DIVISION LEADERS: How they got there and how they stay.

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  1. guitarDADDY1208

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    Week 10 is the time of the season when the teams in the drivers seat of their divisions begin to look at the playoff picture. Still a lot of football to be played yet sitting atop the standings puts both a chip on their shoulders and a target on their backs. Lets take a look at each division leader and discuss how they've gotten there at this point in the season and what it's gonna take for them to stay there.

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    AFC East: Buffalo Bills (5-3)
    The Bills are currently leading the AFC East by the smallest of margins in the entire league sitting only a half game ahead of the New England Patriots (5-4). The Bills find themselves leading the AFC East thanks in large part to their run defense, by only allowing 37.8 yards per game the Bills have the number one ranked defense defending the run. In a league that is plagued by INTs Buffalo can finish the season with a division title as long as they can continue to force their opponents to rely on their passing game. But alas there is always a darker side to any story. The Bills cannot sleep on their division rivals in Foxborough. The Patriots defeated the Bills 31-17 back in week 6 (their largest margin of defeat). The Bills will face the Pats again in week 17 a game that could very well determine which team takes the AFC East Title!

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    AFC West: San Diego Chargers (8-1)
    The Bolts started the season 0-1 after a 24-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in week 1 but quickly turned themselves around and have won 8 straight games to sit with a comfortable lead over the second place Kansas City Chiefs (4-4). The Chargers success can be linked primarily to their defense allowing 179.8 yards per game San Diego has the 3rd best defense in the league. At their current rate the Chargers are the favorites to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. The Chargers need to keep focused as they head into a week 10 bye as their AFC West rivals in Oakland will look to spoil their fun come week 11.

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    AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers (7-2)
    Many people expected the Steelers to be a middle of the pack team at best but alas they have surprised us all as they hold the advantage over the second place Baltimore Ravens (6-3). The Steelers can thank their running game for their success. Their work horse Le'Veon Bell has played some fantastic football for the Steel City as his 9 TDs have him only 5 off the league leader (Adrian Peterson 14). And lets not forget about defense. Pittsburgh has been looking like the old Steel Curtain (only 3 opponents have scored in double digits all season). The Steelers have only their remaining games with the Bengals left to complete the division sweep but also have a couple more division leaders on their schedule that could help close the gap for the Ravens.

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    AFC South: Tennessee Titans (6-2)
    After a disappointing 0-2 start the Titans have won 6 straight games and now sit atop the AFC South ahead of the early season favorite Colts (5-4). DEFENSE BABY! The Titans are a force to be reckoned with as they have the #1 defense in the league (166.3 ypg) as well as the #1 defense against the pass (114.1 ypg). The question for the Titans will be how well can that defense hold up they have a hand full of games against sub .500 teams left to play but also have to face the Ravens (6-3), Steelers (7-2), and Giants (8-1). As long as Tennessee can continue to dominate on the defensive side of the ball they have a good chance to come away with their first AFC South title since 2008.

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    NFC East: New York Giants (8-1)
    The G-Men hold the largest division lead in the league over the second place Dallas Cowboys (4-5). The Giants have found success this season in the passing game. Victor Cruz currently leads the league in both yards (689) and TDs (6) (tied with Tampa's Vincent Jackson also with 6). New York also boasts the 3rd best defense against the run (46.2 ypg). Of all the division leaders the Giants have the best opportunity to finish the seasons with a division title. The Giants have possibly their biggest challenge all season coming up in week 11 when they host the undefeated San Fransisco 49ers.

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    NFC West: San Fransisco 49ers (8-0)
    The lone undefeated team in the league and the heavy Super Bowl favorite. The 49ers currently hold the advantage over the Cardinals (6-2) and they have done it with a dominating offensive attack. San Fransisco currently holds the #1 spot in both total offense (281.3 ypg) and rushing offense (139.4 ypg) as well as leading the league in scoring (25.8 ppg). They also have two players at the top of their stat categories, Frank Gore #2 in rushing yards (820 yds) and Patrick Willis leads the league in INTs (13). The 49ers have a very tough remaining schedule as they have games with 3 other division leaders Saints (7-1), Giants (8-1), and Chargers (8-1) as well as a week 17 matchup with their division rival Arizona Cardinals in a game that has the makings of a winner take all game in the West.

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    NFC North: Green Bay Packers (6-2)
    The North is lead by the Pack with a small lead over the Minnesota Vikings (5-4) and it's no surprise that the largest contributions to this lead are from QB Aaron Rodgers who currently leads the league with 15 TD passes. But it's not all offense for the Packers as CB Casey Hayward's 7 INTs has him tied for 3rd in the league. Green Bay still needs to take care of the league's leading rusher AP and the Vikings once more to get the season sweep of Minny and with some tough games between the Pats (5-4) and Bills (5-3) it's far from smooth sailing ahead for the cheese heads but in the words of Aaron Rodgers just stay relaxed!

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    NFC South: New Orleans Saints (7-1)
    Who Dat! The Saints hold a fairly comfortable lead over the Buccs (4-4) in the NFC South and like the 49ers it's thanks in big part to their offense. The Saints currently sit 3rd in points per game (24.5) and 7th in total yards per game (259.6). QB Drew Brees has proven that age is only a number he's a big part of the Saints offensive success with a 67.1 completion percentage, 14 TDs to 8 INTs, and 1,498 yards he finds himself still as one of the league's elite QBs. The Saints still have a few huge tests to complete their run at an NFC South title still having to face the 49ers (8-0), Ravens (6-3) and Steelers (7-2).
     
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  2. thafuture3886

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    13 interceptions for Pat Willis?? wtf is going on lol

    MrWitness36 is cheating! lmfao jk

    Good stuff Mike! AFC North represent! (y)
     
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  3. ThaBayouChef

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    Great piece man, love it!!!!!
     
  4. LtJustice

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    Great write up Michael!

    Congrats to all that have found some success so far this season. The Browns will be looking to play spoiler against a couple of these teams ;).
     
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  5. Ninersfan80

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    Nice write up.

    Will someone beat the Niners!?
    Seems to be a lot of dominating teams so far this year
     
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  6. redlishus

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    Well done.
     
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  7. Michael Overman

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    Well Done Michael !! Enjoyed the read

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  8. MrWitness36

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    I don't know what to say the man catches everything...sometimes I'm just like wow lol. Nice write up bro I just wish I didn't have a target on my back
     
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  9. guitarDADDY1208

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    Lose the goose egg in the L column will help shrink that target lol!
     
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    nice job!!!
     

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