The Buffalo Bills enter the 2023 season as the clear favorites in the AFC East. With a strong 13-3 record in 2022, the Bills showcased their potential to make a Super Bowl run. This offseason, the team bolstered their defense with the addition of Leonard Floyd, who, alongside Von Miller, forms a formidable duo. Rising star Kaiir Elam is expected to have a breakout season at cornerback, further solidifying the defense. Despite the loss of running back Devin Singletary, the Bills have confidence in their backfield, with James Cook leading the charge and additional depth provided by Damien Harris and Latavius Murray. Led by quarterback Josh Allen, the Bills’ offense looks potent and ready to dominate. With their strong roster and coaching under Sean McDermott, the Bills are expected to clinch the division title once again.
Predition: 9.5 Over 👍
New York Jets:
The New York Jets may not challenge the Bills for the top spot in the division this year, but they have reason to be optimistic. In 2022, the team struggled to a 7-10 record, but they unearthed future stars in wide receiver Garrett Wilson, who won Offensive Rookie of the Year, and cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, who won Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Jets’ front office made a splash by acquiring franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers, even though it is a short-term partnership. Rodgers joins a talented offensive lineup that includes running backs Dalvin Cook, Breece Hall, and Michael Carter, as well as wide receivers Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, and Mecole Hardman Jr. Defensively, the Jets boast a formidable unit with Gardner as the shutdown corner and Quinnen Williams anchoring the defensive line. While the Jets may not challenge for the division title, a playoff spot seems likely for this young and talented team.
Prediction: 9.5 👍
The Miami Dolphins finished with a 9-8 record in 2022, sneaking into the playoffs but falling short against the Bills due to the absence of quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Tagovailoa’s health will be crucial for the Dolphins this season, as his presence can elevate the team to a higher win total. With a solid supporting cast of weapons, including wide receivers Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle, and the addition of running back De’Von Achane, the Dolphins’ offense has the potential to be explosive. On the defensive side, the absence of Jalen Ramsey until late in the season due to injury is a concern. However, the Dolphins have promising players like Jaelan Phillips and Christian Wilkins, who can make an impact. While the Dolphins face tough competition in the division, they have the potential to surprise and secure a playoff spot.
Predition: 9.5 👍
New England Patriots:
The New England Patriots, under the leadership of Bill Belichick, face a challenging season in the highly competitive AFC East. Despite dealing with some drama surrounding cornerback Jack Jones, the Patriots’ defense remains a formidable force. With their strong showing last year, allowing only 20.4 points per game and ranking in the top 10 in yards allowed, the Patriots’ defense will continue to give opponents a tough time. The addition of Christian Gonzalez and the versatility of Jahlani Tavai add depth to a solid unit led by Matthew Judon. Offensively, the Patriots will rely heavily on their run game, with Rhamondre Stevenson as the clear RB1, supported by Ezekiel Elliott. Quarterback Mac Jones aims to bounce back from a subpar 2022 season and lead the Patriots to a better record. While the Patriots may not challenge for the division title, they have the potential to secure a playoff spot as they continue to rebuild.
Prediction: 7.5 👎
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