New England Patriots (Last season- 12-4, Super Bowl Champ, 2015 projected finish- 11-5): Throughout all the controversy surrounding New England over this offseason, with the suspension of Tom Brady that was overturned and the Deflate-gate incident, not much will change for New England on the field. Expect New England to be a Super Bowl contender, as they pretty much are each year. New England has won the division title 9 out of the last 10 years. Brady has always been one who has done exceptionally well adjusting to new weapons as the years go by, and although they started off slowly in terms of scoring last season, they figured it out as the year went on. Expect the same from them, New England under Brady has and will never be a slug on offense. The Patriots have also upgraded their defensive line, and are returning a solid core group of players at the linebacker position. Chandler Jones is one player who has been on the rise over the last year or so and I expect big things to come out of him this season. The only question mark I see when I look at New England is their secondary. They lost out on re-signing All-Pro cornerback, Darrelle Revis and lost their number two corner in Brandon Browner. Some how, some way, Bill Belichick will find a way to make things work.

Miami Dolphins (Last season- 8-8, 2015 projection- 9-7): Ryan Tannehill deserves a massive amount of credit for the work he was able to do behind that very bad Miami Dolphins offensive line. Tannehill is a solid quarterback who continues to get better as the seasons pass. With upgraded weapons on offense, in Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills, expect the Dolphins to have a heavier and stronger pass attack then they have in recent years. Miami has had struggles through training camp with their offensive line, which is very scary. Tannehill is the most sacked quarterback in the league over the last 4 years (he’s been sacked 139 times). The play of the guards will determine how well Miami can do with their improved wide receiver corps. With that being said, welcome All-Pro DT Ndamukong Suh to the Sunshine State!! Miami has a solid defense and has improved their defensive line up the middle tremendously by adding Suh. Miami had a very solid run defense last season, and it will be even tougher to run the ball on them this season. If that offensive line can hold up, and the team can stay healthy, Miami can compete in this division without a doubt.

Buffalo Bills (Last season- 8-8, 2015 projection- 7-9): Rex Ryan is the new head coach of the Buffalo Bills, so one thing is for sure, they will have a VERY solid defense. If ANYONE can get the best out of a defense, it’s Rex Ryan. Kyle Williams will have a nice year under Rex Ryan (that’s MY bold prediction), and Rex will get the best out of what was already a solid defense. The biggest question for the Buffalo Bills will be what has ALWAYS haunted them, and that is the play of their quarterback. EJ Manuel is no longer the starter in Buffalo, as Tyrod Taylor has been named the starter for Buffalo. While Taylor may be agile and can run with the ball, he is without a doubt the biggest question mark under center in the AFC East. Having LeSean McCoy will definitely help take some pressure off of him, since Rex Ryan loves to run the ball so much. The Bills also have a solid wide receiver corps in Sammy Watkins, newly added weapon Percy Harvin, and tight end Charles Clay. With solid quarterback play, a good defense and a good run game, Buffalo may be able to challenge for one of those wild card playoff spots.

New York Jets (Last season- 4-12, 2015 projection- 7-9): The Jets had a pretty successful offseason, and hired new head coach, Todd Bowles. With that being said, the circus didn’t entirely disappear. One week into training camp, a story broke about a fight between reserve linebacker, Ik Enkempali and then starting quarterback, Geno Smith. There was a fight between the two gentleman which led to the release of Enkempali and a broken jaw for Geno Smith. Currently, the Jets have Ryan Fitzpatrick slated to be their starter, with rookie quarterback, Bryce Petty listed as the backup quarterback. Smith seems close to returning to the practice field. Quarterback will continue to be the position that holds the New York Jets back. They have a solid offensive line with Pro-Bowlers Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson returning to hold down the fort. Chris Ivory will be the starting running back for New York. The Jets will need to take care of the ball with Fitzpatrick and run effectively with Ivory if they want to remain in and win games. The defense of the Jets continues to be their strong suit, as they have re-signed veteran cornerbacks, Antonio Cromartie and fan favorite, Darrelle Revis. Buster Skrine was also signed to play the slot, and the Jets have solid depth in Dee Milliner (the former first round pick) and second year player, Dexter McDougle. Leonard Williams is the newest addition to the Jets defensive line. With such a good secondary, the Jets should be able to run man coverage that Bowles likes, and blitz the opposing quarterbacks. The Jets will be interesting this season if they can get that solid quarterback play out of Fitzpatrick that they’ve been missing for the practice field. Quarterback will continue to be the position that holds the New York Jets back. They have a solid offensive line with Pro-Bowlers Nick Mangold and D’Brickashaw Ferguson returning to hold down the fort. Chris Ivory will be the starting running back for New York. The Jets will need to take care of the ball with Fitzpatrick and run effectively with Ivory if they want to remain in and win games. The defense of the Jets continues to be their strong suit, as they have re-signed veteran cornerbacks, Antonio Cromartie and fan favorite, Darrelle Revis. Buster Skrine was also signed to play the slot, and the Jets have very solid depth at corner in Dee Milliner (the former first round pick) and second year player, Dexter McDougle. Leonard Williams is the newest addition to the Jets defensive line. With such a good secondary, the Jets should be able to run man coverage that Bowles likes, and blitz the opposing quarterbacks. The Jets will be interesting this season if they can get that solid quarterback play out of Fitzpatrick that they’ve been missing for years.

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