Discussion in 'PatsFans.com - Patriots Fan Forum' started by zippo59, Mar 11, 2007.
Or at least how they will finish next year.
I'll give my prediction later.
pats - barring injury, it's a pretty safe bet.
jets - assuming they keep on the path they've been on.
phins - porter was a nice pickup but they're reetooling and it's pretty major. Gonna take a while before it takes.
bills - hapless. Losman blows.
My prediction as of right now is differnt than how it will eventually be. It's impossible to do so right now simply because the Dolphins couldn't even field a starting roster we've been so depleted with garbarge cap eating underachieving bums. So I'm going to make my prediction based off of what I think will happen in the months to come.
1. Patriots- Finally had a big FA period and have upgraded at several positions
2. Dolphins- Arguably the best defense in the NFL and the best pass rush in football. If Culpepper is healthy and gets time to pass, the offense will be a lot better. The Fins also have 9 picks in the 2007 draft.
3. Jets- Last year's cinderella story came against a very weak schedule. Pennington struggles to get it down the field and the offense is too dink and dunk to compete against the very good AFCE defenses.
4. Bills- Lost Clements, Fletcher and McGahee. Losman to Evans is starting to develope, but no one else on offense scares me and they lost their 2 best defenders.
EDIT: As much as hate the other 3 teams in the East, it's great that the division is back to supremecy. I believe it has become the best division in football once again.
3 Jetsters fall back where they belong
Two best defenders? I would consider Aaron Schobel one of their top two defenders.
Good point. But losing Clements and Fletcher is still insurmountable.
1st place: (In alphabetical order) Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots.
Last place: (In alphabetical order) Bills, Dolphins, Jets, Patriots.
Intermediate rankings will be determined once we've seen more of the moves the four teams will make as the 9 day old season progresses.
Yeah, that defense is going to be nasty, but...
PFFFFHAHAHAHAHA! Are you joking me? The East is most likely the weakest division in the AFC.
Anyway, my list depends strongly on whether Culpepper regains his psyche (because that was the problem, not so much his knee) or not. If not, they fall from second to third.
1. Pats- Nobody else rules this division.
2. Jets- a shoe in since I don't think Culpepper will come back and Buffalo is obviously going to suck. They probably won't make the wild card though since Pennington's arm is pretty much dead from the shoulder down and they have a tougher schedule.
3. Dolphins- Like I said, the defense will be nasty, but I see their offense being non-existant.
4. Bills- Losman blows, McGahee is gone, Evans is the only good receiver, and they've lost a lot more than they've gained on defense. Not to mention Dick Jauron is their head coach. I can't really imagine that team ever being good again.
Really though, it's too early to tell. We still have the draft coming up and it's loaded with talent. Any one of these teams can improve and suprise people next year. But nobody is taking the division away from us.
PS: You asked, OK???.........pfffffffft!!!!!
1. Pats (12-4 and Reloaded.. tough schedule could be a concern depending on how it shapes out.
2. Dolphins (Their defense is too good to stay at the basement of the division again, and can their offense really be any worse than it was last season? Culpepper has to play someday, right?)
3. Jets (Feel good story last season but I think this season ends up a lot like it did for the 2002 Pats, expectations high but the talent isn't there to make another run, should be back in 08.)
4. Bills (Did more bad than good this offseason and are missing key components on both sides of the ball)
Thats how I see it shaping up, good chance the Fins take one of the wildcards.
The AFC East was the best division in the NFL last season. Check out the Sagarin ratings on USA Today.
Pats-Tough schedule. Bady should handle blitz happy nfc east but host SD, @Bal, @Ind, @Cin looks bad now. 5-1 vs Div, 2-2 vs AFC Division Winners, 3-1 vs NFC East.
Bills-Easier schedule than Jets and same coaching staff as last season. their OL is improved, this draft is good for defense and they need LB, DT and CB. Since everyone else is counting them out. 9-7(6-2 @home)
Jets-Will be better but @Cin and @Bal will drop them to 7-9 or 8-8. They will struggle like last years NYG, Jac, Cin teams did. Bubble out.
Phins-Third coaching staff in four years. Cameron is no Mangini, maybe next year. But if 9 draft picks is correct they could surprise. 6-10
Thank you for giving me a second opinion on that fact. I think it will be the best again in 2007.
Pats - holes being filled, weaknesses strengthened
Jets - quietly building good team
Fins - Cameron undertaking the rebuilding exercise that Saban should have done; foundations are firm, but they don't move up this list until the QB situation is resolved.
Bills - Going backwards quickly. Difficult to understand what's going on up there.
Pats, Jests, Fins and Jills. Elementary my dear Watson.
I'll elaborate on my picks.
The Patriots are the best team in the division to begin with and they just made some moves to help in big areas of need, and they still have two first round draft picks.
The Jets wereput on the right track by Mangini and unless Pennington gets gurt again (not out of the realm of possibility) he is a solid QB and a game manager. Their running game is better with Jones, their young guys on the offensive line will have more time to mature, and Mangini has another draft to bring in the kind of players that fit the 3-4 defense.
The Bills have some big defensive players, but they still have some good young guys like Whitner, Schobel, Kelsay, and Simpson. They have improved their offense line and they have somethng Miami doesn't--a QB.
The Dolphins defense is always tough, but Taylor and Thomas are getting older and they still have no definite answer at QB. Miami is proved that even with a good defense they aren't going anywhere with out a capable quarterback, and at this point it is a big question as to whether they will have one.
Miami could flip with NYJ. I'll update as the season progresses.
the last thing you should be doing is making predictions .its obvious with your track record your not very good at it
1) Pats - it's all about the defense and RB. If we can shore up the ILB in a meaningful way and don't have to rely soley on Bruschi (read- get a playmaker next to Vrabel), and Maroney proves he's tough enough to lug the nut all day - well, we'll be a no. 1 or 2 seed for the playoffs. Those are two pretty big ifs, I'll admit. Thus we need to draft an ILB and RB who can both play now. A wild man SS in the draft would seal the deal for the Pats to be a top flight team.
2) Jets - Jones was a key addition and will be a thorn in our sides all season I'm afraid. Tougher schedule will expose some holes but Mangina has these guys believing in him already, if he keeps their minds right this year they will only get better. If Pennington stays on the field they are in the playoffs.
3) Miami- Last hurrah for aging D keeps them from sliding into abyss. But an offense that scored only 26 TD's last season and was fourth worst in overall points will only struggle more without McMicheal, Welker, Morris, and a sure thing QB.
4) Bills - Losman started to play better at the end of the season, and the whole team responded. So what do they do? Lose Clements and Fletcher, two anchors on D; trade Losman's security blanket in McGahee, are trying to trade Spikes, and overpay for some so-so O-linemen. As it stands right now, the Bills could be the worst team in the league next season.
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