I’m going to start with some daily division-by-division previews, followed by the whole enchilada with predicted wild card teams, conference champions and Super Bowl winner. I also will give the toughest games for each team that I think will have a winning record. After all, it doesn’t make a damn bit of sense for predicting the toughest games for teams that will suck because chances are they’d lose most – if not all of them.
At any rate, let’s start with the AFC East.
New England Patriots (11-5). The Patriots took some hits on the offensive side of the ball – namely losing Wes Welker to the Broncos, Rob Gronkowski had MORE surgery and may not be ready for the start of the season, and of course Aaron Hernandez went Tony Soprano and killed an associate (allegedly) a couple of months ago. Who in the hell will catch balls from Tom Brady this season? Anyone? Bueller? At least Brady will have Stevan Ridley to hand the ball off to.
The Patriots should be better on defense this season – hell they have to be they were 29th against the pass last season. Nevertheless, New England should easily win this weak-ass division by default.
Toughest Games: at Falcons, at Bengals, vs. Steelers, vs. Broncos, at Texans, at Ravens. The Pats do not have to worry to much about those tough contests because the AFC East is so bad, they still stumble their way to a division title. Besides, I think all five Patriot losses will come from those six games.
Miami Dolphins (7-9). The good news: the Dolphins made a huge splash in bringing in former Steelers wide-receiver Mike Wallace to stretch the field for their passing game. The bad news: that’s the only weapon they have on offense. Second year QB Ryan Tannehill showed some promise in his rookie season and should get better, but that would be hard to do without a running game that’s worth a damn now that Reggie Bush is no longer in Miami.
I think the Dolphins are moving in the right direction under second year coach Joe Philbin. It’s just not enough to compete for even a wild-card spot right now.
New York Jets (6-10). For the Jets, the only thing worth watching is seeing if QB Mark Sanchez commits another butt-fumble. I mean let’s face it, the offense is a mess that’s devoid of weapons (Santonio Holmes is still hurt), and its once proud defense does not have stud CB Darrelle Revis anymore. And of course the footman himself Rex Ryan is still yucking it up on the sidelines. Once again, “JETS”=”Just End The Season”.
Buffalo Bills (3-13). It should be another train-wreck of a season in Buffalo. Maybe EJ Manuel could work some magic in Western NY. Other than that, say hello to another top-three draft pick Bills fans. God bless y’all.