AFC East Predictions: Is it finally the NY Jets’ year?

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The AFC East could be wide open this season with no clear favorite. Could this finally be the year that the NY Jets emerge as division winners?

This offseason we are witnessing a change of scenery for a lot of players who were vital to their previous organizations — the NY Jets included.

Some fans are distraught over the loss of their star players while others are ecstatic over the new additions to their squad that could really put them over the edge next season.

In the AFC East, one of the greatest dynasties in the history of sports has been put to an end with the departure of Tom Brady. This has opened up opportunities for every team in the AFC East to take home the title in 2020.

With that said, this is my prediction for what the outcome of the AFC East will be in the 2020 season.

4th: Miami Dolphins (5-11)

I’m sorry Dolphins fans when I say this, but next season is not going to be too much of an improvement on the catastrophic 2019 season. But, things are looking to brighten up in the future.

One of the changes that will be beneficial for the Fins is the addition of new two stars to their defense. They have acquired Byron Jones, Shaq Lawson, and Kyle Van Noy which will give their defense a much-needed boost.

Nevertheless, don’t expect the Dolphins to be involved in discussions regarding the postseason.

3rd: New England Patriots (7-9)

With Tom Brady moving to Tampa Bay, the Patriots have lost the greatest quarterback of all time who led them to nine Super Bowl appearances and six victories.

But, don’t expect this to cause the Patriots to have a bummer of a season as they will still be led by Bill Belichick who has been by Brady’s side through all of those Super Bowls.

While the Patriots offense may have lost some superpower, the defense is still a powerhouse and among the best in the league.

With the loss of Brady and no help from the league with them being given the hardest schedule in the NFL for 2020, I can see the Patriots winning seven games led by the defense and Belichick.

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2nd: New York Jets (9-7)

Over this offseason, the Jets are making moves to slowly build positions that were greatly flawed last season. New York has signed three linemen who have been in the league for a few years in George Fant, Greg Van Roten, and Josh Andrews.

With the 11th overall pick looking like it is going to be put towards the line as well, the line is going to be solid for the Jets next season. With the repairs up front, this gives Le’Veon Bell more room to work and you should expect him to have a much better season coming up.

And Darnold?  This is his breakout year.

He’ll stay healthy (knock on wood), he’ll have protection up front, he has a new weapon in Breshad Perriman, and he and Adam Gase are more connected. This could be the year the Jets see the postseason for the first time in 10 years.

1st: Buffalo Bills (11-5)

Buffalo has been on the rise in the league over the past few seasons and after the overtime loss in last year’s playoff game, the organization will be more determined and ready to win than they have ever been.

Buffalo’s defense is top-tier while their offense, led by Josh Allen, continues to grow and improve. As Allen has developed over the years, he might have finally gotten the weapon he needs to become the star that many said he could be.

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With Stefon Diggs coming to Buffalo, he will provide Buffalo with a substantial offensive boost. Whoever plays Buffalo this year better be ready because Buffalo is coming with firepower.