Friday, September 4, 2015

AFC East: Biggest Questions

        Now that we've finished covering the NFC, we're moving on to the AFC. We start off with the AFC East, a division that has potential to be one of the toughest. Here we go!

Buffalo Bills: Could this be the year? The Buffalo Bills currently have the longest playoff drought in the NFL, having missed the playoffs since 1999. However, this season shows a lot of promise. A new head coach (Rex Ryan), a new running back (LeSean McCoy), and a defense (4th in the NFL in total defense) led by Mario Williams (14.5 sacks last season) all give the Bills hope in making the postseason. It isn't just Mario Williams that is so good on the defense; the Bills' secondary held opponents to the third-lowest yards-per-game in the NFL at 205.8 yards a game.
Miami Dolphins: Can Ryan Tannehill get some help? The Miami Dolphins have high hopes for their quarterback Ryan Tannehill. They've already given him a new contract worth $96 million and are hoping he's the next Dan Marino (Maybe he can do Marino one better and win a Super Bowl).The Dolphins already have a loaded defense (Especially one that could stop the run) with Ndamukong Suh on the defensive line. The Dolphins were 17th in the NFL in receiving yards, so they went out and got Greg Jennings and Kenny Stills to boost their receiving corps.
New England Patriots: With Brady's suspension lifted, now what? Now that Tom Brady's a free man, expect there to be hell to pay in the NFL. The defending Super Bowl champs now have their top quarterback returning and avert having to go to Jimmy Garoppolo; Garoppolo has had a subpar preseason so far. However, their secondary has been weakened with Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis both gone.
New York Jets: How will the post-Rex Ryan era go? Darrelle Revis is coming back to the Jets and he's bolstering a defense that is already good; the Jets ranked 6th in total defense last season with 5,235 yards allowed. The Jets mainly got good defense from stopping the run; the secondary was 14th in total yards allowed in the NFL. The only problem will be the lack of offense that will keep the defense on the field for too long. With Geno Smith being hurt, that only makes things worse.

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