There may not be an easier bet in sports than laying it on the defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots to win the AFC East and this year should be no exception.
The Patriots have won 10 straight AFC East titles and 15 of the last 16. According to betonline.ag the Pats are once again heavy favorites to win their 11th straight AFC East crown.
Which is hardly surprising given that Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are back for (at least) one more go around. The Pats have sustained heavy losses (Rob Gronkowski, Trey Flowers, Trent Brown) but they had a tremendous draft and are also adding their top two picks from last year (Isaiah Wynn, Duke Dawson) who missed all of 2018 with injuries.
Odds to win the AFC East
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As for the rest of the field, let’s break it down pretender by pretender.
DOLPHINS +2500: Full scale tank mode. This offseason the Fins parted ways with QB Ryan Tanehill, RB Frank Gore, WR Danny Amendola, as well as Cameron Wake, Robert Quinn and Andre Branch. Clearly the Dolphins front office tried and succeeding in amassing draft capital. Through a series of trades Miami now has 11 picks in the 2020 NFL draft. They also acquired a potential franchise quarterback in Josh Rosen on the cheap which means they may not have to reinvest all these picks in a QB next year. That being said Miami figures to be the trade works out, the front office won’t have to use any of its precious draft capital to acquire a QB. That being said, Miami could be the worst team in football next season.
BILLS +700: I mean, they’re the Bills but you have to give them credit for trying. GM Brandon Beane did bis best to add some pieces to help 2nd year Quarterback Josh Allen. In free agency the Bills signed five offensive linemen. They then used a Day 2 pick on another lineman. Buffalo also added some weapons signing receivers John Brown and Cole Beasley.
JETS+500: The Jets has money to burn this offseason and burn it they did. They doled out big money ($78 million in guarantees) to RB Le’Veon Bell and LB C.J. Mosley. Both are great players but in a passing league a running back and run stuffing linebacker seem like luxury items. If the Jets are to seriously press the Patriots this year it will be because second year QB Sam Darnold makes a leap. Anything short of that and it’s another also ran season for the J-E-T-S Jets.