Sunday, August 29, 2010
NFL Predictions: AFC East
The AFC East is always competitive, but this year's division is even better than those of recent memory. *Insert Rex Ryan fat joke here*.
4. Buffalo Bills - The Bills remind me of MLB's Baltimore Ravens - stuck at the bottom of a very good division, year after year. Until Buffalo finds a true franchise QB, it may be stuck there. Guys like J.P. Losman, Trent Edwards, and Ryan Fitzpatrick have played respectably but simply don't have the talent to get the job done. Buffalo also got a little worse at WR when T.O. left for Cincinnati. Buffalo's one bright spot is its backfield: Marshawn Lynch, Fred Jackson, and C.J. Spiller provide quite the triple threat. 5 wins for Buffalo this year.
3. Miami Dolphins - The Dolphins are a dangerous team this year and have an outside shot at a playoff run. Chad Henne played fairly well last season, and he'll likely be even better with some experience under his belt. The key acquisition in Miami was Brandon Marshall. Marshall may be the solution to Miami's wide receiver woes of the last few years. The defense added LB Karlos Dansby, but lost LBs Joey Porter and Jason Taylor. Look for the Dolphins to be in contention this season until week 13 or so.
2. New England Patriots - The Patriots are always a threat with Tom Brady at the helm. Wes Welker has made a remarkably speedy return, so he'll line up with Randy Moss and other wideouts like Brandon Tate and Julian Edelman. Enormous TE Rob Gronkowski will make an immediate impact. The big question mark this year, and every year it seems, is the Patriots' defense. Look for them to be improved, but still with a few holes.
1. New York Jets - On paper, the Jets are scary good. Offseason additions like WR Santonio Holmes and RB LaDanian Tomlinson help the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets improve their offense. Mark Sanchez was decent last year, but he'll need to cut down on the turnover numbers for NY to have a chance for a deep playoff run. We'll see in the first few weeks how the Jets handle the Revis fiasco; I think they'll be fine. Pencil the Jets in for a 12-4 season.