Old guard: Chargers, Steelers, Colts, Ravens, Pats. Supposed new guard: Jets, Dolphins, Texans, Chiefs. All five old guard were at crossroads at the beginning of the year, needing to rebuild aspects of their game in order to remain in the elite. All but the Pats have instead eroded significantly; their strengths are no longer dominant. The new guard was supposedly poised to win their divisions and take their place among the elite. KC looks ok, but may have peeked. The others are in trouble (The Jets due to the expectations and resulting fragile emotional state). Summary: Who woulda thunk it? It's great to be a Pats fan!!!! Keep those shades handy.