The AFC East had the Super Bowl team last season in the Patriots, who will once again be a team to contend with, and they will be hungry following the loss to the Giants.
Here’s our breakdown of the AFC East, along with what team (or teams) will make the postseason.
1. New England (13-3) — The Pats D will be better in 2012, which means that with the offense adding Brandon Lloyd, and those two dangerous TE’s is going to be as solid as always. They do need to hope they stay healthy, and they need Steven Ridley to step up and be the feature back. Bottom line, with Brady under center, the Pats are always going to have a shot, just like they will in 2013.
2. New York Jets (9-7) — For the first time in awhile, the Jets were going to be under the radar after a non-playoff year. Then they went out and brought in the biggest distraction in the league in Tim Tebow. Sure “Tebowmania” could help the Jets, but at the same time, it could cast a shadow on Mark Sanchez. The defense will be good, but the offense will not be good enough, resulting in another non-playoff season.
3. Buffalo (7-9) — Remember last season when the Bills were the early talk of the league, only to fall badly and end the season losing 8 of their last 9 and going 6-10. The team still has a lot of question marks in the passing game, and Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to step up and have a big season along with his wideouts. If Fred Jackson can stay healthy, the team has a shot to be in the race in December, which is all this franchise can ask.
4. Miami (5-11) — The 2012 “Hard Knocks” club is going to have a long 2012, as they will break in rookie Ryan Tannehill at QB, and new coach Joe Philbin needs to keep this group in line. Reggie Bush is going to have to have a huge season, and even with that, the wide outs are awful, and the defense is going have a lot of struggles. This team is 2-3 years away.