AFC East

New year, same story? Maybe, but we see a couple teams making some strides towards usurping the throne that the Patriots have held for so long. We try to look at all sides and find some positives and negatives for every team, but goddamnit, Miami made it tough.



New England Patriots

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WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Tom Brady

  • Bill Belichick

  • Josh McDaniels

  • Another stupid-easy schedule

WHAT WE HATE:

  • Replacing Gronk and Trent Brown won’t be simple

  • A shaky defensive line that will probably be a rotation at least to start

DEEP DIVE CONSENSUS:

The prices are steep, but the schedule and the in-division competition probably mean that they are justified. The Patriots dynasty will fall some year, just not this year. The traditional slow start to the season might not even come to fruition this year with the schedule they’ve been dealt. Expect to see them in January, again.

Miami Dolphins

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WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Next year’s haul of draft picks

  • The second half of the schedule isn’t terrible

  • They have a couple nice pieces on defense, especially in coverage

WHAT WE HATE:

  • Lowest spending on an offense in the league

  • Very bad offensive line

  • Completely new coaching staff with a young QB that’s learning yet another new system

  • Fairly tough schedule of opposing defenses

DEEP DIVE CONSENSUS:

Could be another long year for Josh Rosen, and who knows, maybe they let him watch a bit before throwing him out there behind that line. With a shaky offense and a half decent D, might be a good look for find some mis-priced totals and cash in on some unders. If the offense doesn’t get their shit together a little bit, they might have the #1 pick next April.

Buffalo Bills

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WHAT WE LIKE:

  • Brought in Yeldon, will have some nice options for passing to RBs

  • Josh Allen is very athletic and can make plays in space

  • The Defense can be Elite

  • Added some nice pieces to the O-Line

WHAT WE HATE:

  • Lack of early down success that may continue if play-calling doesn’t change

  • Josh Allen’s accuracy

  • Shady McCoy’s decline as a good option at tailback

DEEP DIVE CONSENSUS:

We are higher on them than we thought we might be. If the play calling improves and they scheme a way to get Allen easy completions, they could follow the trajectory of the 2018 Bears: riding an elite defense and a “just good enough” QB to being an over-achiever. As far as a sneaky team in the division, I like Darnold over Allen, but feel like this defense keeping them in games helps push their ceiling up a bit.

New York Jets

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WHAT WE LIKE:

  • A vastly improved Darnold in the last few games after returning from injury

  • Ryan Kahlil back out of retirement

  • Adam Gase is good at developing QBs

WHAT WE HATE:

  • Gregg Williams' antiquated ideas on defense

  • A rash of injuries already. D-Backs have been hit hard

  • IS Adam Gase good at developing QBs???

DEEP DIVE CONSENSUS:

It feels like they also have every chance to get in the mix of wildcard contenders if Darnold plays at the levels we saw late last season. While they don’t have the defense that Buffalo does, they have a nice soft schedule, especially travel-wise. Jets to make the playoffs at +300 isn’t the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

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