Will this finally be the year when the perennial AFC elite is taken down? Every year we hear the same out stories about Team X (usually the Texans, Bengals, or Jaguars) tearing through the AFC and going to the Super Bowl. This year it seems that several teams are knocking on the door. Do you bet on the old guard, or is one of the new contenders for real? Old Guard Patriots Colts Steelers These three teams have won the AFC Championship in each of the last 7, and 8 of the last 9 seasons, with the only exception being '02 with the flash-in-the-pan Raiders. In those 9 seasons, these teams have combined for 12 AFCCG appearances. Contenders Chargers- Always contending, always disappointing Ravens- Looking very solid this year and picked by many to win it all Jets- Claim to be good Texans- Looking like a team ready to finally take the next step Bengals- Great young defense, went 4-0 vs. Ravens and Steelers last year What do you think? Does the trio hold up for one more year, or does one of the these teams finally break through into the Super Bowl?