Which team will be the most dangerous in the AFC Championship?
Posted On June 18, 2021
The most dangerous team in the league this year is the Indianapolis Colts, and they’ve already earned their spot as one of the most lethal teams in the game.
The Indianapolis Colts have racked up more points per game than any other team in history, and have outscored opponents by more than 2,000 yards.
They’re currently in first place in the NFL with a whopping 10-1 record.
The team’s defense is no slouch, either, having allowed just 2,716 yards over their last seven games.
The defense is led by one of football’s elite pass rushers, Trent Cole, who is leading the NFL in sacks.
The defensive front is led in sacks by one-time All-Pro safety Jerrell Freeman, who leads the NFL for interceptions with four.
The Colts defense is also a threat on special teams, allowing just 10.7 points per contest on kickoffs, but also holding opponents to under 40 yards rushing on 28.6 percent of their attempts.
The team’s offense is led primarily by the play of quarterback Andrew Luck, who has been one of two quarterbacks in NFL history to throw for 3,000+ yards in consecutive games (the other is Tom Brady, who did it three times in 2009-10).
Luck has completed over 65 percent of his passes for 3.4 touchdowns and 7.2 interceptions over his last seven contests.
The offense, led by wide receiver Marqise Lee, is also among the NFL’s most efficient at converting passes into points.
Lee has scored over 1,000 points in every game this season, and has tallied 3,700 receiving yards.
The Indianapolis Colts are the first team to have three different starting quarterbacks in the same season since the New England Patriots did it in 2008.
The Patriots were led by a trio of former first-round picks, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger.
The two first-year quarterbacks played a combined 57 games, and finished with a combined 4,897 passing yards and 25 touchdowns to 10 interceptions.
In addition to the trio, the Colts are led by running back Frank Gore, who was a fifth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2010.
Gore has averaged more than 1,200 rushing yards per season for the Colts, while averaging more than 200 receiving yards per game.
The defense is currently tied for the league lead in interceptions.
The New York Giants are second with three interceptions, followed by the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers with two each.
The Houston Texans are also tied for second in interceptions, and are led in interceptions by safety Terence Newman and linebacker Johnathan Joseph.
The Texans have also allowed just five touchdowns in the last three games.
New England is tied for third with four interceptions, with the Seattle Seahawks tied for fifth with two.
The New England Bills have surrendered just two touchdown passes in their last three contests.
In contrast, they’ve allowed just nine touchdowns in their previous eight games.
In a battle of two teams that have yet to play each other in a regular season game, the Buffalo Bills are the better team, with a 14-7 record and a 5-0 record against the New York Jets.
The Jets are tied for fourth in the NFC East with a 7-6 record, and the Patriots are tied with the Denver Broncos for third in the conference with a 5,611-yard total offense.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are the defending AFC champions, and their two-game winning streak is tied with New England for the most in the history of the league.
The Steelers are led most notably by linebacker Artie Burns, who played in all 16 games in 2014 and was a three-time Pro Bowler, earning Defensive Player of the Year honors in each of his first two seasons.
The offensive line is led solely by right tackle David DeCastro, who ranks sixth in the League with a career-high 11.5 sacks.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are led offensively by wideout Rishard Matthews, who broke through as a rookie this season.
Matthews has caught 57 passes for 1,914 yards and five touchdowns.
Matthews was named AFC Offensive Player of Week three in 2015 after catching 51 passes for 686 yards and seven touchdowns.
The Jacksonville Jaguars also lead the NFL by leading the league in total offense (6,861 yards) and passing (5,879 yards) through six games.
The Cleveland Browns are tied on the road for the fourth-best record in the entire NFL with an 8-5 record.
The Browns have been the team to score the most points in a game just once in the first five games of the season.
The Carolina Panthers are the only team with a winning record against both the New Orleans Saints and New England, as they’ve scored the fewest points per outing (6.6) and opponents (7.6).
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