The New England Patriots, like they’ve been for at least a decade, are huge favorites to win the AFC East. The Patriots are at -850 to win the division that they’ve won every year since 2009. Will this season be any different? Keep reading for more information on the Patriots along with info on the smart play and longshot odds to win the AFC East Division.
The New England Patriots should win the AFC East Division this season. There’s no way to argue against that fact. New England’s got the best quarterback in the history of the game, Tom Brady, under center. They also have the best head coach in the history of the game, Bill Belichick, on the sidelines.
But, the Patriots aren’t without a few questions heading into this season. First, will Isaiah Wynn, or any other player, prove a viable left tackle? Nate Solder left to the Giants. Wynn’s a rookie who played guard in college.
Second, can New England’s defense continue to bend but don’t break at a high-level? The Patriots only allowed 18.5 points per, but they allowed 366 total yards per. Those are enough questions for future bettors to pass on the Patriots at the crazy underlaid odds.
Smart: Miami Dolphins
2018 AFC East Odds: +800
It doesn’t take much for an underperforming, talented NFL team to become a highly performing talented NFL team. If you agree that the Dolphins are talented, there’s a big chance they becoming a highly performing talented NFL team this season.
There are a couple of reasons for that. QB Ryan Tannehill is back. He’s looked pretty good, so far, in training camp. The Dolphins also have the most productive RB from Week 13 through Week 17 last season in Kenyan Drake. Also, the Dolphins added big time Patriot wide receiver Danny Amendola.
But, the biggest reason to back the Fins is because they traded for DE Robert Quinn. Quinn should demand just as many double-teams as Cameron Wake on the other side. With Quinn and Wake, the Dolphins will push plays towards the middle. That’s going to help Miami’s defense big time.
Longshot: Buffalo Bills
2018 AFC East Odds: +1000
The Buffalo Bills made the playoffs last season. This season, most expect the Bills to take a slight step backward. That might not happen, though. QB A.J. McCarron could turn into a viable starting QB while Josh Allen hangs out on the bench this season.
Not only that, but Buffalo’s defense should be much better against the rush this season than it was last season. After drafting Allen, Buffalo came back in Round 1 and took one of the can’t miss defensive players, linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.
Edmunds should be coach Sean McDermott’s Luke Kuechly.