When it comes to making NFL Predictions about the AFC East, figuring who is going to give New England a push is about as exciting as being a storm chaser in the desert, since there is not a whole lot going on to keep one’s interest.
The gap between the Pats and pack is exemplified in the NFL odds when looking at the present season win totals, where the difference is five games, which means the Patriots will should the AFC East wrapped up some time around Thanksgiving. However, we are all aware Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are not interested in hanging division banner titles and instead play for the rings.
Here is a preseason preview from some of my sharp betting friends and my thoughts blended in. All odds listed are courtesy of 5Dimes.
This is not news, but Bill Belichick remains the best coach in the NFL. When you break New England down position by position by talent, they are fourth or fifth in the NFL. When you add the coaching and teaching in the individual groups, that is what separates them…No quarterback at Tom Brady’s age has not seen a fairly noticeable drop off, can he defeat Father Time?…Look for receiver Brandin Cook and Mike Gillislee to flourish in this offense…All experts agree, New England is the team to beat in the AFC and for win total either bet OVER of pass for NFL picks.
Odds to Win the Division (as of 7/27)
New England -900
N.Y. Jets +10000
Adam Gase proved more than ready to take over as a head coach in the NFL and Miami improved by four wins and played with toughness, something not seen in South Florida for years…Ryan Tannehill is a far more dependable quarterback with a running game and Gase coached him to look further down the field to let plays develop…The low season win total compared to last year’s victory’s is based on still suspect defense that lacks speed and if Tannehill’s knee will hold up after avoiding surgery on ACL…All experts agree, if offensive line stays healthy to protect Tannehill and the defense makes strides at linebacker and in the secondary, the Dolphins are OVER play for win total.