Until something changes, the AFC East will go through New England. The Patriots had won the division 12 of the previous 13 seasons with their only unsuccessful campaign coming when Tom Brady missed the whole 2008 season.
The Pats have – 200 odds to win the AFC East at the end of the day. That is the second biggest favorite to take down a division outside of the Carolina Panthers in the NFC South. New England will be without Tom Brady for the first four games of the season as he serves his deflate gate suspension. However, this is probably the best time of year for the star to miss. The Pats will be at home for three of those four games, and two of them will be against teams that finished under .500 last season.
The New York Jets and Buffalo Bills both arrive in a +475 with the lines makers. The Jets made some canny moves amid the offseason – especially catching Ryan Clady from the Broncos – yet at the same time have no quarterback.
The Bills went hard after the NFL draft and landed Reggie Ragland and Shaq Lawson.
Finishing off the division, there are the Miami Dolphins. The Fins figured out how to seize one of the best names in the coaching world by inking Adam Gase, who will have his work cut out for him with Ryan Tannehill. He needs to take the next step if he wants to remain a starter.
On paper, the Jets have the most recommendable defense in the AFC East. New York has the most complete defense in the division, while the Dolphins (linebacker), Patriots (cornerback) and Bills (security) have clear gaps.
Nevertheless, it’s not a one-sided game and the offense is going to struggle .I anticipate that New York will have to deal with some bumps in the road early. New York’s drowsy offense and inadequacy at quarterback won’t do the Jets’ defense any favors. Quarterback Geno Smith, on the off chance that he wins the first job, has 44 turnovers in 30 games. That is going to put a huge amount of pressure on the other side of the ball.
Now, the New York Jets did increase their win total by six from 2014 to 2015, so Bowles has shown he can make some improvements. He’ll need to keep this team moving in the right direction in 2016. Last year it was simple. A Week 17 win over Buffalo would have gotten the team into the playoffs. But, they couldn’t get the job done and had to watch the Pittsburgh Steelers slide into their spot.
Fans remember things starting off hot for Rex Ryan too. He was 9-7 and then 11-5 in his first two seasons, but things fell off after that. He missed the playoffs the last four seasons. The reason, his offense could never move the ball well enough to compete. Bowles needs to figure that out. The good news, he added running back Matt Forte in the offseason. That should help him build up some momentum and get the Jets offense back on track and into the postseason.