Wednesday, August 10, 2016

AFC East Preview: 2016

            It's hard to believe that football season is around the corner, but this should be a time of celebrating for everyone. It'll be time to dedicate your Sundays to watching a flying pigskin this fall and gorging on snacks. With that being said, let us kick off the 2016 NFL preview with a look at the AFC East!!!

  1. New England Patriots: Tom Brady has been suspended for the first four games of this season due to the fallout from DeflateGate. New England's first four games consist of a road contest at Arizona and home games versus Miami, Houston, and Buffalo. The Patriots have a good chance of doing no better than 3-1 in these four games. While there is the drama involving Julian Edelman and his tweaked foot at training camp, New England does have a new red zone weapon in Martellus Bennett.
  2. New York Jets: For once, the Jets finally have a wide receiver in Brandon Marshall (1,502 receiving yards, 109 receptions, 14 touchdowns). Marshall has proven to be reliable every time he gets a look. Not only that, but he has a formidable sidekick in Eric Decker (1,027 yards, 80 receptions, 12 touchdowns)! Gang Green could be an exciting air show to watch this season. 
  3. Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins' defense didn't really live up to expectations, placing 18th in give/take (-3), 21st in opponent's receiving yards (4,225), and 28th in opponent's rushing yards (2,019). So the Dolphins added corner Chris Culliver as a veteran presence, defensive end Mario Williams to join Ndamukong Suh, and linebacker Kiko Alonso in hopes that Alonso duplicates his 2013 season with Buffalo. 
  4. Buffalo Bills: Rex Ryan isn't well known for turning water into wine regarding quarterbacks. He'll have a dilemma in his hands regarding Tyrod Taylor and E.J. Manuel, two somewhat-young quarterbacks who haven't necessarily made it big in Buffalo. One positive is that Richie Incognito has proven to be a great addition to the Buffalo offensive line.

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