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Continued: Mark Craig's look at the AFC

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Last update: September 3, 2014 - 6:48 AM

Kaepernick was a second-rounder in 2011 and Wilson was a third-rounder in 2012. Luck has a long list of NFL records for a quarterback after one and two seasons. But he never has been to a conference title game and is nine days from turning 25. For gosh sakes, get crackin’, Andrew.

The Colts have concerns on the offensive line and in the middle of their defense. But that’s no excuse for Luck not to win the AFC South.

After all, his predecessor, Manning, won a Super Bowl while covering up blemishes on teams that were more flawed than this.

Ryan on powder keg?

There are a few AFC coaches on the proverbial hot seat. Joe Philbin in Miami, Dennis Allen in Oakland, whoever was coaching the Browns as this edition of the Star Tribune went to press.

But you have to admire Jets coach Rex Ryan’s courage. Adding Michael Vick to a tense situation and pretending Geno Smith still is your starter isn’t beyond taking your spot on the hot seat.

It’s striking a match and smoking a cigar while sitting atop an open crate of TNT. Especially when your defense isn’t good enough to extinguish the flame.

Milestone ahead

Manning is second in NFL history with 491 career touchdown passes. He needs 18 more to break Brett Favre’s mark of 508. A year ago, Manning became the first player in NFL history to throw 16 touchdown passes in the first month of a season.

MARK CRAIG





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Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
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