AFC EAST POWER RANKINGS

Managing Editor
Posted Jun 11, 2012


GWR prognisticates how things will shake out in the AFC East.

It's far too early to determine how the AFC East division will play out, but that won't stop the folks from GWR from giving it a whirl.

As follows is the pre-preseason outlook for the AFC East.

1. New England Patriots

The reigning AFC champs appear primed for another title run. Tom Brady has a plethora of new weapons in his arsenal this upcoming season with Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney, Anthony Gonzalez and Donte Stallworth all joining the team via free agency. The Patriots reached new deals with tight tend Ron Growkowski and wideout Wes Welker, which spells bad news for the rest of the division. New England’s high flying passing attack will surely create sleepless nights for many opposing defenses.

2012 Outlook: 12-4 AFC East Champs

2. New York Jets

Gang Green’s offseason seemed to mirror an episode of Extreme Makeover. New York reshuffled its coaching staff and signed free agent backup Tim Tebow to help resurrect its Wildcat offense. Safeties Yeremiah Bell and LaRon Landry bring experience and playmaking ability to a Jets defensive backfield that was exposed last season. Look for the Jets to start moving in the right direction, but with so many uncertainties on both sides of the ball, there will definitely be some growing pains along the way.

2012 Outlook: 10-6 AFC Wildcard

3. Buffalo Bills

Beset by injuries down the stretch of last season, the Bills are looking to build on a year that started with so much promise, but ended with disaster. Buffalo made a huge splash in free agency by locking up defensive Mario Williams to bolster its tepid pass rush. Running back Fred Jackson and wide receiver Stevie Johnson will be back in the fold this upcoming season and look to provide a spark for an offense that struggled to produce big plays last season. If everything comes together for the Bills, they could be in the hunt for the wildcard in 2012.

2012 Outlook: 8-8

4. Miami Dolphins

Peyton Manning didn’t take his talents to South Beach, causing the Dolphins to turn to the draft to find their franchise quarterback. While Matt Moore is expected to return as Miami’s starter, Ryan Tannenhill could very well take over signal calling duties during the upcoming season. Until the Fins find a long-term solution under center, they’ll be in the cellar of the division. Memo to Miami’s front office, Dan Marino is not walking through that door.

2012 Outlook: 6-10


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