For the next few entries, I have decided to spotlight each division in the NFL. We will analyze who will be the champion before the season starts. We will look at coaching, players, front office, and fanfare to determine which team will come out of their division and contend for their conference championship. Today we will start with one of the toughest divisions in football. The AFC East is made up of the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and the newly rejuvenated New York Jets.
The Buffalo Bills show up with a very limited roster. They have many holes on offense and defense. They are clearly the weakest team in the division. They don’t have a solid contributor at the quarterback position and they will be depending on a slew of unproven wide receivers to make a below average quarterback look good.
Key Players for the Bills: Fred Jackson (RB), C.J. Spiller (RB), Marshawn Lynch (RB), Donte Whitner (S), and Lee Evans (WR).
Predicted finish in division LAST
The Miami Dolphins are a helter skelter type of team. From week to week you really don’t know what you are getting. They are obviously coached well and they have talent at a lot of positions. They made many additions that make them intriguing to me this season. I think they can make a serious run at the division title and if they get hot they can make a run at the conference title as well. To do this they will need a lot of luck and almost no injuries.
Key Players for the Dolphins: Ronnie Brown (RB), Ricky Williams (RB), Brandon Marshall (WR), Chad Henne (QB), Jake Long (OT), Vonte Davis (CB), and Channing Crowder (LB).
Prediction for Dolphins in division SECOND
The New England Patriots are consistently a good team. This year shouldn’t be any different. The Pats are an aging team and a few superstars have some wear on their treads. They are obviously coached by a mastermind and have consistently been ranked in the top of the power rankings year after year. This year they will struggle a bit as the rest of the AFC has caught up with their style of offense and their defense has undergone some massive change and it will take a little time for them to gel.
Key Players for the Patriots: Tom Brady (QB), Randy Moss (WR), Sammy Morris (RB), Wes Welker (WR), Jerod Mayo (LB), and Vince Wilfork (DT).
Prediction for the division: THIRD
The New York Jets have it all on paper. Right now you could even say that they are the paper champs of the division. They have it all, a colorful boisterous coach, a plethora of young talent, and a fan base that is dying for some respect. Their biggest problem will be consistency at the quarterback position.
Key Players for the Jets: Mark Sanchez (QB), LaDaininan Tomlinson (RB), Shonn Greene (RB), Antonio Cromartie (CB), Darelle Revis (CB), Braylon Edwards (WR), Santonio Holmes (WR), Vernon Gholston (LB), Bart Scott (LB), Kris Jenkins (DT), Jason Taylor (DL), and Brad Smith (KR).
Predicted finish in division: FIRST