, LB Kailee Wong, who tore the patella tendon in his right knee.

Colts running back James Mungro is expected to be back in action when the Colts play the Texans this Sunday. He's been out of action since hurting his knee against the Jaguars.

The Jaguars have a bye week after playing a tough early season schedule and managing a 4-2 record. Greg Jones subbed for injured running back Fred Taylor and had 77 yards rushing on 18 carries. Quarterback Byron Leftwich was sacked three times and was picked off once, completing 19 of 35 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown.

Tennessee's Adam "Pac Man" Jones continues to be challenged as a rookie. He was flagged for a 34-yard pass interference call and was also beat for a 15-yard touchdown pass while trying to cover the Bengals' Chad Johnson. This week, he and the rest of the inexperienced Tennessee secondary will face the Cardinals' duo of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. 

The Broncos are keeping their 5-1 start in perspective since they were 5-1 in each of the past two seasons and still haven't won a division title or a playoff game since 1998. Cornerback Champ Bailey was back in the lineup for Denver after missing two games with a hamstring injury.

Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen, who notched nine sacks in his rookie campaign last year had three sacks, forced and recovered two fumbles and helped force a third that was returned by Sammy Knight for a touchdown against Washington. TE Tony Gonzalez was limited to only two catches for the second straight week.

The Raiders are coming off a bye week after a big loss to the Chargers. They have lost 14 of their last 16 AFC West games. They face the Bills this weekend and may have to do it without wide receiver Randy Moss.

The Chargers head to Philadelphia to take on a third-straight opponent who is coming off a bye week. They are hoping that two members of their secondary, starting cornerback Drayton Florence and backup Sammy Davis, will be able to recover from ankle sprains in time to help the defense's efforts against Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens.

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