It’s hard to believe that another NFL season is on the horizon. As usual, New England has ruled this division for about a decade and a half. After coming off another Super Bowl, which ended in a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Patriots are back to business. Can the Dolphins, Bills or Jets make a run at New England to end their dominance this upcoming year? Let’s see how things may play out with the entire AFC East division.
Buffalo finished the season with a 9-7 record and made the playoffs for the first time since 1999. The Bills made plenty of moves during the offseason as they traded Tyrod Taylor to Cleveland for the 65th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. They drafted their future franchise QB in Josh Allen, plus they signed A.J. McCarron. Buffalo added Chris Ivory to help ease some of the burden of LeSean McCoy, which could be a good thing. The defense has always been a strong suit of the Bills and it should be one of the better ones again. By adding Tremaine Edmunds at LB, he should have an immediate impact. To help the receiving core, they’re hoping a change of scenery will help Corey Coleman to become the threat many thought he would be. This could be a tough season as I have them finishing with a 6-10 record.
The Dolphins are hoping they can get a healthy Ryan Tannehill for a full season. After one season with Jay Cutler, Tannehill should return as the starter, but the offense will look different since the last time he was under center. Miami lost Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh and Mike Pouncey during the offseason. The Dolphins picked up Frank Gore, Danny Amendola, Albert Wilson and Brock Osweiler. Miami finished last season with a 6-10 record. To help sure up that defense, Miami drafted Minkah Fitzpatrick out of Alabama. For this upcoming season, Miami have a lot of question marks at several positions and they never filled the shoes of Suh. Miami will have tough schedule this year and the Dolphins should be in for a long season. I’m sorry, but the Dolphins will probably finish with a 4-12 record.
New England Patriots
New England is coming off another Super Bowl run as they finished with a 13-3 record. Tom Brady has reportedly sign for an extra $5 million in incentives. The offseason was filled with uncertainty as people questioned the relationship between Coach Belichick and Tom Brady. Rob Gronkowski flirted with retirement and Julian Edelman is suspended for the first four games after as he’s coming back from a season-ending knee injury. New England drafted a couple of Georgia Bulldogs in the first round in Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel to improve the offense. New England will once again be the ruler of the AFC East and should be fighting for home-field advantage in the playoffs. At 41, Tom Brady should compete at an elevated level and will get better when Edelman returns. New England will finish with a 11-5 record and head back to the playoffs this year.
New York Jets
The New York Jets finished last season at the bottom of the division with a 5-11 record. The Jets finally drafted their franchise QB in Josh Darnold and they added Teddy Bridgewater, who has something to prove. If the Jets can get great play from their QB position, this could be a surprising team this upcoming season. By adding Trumaine Johnson to go with Morris Claiborne, New York have a damn good cornerback tandem. Terrell Pryor has something to prove this upcoming season and could turn out to be a steal with the hopes of recapturing his glory from his Cleveland days. With Todd Bowles, my confidence level is high as far as his defense goes. On the offensive side of the ball is where I have questions, but Isaiah Crowell could be another steal for the Jets. I’m picking the Jets to have a 9-7 season this year.
My 2018-2019 AFC East Records
- New England Patriots 11-5
- New York Jets 9-7
- Buffalo Bills 6-10
- Miami Dolphins 5-11
What do you think about my thoughts of the AFC East this upcoming season? How do you see things playing out? Can anyone overtake the Patriots for the division? Leave a comment below.