Patriots Big Favorites to Win AFC East Division Title Again in 2014

By: Monte Scates | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
AFC East

The Patriots are 1/3 Favorites to Win the AFC East.

There aren't very many people who are not picking the New England Patriots to win the AFC East for the sixth straight year. The Patriots have dominated throughout the Tom Brady era with 11 division titles in 13 years, and with the inexperience at QB for the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, and Miami Dolphins, it appears Brady's team is the cream that will rise to the top again in 2014.

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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Super Bowl Odds:
8/1
AFC Title Odds: 3/1
AFC East Odds: 1/3
O/U Win Total: 10.5 OVER -165

With the offseason moves the Patriots made, they should have no trouble taking the AFC East division title and challenging for the No. 1 overall seed in the AFC yet again. The biggest improvements they made were in the secondary after seeing cornerback Aqib Talib leave in free agency to the Denver Broncos. New England did not just sit around, adding CB Brandon Browner from the Seattle Seahawks and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Darrell Revis, who many view as one of the top two or three at his position in the NFL.

The Pats are also expecting to have star tight end Rob Gronkowski back for the first game of the season. A healthy Gronkowski will again be a nightmare matchup for opponents and make Brady that much better. Expect New England to run through the AFC East pretty much unchallenged.

MIAMI DOLPHINS
Super Bowl Odds:
40/1
AFC Title Odds: 20/1
AFC East Odds: 5/1
O/U Win Total: 8 UNDER -145

The Dolphins ended last season 8-8, as their QB Ryan Tannehill was sacked a franchise-record 58 times. They added three new linemen but also received some bad news when they found out they could be without Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey for the first few games of the season following hip surgery.

The Fins ranked 26th in the league in scoring (19.8 points per game) and 27th in rushing yards (90 per game). They added free agent running back Knowshon Moreno to help improve upon that, but he is already dealing with a knee injury that required surgery. The team is hoping he will return sometime during training camp. Second-year defensive end Dion Jordan, the team's first-round pick at No. 3 overall last year, has also been suspended for the first four games of the season. Look for Miami to struggle early.

NEW YORK JETS
Super Bowl Odds:
50/1
AFC Title Odds: 25/1
AFC East Odds: 8/1
O/U Win Total: 7 OVER -160

The Jets were another AFC East team that finished 8-8 last season. Unlike the other New York team, the major question mark for this one remains at QB. Everyone is wondering who will win the starting job, second-year player Geno Smith or veteran addition Michael Vick, and the Win Total for the Jets could be greatly impacted by that decision. Their defense will keep them in a lot of games, but they'll need the QB to make plays late in order to register wins.

New York head coach Rex Ryan will certainly be on the hot seat again this year. He's hoping some key additions on offense will help him out and allow him to stay in the Big Apple past this season. The Jets added some speed out of the backfield with former Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson, as well as an impact receiver from the Broncos in Eric Decker. Both Johnson and Decker will need to play well for Ryan to improve upon last year and help lead his team to a winning record in 2014.

BUFFALO BILLS
Super Bowl Odds:
50/1
AFC Title Odds: 25/1
AFC East Odds: 8/1
O/U Win Total: 6.5 OVER -160

The Bills received some bad news this offseason, losing their leading tackler Kiko Alonso to a season-ending knee injury. However, they will be missing much more than their top linebacker on defense this year. They also lost Pro Bowl safety Jairus Byrd in free agency to the New Orleans Saints as well as their defensive coordinator Mike Pettine, who moved on to take over the head coaching duties with the Cleveland Browns. With all of these losses and not many improvements, the Bills will likely struggle on defense.

But the offseason hasn't all been bad news for Buffalo. The team traded up to the No. 3 overall spot and drafted Sammy Watkins out of Clemson with their first-round draft pick, costing the Bills their 2014 and 2015 first-round selections. Watkins may be worth the risk though, as a big play receiver they desperately needed to pair with 2013 draft pick Robert Woods since they also traded veteran WR Stevie Johnson to the San Francisco 49ers. That duo combined with explosive RB CJ Spiller on offense has the potential to make Buffalo very dynamic on that side of the ball.

Of course the Bills will need second-year QB EJ Manuel to continue to improve if they hope to challenge for the division this year. He completed 59 percent of his passes last season and had 11 touchdowns with 9 interceptions as a rookie but also dealt with a knee injury that caused him to miss some time. With an improved grasp of the playbook and electric playmakers at his disposal, Manuel and the Bills offense should be fun to watch this season.

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