Tom Brady and the New England patriots look to stay on top of the AFC East. Can the other teams mount a challenge?
AFC West Prediction:
Why they will win? The Patriots have arguably the best head coach / QB combination in the NFL in Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. Even though the Pats have lost a lot of talent on offense, Brady’s presence will make sure that the offense will continue to be one of the best in the NFL. The Patriots are still trying to find a consistent pass rusher, and their defense has been up and down over the past few seasons. However, the AFC East is still one of the weaker divisions in the league, and in Brady, the Patriots have the best QB in the division. They also are extremely hard to beat at home, and this will lead to them winning the AFC East again and another playoff berth.
2. Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins made very good strides last season under head coach Joe Philbin. And this season they have added more weapons on offense in WR Mike Wallace to help continue the growth of QB Ryan Tannehill. Tannehill had a solid rookie season last year, and looks to have a bright future as the Dolphins offense improves in the second season under Philbin. The Dolphins also made some additions on defense, signing LB’s Danell Ellerbe and Phillip Wheeler, and CB Brent Grimes. An improved performance from Tannehill should see the Dolphins compete for a playoff spot.
3. Buffalo Bills: The Buffalo Bills saw their QB situation deteriorate last season as Ryan Fitzpatrick failed to bring consistency at the QB position. In response to this, the Bills signed Kevin Kolb and drafted E.J. Manuel in the first round of the draft. Kolb is trying to jump-start his career after his often injured stint in Arizona, and Manuel brings an outstanding work ethic and good leadership skills. However, it remains to be seen if he can become a franchise QB in the NFL after a good but not great career at Florida State. RB C.J. Spiller will help keep the pressure from Manuel and Kolb, but it could still be a long season for the Bills and new head coach Doug Marrone.
4. New York Jets: Unless the Jets show marked improvement over last season, then head coach Rex Ryan’s days may be numbered. Mark Sanchez is trying to bounce back from a terrible 2012 season, and as he struggles to hold on to the starting QB job, rookie Geno Smith is trying to prove he should be the starter. Either way, the Jets will be an up and down team until they figure out who their QB is. They added some good young talent n defense, but it won’t be enough to challenge for the division title.
- Tom Brady leaves New England Patriots practice with left knee injury (nfl.si.com)
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- Dolphins Have Best Odds to Dethrone Patriots Atop AFC East Behind New Additions (nesn.com)
- Blog Post: 2013 AFC East Odds (pregame.com)