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AFC East champion?

  • Buffalo Bills

  • Miami Dolphins

  • New England Patriots

  • New York Jets


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crawhammer

Third String But Playing on Special Teams
Right now, Buffalo is still the favorite to win the division. The only way New England can flip that is by significantly upgrading at quarterback. You can read a lot of fans trying to talk themselves into believing Newton really wasn't all that bad, it was more about the lack of weapons. As much as Newton's supporting cast was pathetic, and as much as they may have improved with the FA acquisitions, Newton is a washed up stiff who would make the '89 49ers look bad. Two breakout hopefuls at TE and two middling WR's aren't going to compensate for Newton's limitations as a passer.

Will New England have the best defense in the division? Probably. Special teams? Sure but whatever. Best running game? Ok, maybe. Coaching staffs? It's legitimately debatable, McDermott is no fool, and there's no better OC & QB duo in the NFL right now than Daboll & Allen.

However, here's where you come across the biggest difference maker...

QB: Cam Newton
WR: Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, Jakobi Meyers & Julian Edelman
TE: Hunter Henry & Jonnu Smith

QB: Josh Allen
WR: Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders, Gabriel Davis & Cole Beasley
TE: Dawson Knox & Jacob Hollister

Check mark at TE for New England for sure, but at WR and especially at QB, Buffalo has a big enough of an advantage that it'll make up the difference and then some.

If New England wants to contend for the division next year then they need an upgrade at quarterback. Otherwise with Newton their ceiling is 10 wins, which is Buffalo's floor. So, as it stands now, Buffalo is still a strong favorite to win the division, because of practically one position.
 

patsfanfromoversea

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I expect it's pretty close. We were last year not far away from beating them. With that team !!. Our schedule might be easier. I can see more than 10 wins for sure. Maybe it's a bit optimistic. I hope Newton improves with full TC working on his footwork and mechanics. Get the ball out quicklier.

vote: NEP
 

Patsgofor4

In the Starting Line-Up
Right now, Buffalo is still the favorite to win the division. The only way New England can flip that is by significantly upgrading at quarterback. You can read a lot of fans trying to talk themselves into believing Newton really wasn't all that bad, it was more about the lack of weapons. As much as Newton's supporting cast was pathetic, and as much as they may have improved with the FA acquisitions, Newton is a washed up stiff who would make the '89 49ers look bad. Two breakout hopefuls at TE and two middling WR's aren't going to compensate for Newton's limitations as a passer.

Will New England have the best defense in the division? Probably. Special teams? Sure but whatever. Best running game? Ok, maybe. Coaching staffs? It's legitimately debatable, McDermott is no fool, and there's no better OC & QB duo in the NFL right now than Daboll & Allen.

However, here's where you come across the biggest difference maker...

QB: Cam Newton
WR: Nelson Agholor, Kendrick Bourne, Jakobi Meyers & Julian Edelman
TE: Hunter Henry & Jonnu Smith

QB: Josh Allen
WR: Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders, Gabriel Davis & Cole Beasley
TE: Dawson Knox & Jacob Hollister

Check mark at TE for New England for sure, but at WR and especially at QB, Buffalo has a big enough of an advantage that it'll make up the difference and then some.

If New England wants to contend for the division next year then they need an upgrade at quarterback. Otherwise with Newton their ceiling is 10 wins, which is Buffalo's floor. So, as it stands now, Buffalo is still a strong favorite to win the division, because of practically one position.

Now compare defenses and special teams. Those are important, too, and the Pats have the edge in both. The Bills still have the edge but it would also be a surprise to me if the Pats take back the East next year. I refuse to believe that BB would put all of his QB eggs in the Newton basket.
 
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Ivan

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Buffalo. Until QB is actually fixed we can’t expect the Patriots to win the division. I love what they have done in free agency, and I think they are a better team now than last season’s version, but unless Newton suddenly turns back into an MVP caliber player it’s hard to expect success.
 

GaryfromTO

Third String But Playing on Special Teams
If the Pat's don't upgrade at QB after all the moves they've made, then it will be like having a Ferrari with a CVT transmission.
 

Nikolai

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....and coaching and ST and schedule. The OP has no understanding of anything that isn't on PFF or in Pro-Football Reference.

Troll job to rile up the natives....as usual.

The day the OP has something positive to say about the Pats, he'll shuffle off to go troll Buffalo fans, and we shan't hear from him again.

Change the record...
 

irishfanatic

Third String But Playing on Special Teams
We are a month away from the Draft and over 5 months to the start of the season......ingenious thought for a Thread Title in March, especially with our unknown QB situation.
Give me patience.
 

Patsgofor4

In the Starting Line-Up
That’s prob why these areas were glossed over by the OP.

Yup. The Bills front 7 is not great and they did not have the cap space to add anyone if FA. Getting Star Lotulelei back will not fix all of their issues. They had trouble getting to the QB last year and Hughes is getting long in the tooth. After White, cornerback is a big question mark for them.
 

Patsgofor4

In the Starting Line-Up
The day the OP has something positive to say about the Pats, he'll shuffle off to go troll Buffalo fans, and we shan't hear from him again.

Change the record...
Aaah, good to know. I’ll add him to my ever-growing list. I’ve named it “Keeping Up With The Adam Joneses”.
 

dreighver

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I generally don't like the whole fandom purity test stuff, but the OP's reaction to Cam being re-signed was "go Bucs". Should tell you everything you need to know.

This thread exists to stir the pot. While I certainly respect the mods here have a challenging job managing all of us jackasses, IMO they should've waved the magic wand for Craw a long while ago.
 

ashley1992

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Craw is definitely anti Bill to a fault but we won't go there. I didn't think the OP was trolling but we know at any time that could change and if/when it does, this thread will be locked.
 

pazrul72

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I actually expect the Bills to take a step back this year and be fighting for a playoff spot not the bye. They overachieved last year and now have the pressure of being one of the better teams with a QB that other teams will use as a measuring stick. I think the Pats can split with them and its the games against Miami that will determine the division winner. I would say too close to call right now lets see what the draft brings. Either way should be an entertaining year that comes down to the wire and thats all I ever hope for.
 

amfootball

In the Starting Line-Up
We are hopefully a WC this year. The extra game will make things interesting. I think 11 wins will be a must to get in.
 

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