Division Preview and Prediction: The AFC EAST
Here we go the first edition of my NFL Divisional Preview Segment. The first division to tackle is the AFC EAST. Let’s get started…
1. New England Patriots (11-5) While Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the season due to the most overrated and idiotic sports story of all-time ” Deflategate” the Pats will be just fine. In the four games without #12 the Patriots will go 2-2 with #10 Jimmy Garropolo. Let’s face it until BB and TB call it a day the New England Patriots are the top dog’ of the AFC EAST. The defensive side of the ball has one less pass rusher in Chandler Jones, but like BB always does, he picks up key role players while preaching the message “Do Your Job”. The Patriots are a finely tuned machine ready to roll and by the end of the season the Patriots will claim another AFC EAST title under the Brady Era. Not only will I say that the Patriots will have the AFC East division title but another AFC Championship. Suspending anybody that does not deserve it is wrong but Tom Brady will play TOM ANGRY and the league will regret unleashing the angry Tom.
2. New York Jets (9-7) The New York Jets are entering year two of the “Fitzpatrick Era” while year one came as a surprise with Fitz being a reliable week-to-week starting quarterback. At year’s end the Jets had a date with Buffalo and lost. Missing the playoffs. While one would think year two under Fitzpatrick will be better, I could see this season being worse. When the game is on his shoulders he can’t rise to the occasion and as a team that needs to beat the up-and-comers of the AFC in order to make the playoffs I don’t see the Jets doing so. The Ivory-Forte swap is not an improvement it was a downgrade. Wow. I never thought I would say that. But the facts are facts Forte is a 30-year-old running back with lots of miles on his body and Chris Ivory had a great season last year for the Jets. He will be missed.
3. Buffalo Bills (7-9) Oh boy here we go, I have a lot of loyal Buffalo Bills fans as followers on Twitter and Facebook and I will receive flack for this but as a sports journalist I have to be a realist and call things as I see them. After the 2016 NFL Draft I had a load of optimism for the Buffalo Bills due to their first round and second round picks, Clemson defensive end Shaq Lawson and Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland. Two selections that filled major holes on a defense entering the second year of the Rex Ryan era. From April to August the off-season has been nothing short of injury-bug hell for the Buffalo Bills. With Shaq Lawson out until at least late October and Reggie Ragland out for his entire rookie season with a torn ACL, the wind has officially been taken out of my sails. Yes two injuries does not make or break a team, but when that said team has very little depth along the defensive side of the ball that is a problem. Officially the Tyrod Taylor era has (sort of) begun after the Bills inked the former VT product to a 6-year deal worth upwards of $92 million. While T2 posted a decent stat-line last season in his first year as a starter I have serious doubts in regards to his durability as a franchise quarterback. The drought continues.
4. Miami Dolphins (5-11) After finishing the season at 6-10 in 2015, I do not expect things to get any better for the Miami Dolphins for a wide variety of reasons and frankly it’s simple. Leadership. Miami does not have a leader on this team and it is up to Ryan Tannehill to fill that void. While he easily can, Miami has plenty of locker room cancers on their squad that can easily get in the way. Suh and “Super” Mario Williams are the first two that come to mind. If this was 2011 I would say Miami has a decent shot of having a solid defense but check your calendar the year is 2016. Suh was lackluster in his first season as a Dolphin and Mario Williams didn’t just take a play or two off he took a season off in his last year as a Buffalo Bill. Why Miami would welcome that into their building is beyond me and the results of those decisions will show come season’s end. Adam Gase can bring respectability to their offense and help #17 and I do like the addition of running back Arian Foster that is a low-risk high-reward move but leadership goes a long way in this league and Miami does not have that.
2016 Breakout Player Prediction
Patriots: Wide Reciever Chris Hogan
New York Jets: Defensive End Leonard Williams
Buffalo Bills : Wide Reciever Robert Woods
Miami Dolphins: Wide Reciever Devante Parkerhttps://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/division-preview-and-prediction-the-afc-east/https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/a-48.jpg?fit=750%2C421&ssl=1https://i1.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/a-48.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1AFC EastAnalysisBuffalo BillsFantasyFF AnalysisFF RankingsFootballMiami DolphinsNew England PatriotsNew York JetsNFLRecent PostsAFC East,Buffalo Bills,Miami Dolphins,New England Patriots,New York JetsHere we go the first edition of my NFL Divisional Preview Segment. The first division to tackle is the AFC EAST. Let's get started... 1. New England Patriots (11-5) While Tom Brady will miss the first four games of the season due to the most overrated and idiotic sports story...Ryan ThomasRyan Thomasbeantownboy92@yahoo.comContributorMyFantasySportsTalk