The AFC East is going to be interesting for the first few weeks as the other teams in the division try and stockpile wins while hoping that a Tom Bradyless Pats team loses a couple of games.
Today we take a look at the four teams in the division, as well as how we see the division lining up.
1. New England Patriots (11-5)
It will be tough to think the Pats won’t at least drop two games without Brady, but once he comes back in week four against the Browns, look out. The Pats are going to be one of the tough teams again in the AFC like always, and with Brady and hopefully a healthy core unlike last season, they likely will again be in the thick of things in the AFC playoff race.
2. New York Jets (8-8)
The Jets last season with Ryan Fitzpatrick running the ship with new coach Todd Bowels they were one game away from making the postseason, only to lose to the Bills in the season finale. It will hard for them to repeat as good as an offensive showing as a season ago, but with Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall and new RB Matt Forte, the Jets should again be in the thick of things in the division, but again not enough to earn a playoff spot.
3. Buffalo Bills (7-9)
Overall the direction of the Bills is heading up, but at the end of the day they still have plenty of question marks as to where they are going to go and if Rex Ryan can truly get them there. Their offense really never took off last season, and they are again banking on Tyrod Taylor to lead them to the promise land. A tough sell, and their defense has to get better if they are going to contend for a wild card spot.
4. Miami Dolphins (5-11)
New coach Adam Gase has a lot of work to do, and it’s going to be a long season down in South Beach for Gase and the Dolphins. Miami added big man Ndamukong Suh before last season, but he was not the impact defensive stud they were looking for after he had 61 tackles and 6 sacks in 16 games. This team needs more, a lot more from QB Ryan Tannehill, and this could be a make or break season for him when it comes to being the starter in Miami.