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Possibly the weakest division in an overall weak AFC. The Dolphins are a hot pick, I just don’t see it. Even the Patriots of 2013 are not the Patriots of year’s past. In any other division, I would have the Patriots finishing 2nd at best. There are a lot of question marks in the AFC East: Can Brady and Belichick continue their dominance with an entirely new group of receivers? Are the Dolphins actually contenders, or just big offseason spenders? Can the Bills get anything from anyone not named Spiller? Can the Jets win a game?

 

Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (right) talks with quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first quarter of the AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots

2012 Record: 12-4; 1st Place

2013 Prediction: 12-4

Confidence in Pick: 75%

Losses: Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Loyd, Deion Branch

Pickups: Adrian Wilson (placed on I.R.), Tim Tebow( released), Danny Amendola

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  • drew

    Not trying to sound biased, but your opinion of the Dolphins is very pesemistic. Ryan Tanehill only threw 12 touchdowns last year, but his number 2 reciever wasn’t respected past 7 yards by a defense. Who was the 3rd reciver? Ok then. He also threw 3 ints in his first game as a pro, all of which were batted in the air by JJ Swatt. Miami’s defense didn’t force a ton of turnovers, and the secondary wasn’t terribly good, but they were 7th overall. They missed 3 easy field goals that cost them games. I’ve never been a big Ireland fan, but I think they are picking up the pieces they need and not just names. I agree with you about Brady though. He is very good. I guess we just wait and see. If the new Dolphins pass rush, and faster cover LB’s and slow him down.

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    If I had not been following the Pats during camp and preseason, you may have convinced me that they are just a shadow of the team they were in recent years. The truth is, the offense will not miss a beat with the new players on offense. Brady does not need to pass the ball to move the chains and score (45/55 run /pass mix). They have a very good running game(7th) and it just got better with the addition of Blount. You forgot to mention that the Pats found a “diamond in the rough” with UDFA TE Zach Sudfeld, the next up and coming star TE. The Pats will still score 30+ points per game. Brady put up those points without a deep threat in recent years, they now have deep threat options (Thompkins, Dobson, Boyce). Teams will now have to cover the entire field instead of trying to stop Welker (former star player) with the short over the middle passes. Actually, the Pats offense is younger, faster, and more explosive this year. Pats defense should be a top 12 defense this year……and by the way, how could they be ranked 25th overall in 2012 when they were 6th against the run and 29th against the pass. Also, they were tied for 9th in points allowed…..the stat that really matters.

    • Martin

      Tell em Paul.

  • GuyWithAPoint

    Sounds to me like someone put absolutely no research or thought into the dolphins lol…don’t worry, you’ll see how wrong you are on pretty much all your points!

  • chas territo

    As far as what, it turns out, you know little about the Bills?? Adisgusting assessment of my Buffalo Bills. You paint them with the same brush as years past, writng such incredibly uninformed report. Biased are we?? Pre-judging them, yes you are? Get a real job, gas joskey, snot wiper, etc, because your writing is a product of lazinees!! GO BILLS!!

  • Douglas Winston

    You never played football in your life. You don’t know what you are talking about.