Yesterday I wrote about the kickoff of the 2010 football season and I was bombarded with questions asking me my predictions for the NFL. So over the next few days, I will detail each division, the playoffs and finally the Super Bowl.
We start the process with the AFC East. This is tough division to handicap with 3 legitimate playoff teams and 2 teams with a goal of the Super Bowl. Let’s start at the bottom where things are pretty clear. The Bills have added by subtracting when it comes to Terrell Owens, but their QB position is still in flux with an unreliable Trent Edwards under center. The addition of Clemson star CJ Spiller should help an already powerful running attack, but a porous defense and a lack of any passing game will hurt the Bills and coach Chan Gailey as the Bills will struggle to a 5-11 record.
The NY Jets headed to the AFC Championship last year behind rookie QB Mark Sanchez, but I am afraid he is headed for a sophomore slump. Add that to the abscence of pro bowl CB Darelle Revis who is still holding out and I expect the J-E-T-S magical 2009 season to be a distant memory by October. I see this team struggling out of the gate and being 0-3 before they head to Buffalo for a gimmie. 2 more tough games against the Vikings and on the road at Denver could have the Jets at 1-5 or 2-4 heading into their bye week. This will not play well in the New York media and Sexy Rexy will quickly become just another swearing fat guy in a Jets hat. The Jets disappointing season will end with a 7-9 or 8-8 record.
The Dolphins will challenge for a playoff spot this year, and an invitation to the post-season could be there. QB Chad Henne will have a full training camp as the undisputed starter and the addition of new receiver Brandon Marshall are 2 factors that can only help build on a breakout season last year. The Fins also have a tough 1-2 punch in the backfield with Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams. The defense has had bit of a turnover including the addition of Karlos Dansby, but will have to do a lot to change the 24th ranked pass defense. Miami also has a brutal opening part of their schedule, but should rattle off 7 wins in a row near the end of the season to get to 10-6.
The kings of this division for the last decade will continue to chug along. Tom Brady is still Tom Brady, Wes Welker is still Wes Welker and Randy Moss is in a contract year. All of that adds up to points, points, and more points. Add the addition of Brandon Spilkes at ILB and I can’t see many teams staying within 2 tds of this squad. Barring an injury to Brady, this team cruises to the AFC East crown – AGAIN – with a record of 12-4.
So here it is – my predictions for the AFC EAST: