Today we’re looking at the total win projections for each AFC East team, and choosing between either “over” or “under”. (odds courtesy of Bodog.com) Feel free to play along in the comments section.
Buffalo Bills: 5.5 Wins (Under)
This Bills team has two glaring problems. They don’t have a quarterback, and even if they did, they don’t have an offensive line to protect him. The running game and defense might take them to five wins, but I don’t see any more than that.
Miami Dolphins: 8.5 Wins (Under)
The Dolphins are an 8-8 football team. While explosive, they lack a consistent offensive attack to keep the pressure off their young defense. Brandon Marshall may help with that, but unless he can play safety as well, the Dolphins are a couple of players away from being contenders.
New York Jets: 9.5 Wins (Over)
This was my hardest decision, as I see the Jets being anywhere from 9-7 to 11-5. They have a lot of great players on their team, but if I were a fireman that sat on some dude’s shoulders, I would worry about their depth. However, an improved Mark Sanchez can render a lot of things moot. If he builds on his 31st ranked 2009 season, the defense won’t have to carry the water each game.
New England Patriots: 9.5 Wins (Over)
Tom Brady has won nine games or fewer exactly one time, 2002, where they tied for the AFC East division lead. Now that some youngsters are joining the crowd, we fully expect the Patriots to navigate a difficult schedule and finish with at least 10 wins. There are still some question marks on the offensive and defensive lines, but the depth of the Patriots should be enough to handle a trade (Mankins) or an injury.