Well, the good news in his prediction is that the AFC East will have 3 playoff teams this year. His predictions on the way the AFC East will play out actually lines up with most analysts; however, I like going into the season as an underdog. I see it differently: NE, Miami, NY, Buffalo. Thoughts?
Greg Cote wrote:
• 7. NEW YORK JETS (9-7): Rex Ryan's profane bluster and all the hype does not obscure Jets having 12 Pro Bowl position players. NYJ has talent to win AFC East if Mark Sanchez reduces the picks, and if CB Darrelle Revis' holdout ends fairly soon.http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/09/02/1 ... cture.html
• 9. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-6): While top eight clearly look like playoff squads, Pats begin the bunch angling for other four berths. Mucho questions (defense, Wes Welker), but Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and Randy Moss make team dangerous.
• 12. MIAMI DOLPHINS (7-9): The good news? Dolphins earn the final playoff spot if my rankings hold true. The bad news? I still have them third in the AFC East. Miami is on right track and make big additions in Brandon Marshall and Karlos Dansby. But so much depends on how good (or great) Chad Henne turns out to be. Defense also needs to find a way to put consistent pressure on the passer, meaning at least one of two rookies, Jared Odrick and Koa Misi, needs to have sudden impact.
• 31. BUFFALO BILLS (6-10): Miami's season-opening opponent made a smart top-draft pick in RB C.J. Spiller, but Buffs are beset by a far-below-average defense and by a QB, Trent Edwards, who gives opposing cornerbacks only sweet dreams.