Last season the AFC East was turned upside down with the injury to Pats QB Tom Brady. This year, many have the Pats running away with the division as Brady is back and the Pats seem as high powered as they were when they went 18-1 with their only loss being the Super Bowl loss to New York two years ago. With all this said, here we go with our final AFC East Predictions:
New England Patriots (12-4) – Brady is back, and the Pats are back ready to get back to being a powerhouse in the AFC once again. Randy Moss and Wes Welker should both benefit big time from the return of the best QB in the game, and with Fred Taylor coming aboard, this team could be as dangerous as ever. They have some transitions on defense, with trying to get younger while not trying to take too big of a step back. Look for the Pats to lose some games, but still be playing ball in late January.
Miami Dolphins (8-8) – A year after scoring a major upset by winning the division, the Dolphins come back to earth a bit in 2009. Chad Pennington may be in for his last ride as the Dolphins starting QB, and they still are trying to find playmakers on offense with Ted Ginn Jr. and Davone Bess being the 1-2 punch at WR. Ronnie Brown adds a dimension to the offense when he runs the “wildcat,” but teams will not be so prone to falling for it in 09. Look for the Fins to be competitive, but not to repeat as AFC East champs.
Buffalo Bills (7-9) – The Bills added firepower with Terrell Owens, but he’s been hurt, and some are already concerned he’ll be a bust. Trent Edwards and the offense needs to move forward, with with an early suspension to Marshawn Lynch, and with Owens maybe losing a step, they may not be as good as they think. Plus they have a string of new starters on the O-line, which could lead to more growing pains. Look for a new coach after the 09 season after this team again fails to make the playoffs.
New York Jets (6-10) – The one-year Brett Favre fiasco is over, and now they turn to rookie Mark Sanchez to lead them at QB. Rex Ryan will have a hungry team, but they will need a season or two to start playing as well as Ryan wants them to. Thomas Jones led the AFC in rushing in 2009, but they need to give the ball more to explosive Leon Washington, who was drafted in the same draft as Reggie Bush, and so far is a much better player. The Jets may be fun to watch, but they will lose often in 09.