Expert Picks and Betting Favorites to Win the AFC East Title

Posted by Peter Brennan on Friday,August 4, 2017 1:00, EST in

There’s no other way to say it people. It’s going to take, either a series of miracles – or a season-ending injury to future Hall of Fame quarterback Tom Brady – in order for any of AFC East resident to beat the New England Patriots for the division title in 2017. Nonetheless, we have added some updated betting odds to win the AFC east title, that will show us

Not only have the Patriots won eight straight AFC East titles and 13 of the last 14 overall, but they did so a year ago while playing their first four regular season games without Brady.

Now, with the 2017 NFL regular season getting closer by the day, let’s find out if the Pats will once again bag the AFC East title or whether or not one of their division rivals can end up with pulling off the upset for the ages.

Expert Picks and Betting Favorites to Win the AFC East Title

The Favorite: New England Patriots -700

New England (14-2 SU, 13-3 ATS) managed to win a league high 14 games last season despite missing Brady for the first four games of the season. The Patriots went 5-1 against their division rivals last season and appear to have gotten even better this offseason after making a series of wise transactions that brought them a new No. 1 wide receiver in former New Orleans saints star Brandin Cooks and a new starting running back in Mike Gilislee among other additions.

All of this after New England ranked fourth in total offense last season, fourth in passing, seventh in rushing and a stellar third in scoring (27.6 ppg). Making matters worse is the fact that as good as the Patriots were offensively last season, they were just as dominant defensively in finishing eighth in total defense, 12th against the pass, third against the run and a league-leading first in points allowed (15.6 ppg).

Again, right now, it looks like it’s going to take either a massive miracle or two or a season-ending injury early on to Brady for any of New England’s division challengers to beat them out for the AFC East title.

MyBookie’s Free Picks to Win the AFC North

The Smart Pick: Miami Dolphins +500

While the rebuilding Miami Dolphins surprised almost everyone by winning 10 games to reach the playoffs for the first time in a decade, they’re fighting an uphill battle to beat out New England for the division title in 2017.

First and foremost, I still have little to no faith in mediocre quarterback Ryan Tannehill, especially after seeing how Miami ranked an uninspiring 24th in total offense, 26th in passing and 17th in scoring (22.7 ppg), although the Fins found out they have a franchise superstar in running back Jay Ajayi (1,272 yards).

Miami needs to improve a defense that ranked 29th overall, 15th against the pass, a pitiful 30th against the run and 18th in points allowed. To help address their issues on both sides of the ball, the Dolphins made trades for veteran tight end Julius Thomas defensive end Williams Hayes, safety T.J. McDonald, despite the fact that he’s facing an eight-game suspension and linebacker Lawrence Timmons while using their first round draft pick on Missouri defensive end Charles Harris and second round pick on Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillian. Right now, the Dolphins are still light years behind New England, but if, for some reason the Pats stumble (they won’t) Miami is the pick to get it done in the AFC East.

The Longshot: New York Jets +2000

The New York Jets may have gone 5-11 last season, but they have one of the best defensive minds in all of football in head coach Todd Bowles and actually played some solid football on that side of the ball last year – except for when it came to points allowed.

Are the New York Jets going to make a surprise this season and take home the AFC east title?

New York ranked 11th in total defense, 17th against the pass and 11th against the run, but somehow finished 28th in points allowed (25.6 ppg). Making matters worse was the fact that the Jets were absolutely awful on offense as they finished 26th overall, 27th in passing and a dismal 30th in scoring (17.2 ppg).

What Can We Expect for the Jets This Season?

To address their issues, New York parted ways with interception-tossing former starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and will go with either veteran, Josh McCown or younger signal-callers, Christian Hackenberg or Bryce Petty as their starter in 2017.

New York also added hard-hitting safety Jamal Adams with the sixth overall pick in the draft and another safety in Marcus Maye with the 39th overall pick and wide receiver Ardarius Stewart with the 79th overall pick.

The bad news is that the Jets are nearly bereft of any veteran leadership and have a bunch of dysfunction in their front office, starting with owner Woody Johnson, who apparently would rather pal around with polarizing (idiotic?) President Donald Trump than run his franchise. The Jets are the longest of long shots and certainly not worth a wager to win anything outside of four or five games at best.