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2015 NFL Season Preview and Predictions--AFC East Division

Updated on August 30, 2015
Tom Brady is the greatest QB of all time.  The facts are the facts.
Tom Brady is the greatest QB of all time. The facts are the facts.

Patriots

The Patriots will be in contention again after beating the Seahawks in last years Super Bowl. I don't think they will repeat. Not because of the deflategate scandal. That is lame on so many levels. The only balls that were deflated in the AFC Championship game was on the Colts sideline. The Ravens and Colts are sore losers plain and simple.

The Pats are blessed with the greatest QB of all time. That's right I said it. Tom Brady is the best. He delivers in big games and has the stats to back it up. He is in a class of his own. He has lead his team to 6 Super Bowls winning 4 and 3 Super Bowl MVP's. You can argue as much as you want but he's the best in my eyes. Tom Brady is the reason why I give the Pats a shot to win every year. Make no mistake about it, they won't be the same when he's gone. People love to bring up the season he missed and how they went 10-5 without him. Did they make playoffs? No they didn't. That's how important he is. What would their record have been with him all year? Don't know but I'm willing to bet better than 11-5. That team was really good.

Rob Gronkowski is a major player in the passing game. They need him to be healthy. He opens up so much space in this offense. He's the best Tight End in the game. They have a solid core of receivers. No one truly scary but they play their roles extremely well.

The defense was ranked 13th last year. That was a huge improvement. It's one of the reasons why this team got over the hump again. I think the team will miss corners Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. They were physical and strong cover corners. Without them the Pats may have to rely on more zone coverage. I think the defense will be their downfall and cause them not to repeat.

The Pats will be tough to beat. They own the AFC East and I see them winning this division and making playoffs as a 3 seed.



New England Patriots 11-5

Opponent
Result
Record
Pittsburgh
L
0-1
@Buffalo
L
0-2
Jacksonville
W
1-2
Bye
 
 
@Dallas
W
2-2
@Indianapolis
W
3-2
New York Jets
W
4-2
Miami
W
5-2
Washington
W
6-2
@New York Giants
L
6-3
Buffalo
W
7-3
@Denver
L
7-4
Philadelphia
W
8-4
@Houston
W
9-4
Tennessee
W
10-4
@New York Jets
W
11-4
@Miami
L
11-5

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Dolphins

It seems like every year the experts expect the Dolphins to challenge in the AFC East and every year the Dolphins finish at 500. That's an exaggeration but it truly fills that way. I don't see them catching the Patriots this year. They will be competitive but they always are. There is something missing. I don't know if Head Coach Joe Philbin is the reason. What I do know is if he doesn't make the playoffs this year, he's through. Another 8-8 or worse year would do him in.

QB Ryan Tannehill's numbers continue to improve. I just don't know if he can win the big games. He will give them an opportunity to be in a lot of games but he needs help. They need to improve the running game. There just isn't a reliable go to RB on this team. Lamar Miller had a solid year but I don't know that he's a workhouse guy. I know people think those backs are a dying breed. I disagree. There is a reason why Seattle is really good on offense and he goes by the name of Beast Mode. Their WR's or average at best. This too hurt's Tannehill's performance. There isn't a receiver on this team that strikes fear in defenses.

The defense is the strength of this team. I think the defense will give them an opportunity to improve on their 8-8 record. They were ranked 12th last year and could improve greatly with the signing of DT Ndamukong Suh. Suh is a force but he is also a knucle head who gets stupid penalties. They will team Suh with Cameron Wake their top pash rushers. Those two could wreck havoc on teams.

I still don't think the Dolphins are ready to make the move. They have enough talent to be a wild card team but I think they will finish 8-8. I expect a coaching change and maybe that will be what they need to make the leap in 2016.

