Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is pressured by Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt (99) during the game at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs defeated the Texans 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The Rest of the AFC
Around the AFC things went quite well for Kansas City who holds head to head tiebreakers over Houston, Pittsburgh, and now Buffalo. Houston managed to completely dominate a bad New Orleans Saints defense but the surprising thing was how they were able to hold Drew Brees without a touchdown.
It was the first time that the Saints had not scored a touchdown in a game since 2005. The Texans are doing well for themselves with a resurgence on defense lead by J.J. Watt. They currently hold the sixth seed in the AFC playoff picture. The New York Jets were able to easily handle the fast crumbling Miami Dolphins. Ryan Fitzpatrick had himself quite a day throwing for 277 yards and four touchdowns. The Jets do have an issue to resolve in their multiple injuries to their secondary. Unless they can face Ryan Tannehill or Nick Foles every week they might get into some trouble.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost their defensive touch. While Ben Rothlisberger and the offense appear to be doing just fine through the injuries just ripping through the “Legion of Boom” for over 500 yards total, the defense cannot stop anyone. The Steelers really lack in situational football. They gave away the ball on a fake field goal, they let Seattle have big play after big play, and they continued to allow third down conversions. The Steelers’ loss gives the Chiefs the fifth seed in the AFC playoff picture.
AFC Wildcard Standings
Kansas City (6-5)
NY Jets (6-5)
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