The AFC East Division is one of the NFL’s eight divisions and one of the four under the American Football Conference or AFC.
The division is composed of four teams, namely the New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. Among the four, the Patriots are the winningest here with a total of 21 AFL/AFC titles. Miami is next with 14 while Buffalo has 10 and the Jets have 4. New England has been the most dominant team in this division not just in history but in the last decade and the reigning Super Bowl champions are favored by the NFL betting gods to win again this season.
Here are the odds to win the NFL’s AFC East Division this season. These odds were taken from TitanBet as of 9/12/19:
- New England Patriots -1600
- Buffalo Bills +1100
- New York Jets +1200
- Miami Dolphins +6600
The New England Patriots won the Super Bowl last season. On their way to winning the Lombardi Trophy, the Pats won their third straight AFC Conference titles while playing in 8 straight AFC title games. New England also won their 10th consecutive AFC East title, becoming only the 4th team in North American professional sports history to do so. However, the team lost Rob Gronkowski to retirement during the offseason. They also lost left tackle Trent Brown and edge rusher Trey Flowers during free agency. But remember that the key ingredients for this dynasty are Tom Brady and Bill Bilicheck and both quarterback and head coach are back this season. The Patriots have shown in the past that they can manage talent losses and build new ones. The addition of Antonio Brown has even made them more dangerous although it remains to be seen what role Brown plays considering his personal troubles. But if the AB experiment works, New England is an easy pick to make here.
The New York Jets were 4-12 in 2018 and that resulted to the firing of Todd Bowles and the hiring of the offensive-minded Adam Gase. Their poor 2018 season also enabled them to get the third pick in the 2019 NFL Draft which they used to select Alabama’s Quinnen Williams who has the potential to make a big difference on defense. The Jets’ free agent fishing expedition got them tailback Le’Veon Bell plus linebacker C.J. Mosley. With Sam Darnold a year older, I think the Jets will be better, especially with Bell giving him plenty of help on offense. However, I think the new pieces will take time to build chemistry and it will be at least a couple of years before this core can be a true force in the division.
The Buffalo Bills won just six games during the 2018 season but given the team was run by the youthful quarterback Josh Allen, I think going 6-10 was more than enough for that group. Buffalo spent big money in free agency and signed wide receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley plus tailbacks Frank Gore and T.J. Yeldon.Top picks Ed Oliver and Cody Ford should make an immediate contributions to the Bills. However, since the core of this team is still very young, I think they will take some time to develop to be able to beat elite teams like the New England Patriots.
The Miami Dolphins spent their offseason cutting veterans and clearing cap space, leading to rumors that they might go “tanking” in 2019 with the hopes of securing a high pick in next year’s draft which is rich in quarterback talent. But Miami added Josh Rosen from the Arizona Cardinals and the young quarterback could help fast track their rebuild. Rosen had a terrible rookie season but given his reputation, he could turn out to be a gem for the Dolphins. Like Buffalo, it’s going to take Miami some time to return to the big stage.
The AFC East is one of the easiest divisions to pick in the NFL. That’s because in the last decade, only one team has won it. Since Tom Brady and Bill Belichick combined forces two decades ago, the New England Patriots became a dynasty. Brady is now 42 and lost his favorite target in Gronk to retirement but this is a team that has been through all kinds of adversity before. They have kept winning all these years with a formula no one has ever seen before. The Pats signed the controversial Antonio Brown and it remains to be seen if he will even play this season. But if he does, that’s icing on the cake. If not, New England is still the team to beat. Their week 1 demolition of the Pittsburgh Steelers is just a warning sign. Prediction: New England Patriots