Miami Dolphins 8-8

Opponent
Result
Record
@Washington
W
1-0
@Jacksonville
W
2-0
Buffalo
W
3-0
New York Jets
W
4-0
Bye
 
4-0
@Tennessee
L
4-1
Houston
L
4-2
@New England
L
4-3
@Buffalo
L
4-4
@Philadelphia
L
4-5
Dallas
L
4-6
@New York Jets
L
4-7
Baltimore
L
4-8
New York Giants
W
5-8
@San Diego
W
6-8
Indianapolis
W
7-8
New England
W
8-8

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The Bills acquired a major weapon in LeSean McCoy.
The Bills acquired a major weapon in LeSean McCoy.

Bills

The Bills are going to be every experts team to watch. Not mine and I'm no expert. I have seen enough of Rex Ryan to not buy it. He had a good run early with the Jets. They went to two AFC Championship games. He got the most out of that team. Then his ego got in the way. This team will be strong on defense, it's what Ryan does best. The offense will struggle because they don't have a QB. They never even tried to get one in the offseason or draft. That's what is really disturbing. They acquired LeSean McCoy at RB. That should help the offense but they will be limited because their signal callers are awful. Their isn't going to be much to get excited for in year 1 under Rex Ryan. The offense was ranked 26th last year. Ryan's offense with the Jets were ranked 22th, so expect more of the same.

The defense was ranked 4th in 2014. You can expect that to be same or higher. They will be tough on this side of the ball. They have a lot of talent on this side of the ball. Especially in the front seven with Mario Williams, Jerry Hughes and Marcell Dareus. They'll get after the QB and make teams miserable. It will take some time to get the offense up to speed. I'd be shocked If they can compete.

Buffalo Bills 6-10

Opponent
Result
Record
Indianapolis
L
0-1
New England
W
1-1
@Miami
L
1-2
New York Giants
L
1-3
@Tennessee
W
2-3
Cincinnati
L
2-4
@Jacksonville
W
3-4
Bye
 
3-4
Miami
W
4-4
@New York Jets
W
5-4
@New England
L
5-5
@ Kansas City
L
5-6
Houston
L
5-7
@Philadelphia
L
5-8
@Washington
L
5-9
Dallas
L
5-10
New York Jets
W
6-10

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Jets

The Jets have a new General Manager and Head Coach which means they have a lot of work to do. Mike Maccagnan and Todd Bowles will have their hands full. The teams major problem will be at the QB position. Their potential starter Geno Smith will missed time after having his jaw broken by a former teammate. Their other option Ryan Fitzpatrick is a career back up. Bryce Petty is a project and may be a few years away. They have a stable of backup RB's on the roster. They are hoping a starter emerges. They should have a solid duo at wideout. Eric Decker and Brandon Marshall will give the starting QB two reliable targets.

The defense should be strong. They were ranked 6th last year but Rex Ryan is gone. Todd Bowles is a former Defensive Coordinator and his defenses have played well in the past. His defense with the Cardinals last year was disruptive but only ranked 24th. The defense will be boosted with the return of their CB duo, Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. They have a strong defensive front with Muhammad Wilerson and Sheldon Richardson. They added 1st round pick and the player the experts said was the best player in the draft, Leonard Williams. If they can keep the scores low maybe this team will have a chance to steal a few wins. It's gonna take time so don't expect much in year one of this regime.

New York Jets 4-12

Opponent
Result
Record
Cleveland
L
0-1
@Indianapolis
L
0-2
Philadelphia
L
0-3
@Miami
L
0-4
Bye
 
0-4
Washington
W
1-4
@New England
L
1-5
@Oakland
L
1-6
Jacksonville
W
2-6
Buffalo
L
2-7
@Houston
L
2-8
Miami
W
3-8
@New York Giants
L
3-9
Tennessee
W
4-9
@Dallas
L
4-10
New England
L
4-11
@Buffalo
L
4-12

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Randal Bruce vs ESPN Experts

AFC East
My 2015 Predictions
ESPN's Predictions
New England Patriots
11-5
11-5
Miami Dolphins
8-8
9-7
Buffalo Bills
6-10
9-7
New York Jets
4-12
8-8
As you can see we seem to share the same thoughts on the Pats and Dolphins. ESPN loves Rex Ryan but I can't imagine that team winning 9 games. They seem to be a little delusional on the Jets as well.

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