AFC East Predictions & Odds - NFL Division Winner 2020/21

AFC East Predictions

AFC East Division Winner 2020 Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, updated on September 22.

TeamOdds
Buffalo Bills-125
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New England Patriots+130
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Miami Dolphins+1600
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New York Jets+1600
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AFC East Win Totals 2020 Odds

Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook, updated on August 31.

TeamOverUnder
NE Patriots8.5 (-150)
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8.5 (+123)
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Buffalo Bills8.5 (-143)
9.5 (+163)
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8.5 (+118)
9.5 (-200)
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Miami Dolphins6.5 (+110)
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6.5 (-134)
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New York Jets6.5 (+110)
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6.5 (-134)
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New England Patriots (+130)

2019 W-L

Record

Head CoachStarting QBOffensive PlaymakerDefensive Playmaker
12-4Bill BelichickJarrett StidhamWR Julian EdelmanCB Stephon Gilmore

Key Offseason Acquisitions

Beau Allen, DT; Damiere Byrd, WR; Brian Hoyer, QB; Devin McCourty, S (two-year, $23 million contract); Adrian Phillips, S; Matthew Slater, ST (two-year extension); Joe Thuney, OG (franchise tag); Danny Vitale, FB

Last time GOAT quarterback Tom Brady played for the New England Patriots was in 2019 when the team went 12-4, won the AFC East for the 19th time since 2000, and went to the playoffs for the 11th season in a row, though they lost in the Wild Card round for the first time since 2009.

The biggest news in New England has been the need to fill the large and talented shoes of the departing Brady, though Pats general manager/head coach/defensive coordinator Bill Belichick appears to be content with mentoring second-year man Jarrett Stidham for the role.

Belichick decided to use the 2020 NFL Draft to beef up his already solid defense with young players, selecting safety Kyle Dugger and linebackers Josh Uche and Anfernee Jennings with his first three picks.

Buffalo Bills (-125)

2019 W-L RecordHead CoachStarting QBOffensive PlaymakerDefensive Playmaker
10-6Sean McDermottJosh AllenWR Stefon DiggsCB Tre’Davious White

Key Offseason Acquisitions

Stefon Diggs, WR; Mario Addison, Edge; Vernon Butler, DT; E.J. Gaines, CB; Quinton Jefferson, DE; Josh Norman, CB; Quinton Spain, OG; Daryl Williams, OL

Under fourth-year head coach Sean McDermott, the Buffalo Bills have become regular playoff contenders, their 10-6 record in 2019 good enough to get them to the Wild Card round for the second time in the three seasons since he has been in charge.

After free agency, Buffalo’s young third-year quarterback Josh Allen not only has a slightly better front line protecting him, he also now has one of the most exciting receivers in the league, Stefon Diggs, as a deep threat target.

Add to that the excellent pass rusher they snagged in the draft, Iowa defensive end A.J. Epenesa, who in three seasons for the Hawkeyes posted 26.5 total sacks and 101 total tackles, giving depth and young legs behind starting ends Mario Addison and Jerry Hughes.

Miami Dolphins (+1600)

2019 W-L RecordHead CoachStarting QBOffensive PlaymakerDefensive Playmaker
5-11Brian FloresRyan Fitzpatrick / Tua TagovailoaWR DeVante ParkerDE Shaq Lawson

Key Offseason Acquisitions

Shaq Lawson, Edge; Adrian Colbert, S (Re-signed to a one-year deal); Ereck Flowers, OT; Kamu Grugier-Hill, LB; Jordan Howard, RB; Byron Jones, CB; Ted Karras, OL; Emmanuel Ogbah, Edge; Elandon Roberts, LB; Kyle Van Noy, LB.

The Miami Dolphins were accused of ‘tanking for Tua’ in 2019, and though they didn’t stink like the Bengals, they did a decent job coming close with a 5-11 record and a last-place finish in the AFC East.

Chances are journeyman quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick will begin the season as the Dolphins’ starter under center, but the second he falters or sprains a pinky, expect the Phins’ fans to start screaming for rookie Tagovailoa.

Despite his history of injuries that limited his playing time last season, Tagovailoa was considered the top quarterback of the 2020 draft class behind LSU’s Joe Burrow, so for Miami to get him as their potential franchise QB gives their future (if not their 2020 season) something to look forward to.

New York Jets (+1600)

2019 W-L RecordHead CoachStarting QBOffensive PlaymakerDefensive Playmaker
7-9Adam GaseSam DarnoldRB Le’Veon BellLB Jordan Jenkins

Key Offseason Acquisitions

Josh Andrews, C/G; Pierre Desir, CB; George Fant, T; Frank Gore, RB; Jordan Jenkins, Edge; Alex Lewis, G (new deal); Connor McGovern, C; Patrick Onwuasor, LB; Breshad Perriman, WR; Brian Poole, CB; Greg Van Roten

Despite their starting quarterback Sam Darnold missing three games with Mono in 2019, the New York Jets finished with their best win-loss record since 2015, their 7-9 final results good enough to snag third place in the AFC East.

The Jets’ front office had two major plans for the offseason – protect Sam Darnold a whole lot better (he’s been sacked 63 times in his two NFL seasons) and give him a couple more deep threat targets to throw the football to.

It was an active free agency for New York as they snagged O-line depth and wide receiver Perriman, but they scored even bigger in the draft with a starting left tackle, Mekhi Becton from Louisville, and Baylor star receiver Denzel Mims, both sure to be instant contributors in 2020.

Which Team has Won the Most AFC East Divisional Titles?

TeamDivision Titles
New England Patriots21
Miami Dolphins13
Buffalo Bills7
New York Jets2

Which AFC East Team Has Won the Most Super Bowls?

TeamSuper Bowls
New England Patriots6
Miami Dolphins2
New York Jets1
Buffalo Bills0

That honor also goes to the New England Patriots, who have won eleven AFC championships, which they have turned into six Super Bowl wins: XXXVI in 2001, XXXVIII in 2003, XXXIX in 2004, XLIX in 2014, LI in 2016 and LIII in 2018.

Next in line are the Miami Dolphins, who have won thirteen AFC championships, which they have turned into two Super Bowl wins, VII in 1972 and VIII in 1973.

Next come the New York Jets, who have won two AFC championships, which they have turned into one Super Bowl win, III, the AFL-NFL matchup in 1968.

Finally are the Buffalo Bills, who have won four conference championships, which they have turned into zero Super Bowl wins, though they did have two AFL championships in 1964 and 1965.

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