Training camp has already started for some teams and others will begin in a matter of days. We begin things talking about the AFC East division. The Buffalo Bills come into this season full of expectations and the favorites to win their third consecutive division crown. The Miami Dolphins upgraded their roster to put pieces around Tua. Will it be enough to overthrow the Bills and take the AFC East crown? New England is trying to build off a season where Mac Jones showed promise as a rookie. With Buffalo and Miami making major moves, could the Patriots somehow contend in the AFC East? The New York Jets are a work in progress, but they will eventually turn things around with Coach Solah. The Jets have already made headlines with the situation with Zach Wilson. Who leaves 2022 as the AFC East champions?
The Buffalo Bills were one of the favorites to reach the Super Bowl last season. They lost to the Kansas City Chiefs in the Divisional Round in an instant classic in overtime. Buffalo is looking to take that next step and that’s get to the Super Bowl. The Bills went out and upgraded their roster on both sides of the ball. On defense, they bolstered up their defensive line with the addition of Von Miller. Tim Settle, DaQuan Jones and Jordan Phillips provide big bodies to get after the quarterback. On offense, they extended Stefon Diggs and added Rodger Saffold to an already impressive offensive line. The additions of O.J. Howard, Jamison Crowder and Duke Johnson provide more weapons for Josh Allen. The Bills are my pick to win the AFC East for the third consecutive season.
There are questions surrounding Tua Tagovailoa and his future as the franchise signal caller for the Dolphins. The Dolphins management has stated that they have full confidence in him. They were rumored to be part of the DeShaun Watson sweepstakes. They have some draft stock that could be appealing for a team looking to trade with them. During the offseason, they traded for Tyreek Hill and gave him a huge extension in the process. They bolstered their backfield by bringing in Raheem Mostert, Chase Edmonds and Sony Michel. Miami also invested in protecting Tua by signing Terron Armstead and Connor Williams. The defense improved immensely with the signing of Melvin Ingram and extending Xavier Howard. If Tua shows any glances of what he done at Alabama, this will be a tight race.
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots is still trying to re-capture that magic they had when Tom Brady was the QB. Mac Jones had an impressive rookie campaign, The Patriots spent a ton of money in free agency a year ago. The defense improved, but the offense still has some work to go. New England went out and traded for DeVante Parker formerly of the Dolphins. Parker provides Mac Jones with a big receiver who can go get those 50/50 balls. New England also continued their building up of the defense during the offseason. They brought in Jabrill Peppers and Mack Wilson. Both of those guys could play a huge part in the continued improvement of the Patriots defense. With Miami and Buffalo going all the way in, the Patriots will likely finish third in the division.
New York Jets
The New York Jets are trying to get out of the basement of the AFC East division. Unfortunately, New England still has Belicheck and they’re still good. Miami and Buffalo are eyeing Super Bowl appearances and they acquired the talent to do it. To protect Zach Wilson, New York signed Laken Tomlinson from the 49ers. They also added offensive weapons with D.J. Reed and C.J. Uzomah. They bolstered the tight end position by bringing in Tyler Conklin. The defense will still struggle this season, but they did add Jordan Whitehead from the Bucs. The Jets are headed in the right direction, but think they are a couple seasons away from a winning record.
My AFC East Rankings
- Buffalo Bills
- Miami Dolphins
- New England Patriots
- New York Jets
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