When it comes to the AFC East, there is not much discussion about who is going to win the division. Is there? Nah, the Pats are by far still the best thing in this division, and even with the arrival of Brett Favre in the Big Apple, New England still has more than enough horses to take care of this division. Now the big question will be about the other three teams, and if anyone else can sneak in the playoffs. Let’s find out, shall we:
New England 14-2: Sorry Pats fans, you won’t go undefeated this season, but your still the best in this division, and you’ll have two home games at Foxboro in trying to make it to the dance in Tampa Bay. New England added some youth to the defense, and still has one heck of an offense that has the ability to put up 40-50 points on anyone. Health is a concern, like it is for every team, but they do have enough depth at positions to try and avenge last years setback to the Giants in Glendale.
New York Jets 8-8: Welcome to the Brett Favre era in the Big Apple. Favre has Jets fans excited and talking playoffs, but something tells me that this team will still have some issues and you can put away the printing of the Super Bowl tickets. The Jets were ultra-active in free agency, and wanted to make sure that they would be a lot better than the 4-12 team they ran out there last season. They are much better, but even with Favre this team is a .500 team and one that may be a year away from a wild card spot in the AFC.
Buffalo Bills 8-8: I really like the toughness that the Bills run out each and every Sunday, as this is a scrappy team that never gives up. Even with that, they are still a team with question marks, maybe the biggest of which is what the heck are they doing with Jason Peters? The O-line loses a lot without him, and they have to find a way to get a deal done. Trent Edwards will get a shot to make improvements and show he’s a starting QB, and Marshawn Lynch should show he was a worthy #1 pick last season. Improvements for the Bills across the board, but still only good enough for a tie here in this division.
Miami Dolphins 5-11: They can’t possibly be as bad as 1-15 a season ago, and they won’t be. Bill Parcells and new coach Tony Sparano brings a new look and toughness to this team, and Chad Pennington fits the mold of a QB that is gutty enough to get a few wins. The RB spot is a strength with Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown, and they are doing things right like the picking of Jake Long with the first overall pick. It will take 2-3 years, but the Fins will at some point be back to being a solid team in the division and conference.