AFC continues to drain NFC talent

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The balance of power in the NFL keeps shifting to the AFC.

The trade of Matt Ryan from Atlanta to Indianapolis becomes the latest move involving a highly talented veteran player leaving an NFC team for an AFC team.

In the past week, Russell Wilson was traded by Seattle to Denver, Davante Adams was shipped by the Packers to the Raiders, Amari Cooper‘s contract was dumped by the Cowboys to the Browns, Khalil Mack was dealt by the Bears to the Chargers, and now Ryan goes from the Falcons to the Colts.

In free agency, Brandon Scherff left Washington for Jacksonville, Von Miller migrated from Southern California to Western New York, Chandler Jones made the quick trip from Phoenix to Vegas, and Randy Gregory ditched Dallas for Denver.

Even Deshaun Watson sort of bailed on the NFC for the AFC, with his two final teams (Atlanta and New Orleans) losing out at the eleventh hour to the Browns.

It’s arguably the biggest imbalance of veteran talent since the merger. It will make it excruciatingly difficult for the AFC representative to earn a spot in Super Bowl LVII. In turn, it becomes a lot easier to navigate the NFC field. Then, when it’s time to play the Super Bowl, the AFC team may have nothing left, after running a gauntlet of great teams to get there.

Consider the current AFC: Cincinnati, Buffalo, Kansas City, Tennessee, Cleveland, Baltimore, New England, L.A., Las Vegas, Denver. That’s nine significant contenders, but only seven playoff spots. Throw in Miami, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis, and that’s 13 extremely viable contenders.

Too bad for the Jets, Jaguars, and Texans.

In the NFC, the Buccaneers get the biggest boost. They’ve unexpectedly kept Tom Brady, and they’ve otherwise retained key players and beefed up elsewhere. The Rams also should be in good shape. The 49ers will contend, if Trey Lance is ready. And the Packers will be viable, although perhaps not quite as strong without Adams.

20 responses to “AFC continues to drain NFC talent

  1. Everyone is still acting as if Lance if definitely the QB in San Fran next year.

    The market is drying up for Garoppolo. Are we seriously saying that if they can’t trade him they will release him?

  2. It’s been awhile since I’ve heard anyone refer to Matt Ryan as highly talented. I wonder how many Falcon fans would agree?

  3. The Brady effect. Rams and Bucs for the rights to SB in NFC. (Rodgers got his money so he could give a hoot.)

  4. The NFC playoff picture:

    West: Rams
    North: Pack
    South: Bucs
    East: Dallas

    WC: some real dreck here: Cardinals, Eagles, and one other absolute garbage team.

  5. Don’t forget the Dolphins signed Cedrick Wilson and its looking like they’re about to add Terron Armstead as well

  6. That’s like saying Joe Montana leaving to go to the Chiefs in his latter part of his career was draining talent from the NFC. It was not. In fact, the opposite. A Steve Young in his prime is 3x better than Montana in a Chiefs uniform. Also, we have not heard the last of Baker Mayfield. He is NOT Johnny Manziel. The kid has some talent and did something in a Browns uniform that very few have done. Beat the Steelers back to back and won a playoff game.

  7. Funny watching folks pencil in Brady for the Super Bowl. He’s lost three straight to the Rams.

  8. No mention of the Saints who were 5-2 before Jameis got hurt. Plus they beat TB twice and were able to win with Taysom as well. The four starts by Simien, and a couple stupid losses (NYG?) was too much for them to overcome.

  9. AFC is gonna be an absurd slugfest. And just as likely another NFC team wins it all.

  10. Even mentioning Mayfield in this group is an insult to at least 7 QBs in the AFC. We HAVE heard the last of shrimp/punk Baker unless he goes to some loser team & is given credit for going 5-12. Winning ONE single, solitary playoff gm in 4 yrs is no great accomplishment.

  11. I would rather have a ton of good qbs in the AFC so they can beat each other up and we don’t have one clear 1st round bye. Makes it more fun and competitive. In the NFC now that Adams is gone I think Rams have first round bye, Tampa, GreenBay, Dallas, San Fran, Philly and Minnesota

  12. AFC Championship game should be the Super Bowl.


    This makes no sense considering the NFC has won the last 2 Super Bowls.

  13. whoatherebuddy says:
    March 21, 2022 at 2:53 pm
    Have a funny feeling the next SB winner will be out of the NFC


    “Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.”

  14. wideright91 says:
    March 21, 2022 at 3:31 pm
    Patriots are NOT a contender


    With a list that long they are calling everyone that makes the playoffs a contender. So yes they are.

    Also, if out of that very long list thats the one team you immediately focus on, that too shows how much they are a contender.

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