2010 NFL Predictions: AFC East

AFC East Predictions

Can a healthy Randy Moss and Tom Brady raise the Patriots to old heights in 2010?

AFC East Predictions

New England Patriots (11-5)

The Patriots have a very tough schedule in 2010, facing playoff teams eight times.  Their young players will have a steep learning curve if they are to have an impact during the first six weeks of the season. New tight ends Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez should help turn around the Patriots poor performance in the red-zone last year.  Devin McCourty and Brandon Spikes should make immediate impacts, while Jermaine Cunningham could become an option at OLB during the season.  While there may be some growing pains initially due to injuries and youth, look for a battle-tested team to be ready for a deep playoff-run by January.

New York Jets (9-7)

This isn’t just typical Patriots hate for the Jets placing them second in the division.  They were a 7-9 team last year that were given two wins at the end of the season by two teams (Cinci and Indy) that had already clinched their respective division titles.  They had a great run in the playoffs though, and added lots of intriguing players to the mix for 2010, including Kyle Wilson and Vlad Ducasse through the draft.  One of the problems for the Jets is that Rex Ryan doesn’t have a Ph. D in chemistry.  With all of the egos (Ladanian, Cromartie, Holmes, Edwards…) on the Jets team, it will be a balanced equation to keep everyone happy.  The Jets’ depth is also quite questionable.  On paper they might have the best 22-man team in the NFL, but it takes 53 guys to win a championship. Mark Sanchez will have to be a better QB than 31st in the league if he is going to complement the #1 defense and #1 rushing attack in the league.

Miami Dolphins (8-8)

Head coach Tony Sparano is counting on an additional year of experience for Chad Henne, along with a dynamic receiver in Brandon Marshall to turn around a 7-win season from 2009. Their flirtation with the “Wildcat” might be coming to an end if that duo can get things going.  On defense, the Dolphins added three young defenders that will be expected to contribute right away.  Jared Odrick and Koa Misi will get after the opposing quarterback, while NEPD favorite AJ Edds will need to use his coverage skills to neutralize some potent AFC East offenses.  The Dolphins have certainly improved, but they may be one year away from really threatening the Jets and Patriots for division dominance.

Buffalo Bills (3-13)

The Bills don’t do many things well.  Their pass defense is pretty decent, but other than that they ranked in the bottom half of the league.  The best part of their offense, the RB position, is what they chose to address in the off-season, adding CJ Spiller.  Meanwhile, they have no quarterback, a poor offensive line, and a receiving corps that borders on destitute. The bright side?  The Bills should have a chance to rectify those problems with a very high pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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7 Responses to “2010 NFL Predictions: AFC East”

  1. Jared says:

    Everybody got better in the AFC east this year…But no-one else got a QB like Tom Brady…

    Patriots. 11-5…win the division due to AFC east opponent winning percentage.

    Jets. 11-5…win the Wild Card

    Dolphins. 9-7

    Bills. 3-13

    JNIMZ

  2. JMC says:

    I’ve been a Patriots fan since I was in the 6th grade, Jim Plunket’s rookie year- I think our Patriots have done a good job rebuilding what was an aging team- but I have to believe that the Jets, Dolphins and Ravens along with maybe the Colts, are the teams in the AFC most ready to compete for elite status in the AFC this year.

    If the Patriots are going to win big this season, I think, a lot of first and second year guys are going to have to step up beyond their experience (and as they might-two, three years down the road).

    The Patriots look very exciting this year but I think the three for-mentioned have their ducks better situated in their respective row(s)……for 2010.

  3. Ryan Buske says:

    A Few Things to Note:
    1. In my opinion, our TE’s have gotten much better with the addition to a TE coach and I believe it will help out tremendously; espicially the Red Zone. We also have some additions to the return game Tate and McCourty which was sorely hurting. Fred Taylor will hopefully be health as well.

    2. While our OLB’s may not be the best they aren’t learning a new system, and we have plenty of depth at ILB and CB. I also believe having a safety coach will help tremendously.

    3. We have played againt LT and Cromartie, and to be honest I was more scared of T. Jones. That being said Holmes I dont think maybe I’m wrong will be available for the first game.

    4. We have young guys wanting to play with a better group of coaches. Brady I think will also be better this season.

    For those reasons, I believe that we will atleast win one game if not both.

    Welker and Mankins will hurt, but Edelman and Bill’s ability to find OL is somthing that as a fan I do not even worry about.

  4. Jared says:

    Agreed, if you look at who the Jets have added, its impressive…But if you look at what they have lost-( L.Washington, T.Jones, A.Faneca, and K.Rhodes….its far less impressive. Not to mention that Holmes cant play a good number of games, and he and B.Edwards could be rentals this season.

  5. Bob says:

    I think its the Jets being first, and the Pats coming in second. (And I hate myself for saying that) but its true. WE have a harder schedule, and they added a lot of key players to offense. They already have the number 1 defense.






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