2. LA Chargers
Any non-Charger fan reading this article is going to call me a homer for ranking the LA Chargers as the second-best team in the AFC and that is fine. At the end of the day, the Chargers have all of the pieces it takes to win football games and even if we assume they don't fill their remaining holes (they will in the draft), they are still in a great position.
The Bolts have an elite quarterback that is capable of winning the MVP award next season. He has great weapons with an elite trio of Keenan Allen, Mike Williams and Austin Ekeler (and a solid tight end in Gerald Everett). He has an offensive line that, at worst, is league average with an elite right side.
Defensively, the Chargers added two serious blue-chippers and completely rebuilt the defensive line. Most importantly, the team added pieces that will better fit Brandon Staley's defense, which remember, ranked no. 1 in the NFL in 2020.
We are not being homers. The Chargers rank fifth in the league and third in the AFC in Mike Clay's latest unit grades. That is with Clay ranking Herbert as the seventh-best quarterback in the league. If Herbert is an MVP finalist as we suspect, the Bolts become the second-best team in the AFC, which is where we have them.
1. Buffalo Bills
It is hard to deny the Buffalo Bills as the best team in the AFC right now. Josh Allen is the favorite to win the MVP and the Bills have a great defense to go along with him. The team did not sacrifice any draft capital and can build in the draft while also making offseason additions already.
While I am not huge on Von Miller's contract and his ability to produce consistently in the regular season, we all saw how great he was for the Rams in the playoffs last year. With a healthier secondary that was already one of the best in the league last year, the Bills are in great shape.
There is a possibility that the Chargers will take on the Bills in the AFC Championship Game next season and both fanbases are extremely deserving of a Super Bowl trip.