The AFC East is considered the fourth-best NFL division this season and its four teams – Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, and New York Jets – have all been upgraded this offseason so the oddsmakers have some new ideas as to which one will win the AFC East.
The Bills have added depth to their roster while the Dolphins have added a new HC –
Mike McDaniel – and a Cheetah – WR Tyreek Hill – to their ranks, while the Patriots now have a ‘buff QB in Mac Jones, and the Jets are now upgraded with plenty of top-level rookie help.
For anxious sports gamblers, one of the exciting parts of the NFL’s eternal preseason is finding the best futures bets to put some money on, so here we go over the odds and picks for who will end up being the kings of the AFC East so that you can make the best futures bet possible.
Odds taken from DraftKings Sportsbook
No underdogs here, just the best team in this division, the Buffalo Bills, the favorites to win since they have one of the most talented rosters in the league.
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Last season the Buffalo Bills went 11-6 in the league and 5-1 in the AFC East to win the division and earn a trip to the postseason where they crushed the Wild Card New England Patriots, 47-17, but could not get past Pat Mahomes and his talented KC Chiefs.
Bills QB Josh Allen is in his fifth NFL season, so he is no longer the new guy under center, his huge arm and ability to scramble outside the pocket an advantage, but it is his football IQ and keen field vision that sets him apart and helps make this team the favorite to win the AFC East.
Do not forget that Buffalo also had the number one ranked defense last season, a squad that kept opponents to just 273 offensive yards and 17 points per game, that group was coached by DC Leslie Frazier who will no doubt become the head coach of his own team sometime soon.
Last year Mike McDaniel spent the season as the San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator and they were the 7th best on that side of the ball all season, leadership won him the HC job in Miami and now it is his privilege to coach them to wins.
McDaniel’s job is made easier due to the talent on his roster, including young QB sensation Tua Tagovailoa who now has the Cheetah – speedy deep threat receiver Tyreek Hill – as well as Jaylen Waddle and TE Mike Gesicki to target in addition to dual-threat RB Chase Edmonds.
What needed the most improvement in Miami was their 15th-ranked defense, a squad coordinated now by Josh Boyer who was promoted internally from being the cornerback’s coach, a former 3x Super Bowl Champ with the Patriots who should elevate this defense quickly.
The big news in New England as the players returned from the offseason was the difference in how QB Mac Jones looked, the young hurler who came into camp last year soft and pasty now looks like he has been hitting the weight room a lot harder.
The former Alabama star QB is now in his 2nd NFL season under HC Bill Belichick so expect his development to be exponential, though this year he is going to play under a new OC – Matt Patricia – since his former mentor, Josh McDaniels, is now HC of the Las Vegas Raiders.
Watch this talented young team on both sides of the ball as they continue to develop into consistent winners, that bad taste in their mouth that’s been there since they got demolished in the Wild Card round last season by the Bills no doubt fueling their need to keep winning.
Something good is happening in New York and it’s the Jets, their ‘young’ HC Robert Saleh now in his second season leading this franchise, a former Super Bowl Champion with the Seattle Seahawks where he worked as the Defensive quality control coach.
Now Saleh’s Jets are recovering from a horrible 2021 season when they posted a 4-13 record and placed last in the AFC East, their defense the worst in the league and their offense not ranked much better (26th) so there is nowhere for this team to go this year but up, up, up.
Forget that NY will be forced to start the season with veteran backup QB Joe Flacco under center while starter Zach Wilson continues to heal from the procedure he just had done on his knee that he injured during the preseason, just another hiccup on the way to the Jets’ success.
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|AFC East Divisional Titles||Total|
|New England Patriots||22|
|New York Jets||4|
Once upon a time not so long ago, the New England Patriots ruled the AFC East so much so that it almost became a given that they would win that division, the main reason for that confidence being the GOAT they had tossing balls, QB Tom Brady, the future Hall of Famer.
The Pats’ 22 AFC East wins are by far the most, and the Miami Dolphins’ 14 divisional wins seem pale in comparison, but the Buffalo Bills have only earned that title a dozen times since its beginning, still a lot when compared with the New York Jets who have just four to their name.
This season it could be the Buffalo Bills that add another notch to their divisional belt, but all eyes are on the upgraded Miami Dolphins with fans expecting Tua to finally break out, though it would be dumb to write off a Bill Belichick resurgence given his own GOAT status as an HC.
|Super Bowl Wins||Total|
|New England Patriots||6|
|New York Jets||1|
Again, it’s no contest here with the New England Patriots the clear winners having earned six Super Bowl Championships for their owners so far, and the fact that this team has been to the Big Game 11 times in its history says a lot about their winning attitude and game plan execution.
Because the Miami Dolphins have only been to the playoffs twice in the last two decades it is easy for younger fans to forget that team’s history of Lombardi Trophies, with two earned in 1972 and 1973 after winning Super Bowls VII and VIII with HC Don Shula leading the way.
The New York Jets won a Super Bowl a long time ago in 1968 back when Broadway Joe Namath was their MVP quarterback, a brief flirtation with excellence that the Jets have yet to repeat, though that is not as tough to stomach as the Buffalo Bills 0-4 Super Bowl stretch.
|What||2022/23 NFL Regular Season|
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|When||Thu, Sept 8 thru Sunday, Feb 12, 2023|
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