1 – Buffalo Bills
The Bills are Super Bowl favorites and should have no problem winning this division. Sure, the Dolphins and Patriots aren’t pushovers, but the Bills are simply better than both. Buffalo also comes into the season looking to avenge their heartbreaking loss to the Chiefs in last year’s playoffs. With a chip on their shoulders and a prime Josh Allen, the Bills should be looking to make it all the way this season.
2 – Miami Dolphins
Miami made an exciting splash in the offseason with the acquisition of star receiver Tyreek Hill. They also quietly grabbed RBs Chase Edmonds and Raheem Mostert. With this amount of talent on offence and a solid defensive unit, the Dolphins should be looking to make the postseason this year for the first time since 2016. The biggest question in Miami is the play of Tua Tagovailoa. If he cannot step up this year and get the ball to his weapons, the Dolphins may not be able to make that step up in a very competitive AFC.
3 – New England Patriots
According to multiple training camp reports, things are not going great in New England. The offence has a lot of question marks surrounding it right now, including the running back situation, Mac Jones and the play calling of Matt Patricia. For now, we can at least put a little trust into Bill Belichick and the stout Patriots defence, but that may not be enough to hold the Patriots up this year.
4 – New York Jets
Just like the other team from New York, the Jets had a very exciting draft this season. They had two top ten selections and picked two players who could make an immediate impact to the team. With the fourth overall selection, they chose CB Sauce Gardner from Cincinatti. Then at tenth overall, they took Garrett Wilson out of Ohio State. Breece Hall was also taken in the second round and figures to at least share the duties at running back to start the season. With all this exciting new talent, it’s easy to get a little carried away with our projections for the Jets in 2022. Zach Wilson and Joe Flacco are still the quarterback options, and the team in general still lacks star power. Maybe in a couple of years they’ll be moving up in the AFC East Rankings, but not quite yet.