After a smorgasbord of football feats during Thanksgiving week gave NFL fans everywhere an opportunity to satisfy their appetites, four teams are starting to set themselves apart from the rest of the AFC.
The Denver Broncos — thanks in large part to Peyton Manning and a disappointing Chiefs team — won again on Sunday, and increased their lead in the AFC West over the San Diego Chargers.
Back in New England, the Patriots beat the Jets in a laugher on Thursday night, widening their spot atop the AFC East perch. That extended their winning streak to five with a showdown looming against the Dolphins in Miami next week.
The Baltimore Ravens squeaked by the Steelers without Ben Roethlisberger, but have maintained their winning ways and lead the suddenly-down AFC North. And with Ray Rice running wild on teams, watch out.
And then there are the Houston Texans. They share the best record in the NFL at 10-1 with the Atlanta Falcons, and won a wild game in Detroit, thanks in large part to multiple Lions miscues. Coach Jim Schwartz‘s premature throwing of a challenge flag was particularly glaring and cost the Lions seven points. But even with that record, are the Texans the best team in the AFC?