2020 NFL Preview & Predictions – AFC East

AFC East

The Patriots have won the AFC East, well, pretty much every year this century.  With the exit of Tom Brady, things are looking to finally open up!  So, what do we have in store for 2020?  Will it still be Belichick & Co., or will someone else take the reigns?  Let’s have a look.

New York Jets


2019 Record - 7-9
2019 Scoring Offense - 31st
2019 Rushing Offense - 31st
2019 Passing Offense - 29th
2019 Scoring Defense - 16th
2019 Rushing Defense - 2nd
2019 Passing Defense - 17th
Key Losses - S Jamal Adams, WR Robby Anderson, T Brandon Shell, RB Ty Montgomery, WR Demaryius Thomas, QB Trevor Siemian, RB Bilal Powell
Key Additions - T George Fant, C Connor McGovern, S Bradley McDougald, WR Breshad Perriman, CB Pierre Desir, G Greg Van Roten, QB Joe Flacco, RB Frank Gore
Draft Picks - OT Mekhi Becton, WR Denzel Mims, S Ashtyn Davis, DE Jabari Zuniga, RB La'Mical Perine, QB James Morgan, OT Cameron Clark, CB Bryce Hall, P Braden Mann
Biggest Strength - Running game
Biggest Weakness - Defensive backfield
Biggest Question - How long until we have a Sam Darnold v Joe Flacco Quarterback "controversy"?
Notes - Enjoy Sam Darnold while he lasts…this is his last season in New York
COVID – WR Josh Doctson, LB C.J. Mosely, OL Leo Koloamatangi opting out of season
2020 Prediction - 5-11


New England Patriots


2019 Record - 12-4
2019 Scoring Offense - 7th
2019 Rushing Offense - 18th
2019 Passing Offense - 8th
2019 Scoring Defense - 1st
2019 Rushing Defense - 6th
2019 Passing Defense - 2nd
Key Losses - QB Tom Brady, K Stephen Gostkowski, ILB Kyle Van Noy, OLB Jamie Collins, DT Danny Shelton, C Ted Karras, WR Phillip Dorsett, S Duron Harmon, K Nick Folk, QB Cody Kessler
Key Additions - QB Cam Newton, DT Beau Allen, FS Adrian Phillips, WR Marqise Lee
Draft Picks - S Kyle Dugger, LB Josh Uche, LB Anfernee Jennings, TE Devin Asiasi, TE Dalton Keene, K Justin Rohrwasser, G Michael Onwenu, OT Justin Herron, LB Cassh Maluia, C Dustin Woodard
Biggest Strength - The best NFL Head Coach in the history of the NFL
Biggest Weakness - Life After Tom Brady
Biggest Question - How will Cam Newton respond to Bill Belichick (as opposed to Riverboat Ron)?
Notes – Between free agency and COVID, this team lost a lot of players…the ultimate test for Bill Belichick…I am excited to see it
COVID – WR Marqise Lee, S Patrick Chung, LB Dont’a Hightower, RB Brandon Bolden, OT Marcus Cannon, FB Danny Vitale, OL Najee Toran opting out of season
2020 Prediction - 6-10


Miami Dolphins


2019 Record - 5-11
2019 Scoring Offense - 25th
2019 Rushing Offense - 32nd
2019 Passing Offense - 12th
2019 Scoring Defense - 32nd
2019 Rushing Defense - 27th
2019 Passing Defense - 26th
Key Losses - DE Charles Harris, CB Aqib Talib
Key Additions - CB Byron Jones, ILB Kyle Van Noy, DE Shaq Lawson, RB Matt Breida, DE Emmanuel Ogbah, RB Jordan Howard, C Ted Karras, OLB Kamu Grugier-Hill, S Clayton Fejedelem
Draft Picks - QB Tua Tagovailoa, OT Austin Jackson, CB Noah Igbinoghene, G Robert Hunt, DT Raekwon Davis, S Brandon Jones, G Solomon Kindley, DE Jason Strowbridge, DE Curtis Weaver, LS Blake Ferguson, RB Malcolm Perry
Biggest Strength - Linebacker corps (Vince Biegel, Kyle Van Noy, Raekwon McMillan, Jerome Baker)
Biggest Weakness - Rushing the Quarterback
Biggest Question - How long will Ryan Fitzpatrick last until Tua gets inserted into the starting lineup?
Notes - In 2019, an 0-7 start, followed by a 5-4 finish…good things to come
COVID – WR Albert Wilson, WR Allen Hurns opting out of season
2020 Prediction - 7-9


Buffalo Bills


2019 Record - 10-6
2019 Scoring Offense - 23rd
2019 Rushing Offense - 8th
2019 Passing Offense - 26th
2019 Scoring Defense - 2nd
2019 Rushing Defense - 10th
2019 Passing Defense - 4th
Key Losses - DE Jordan Phillips, DE Shaq Lawson, CB Kevin Johnson, RB Frank Gore
Key Additions - WR Stefon Diggs, DE Mario Addison, OLB A.J. Klein, DT Vernon Butler, DT Quinton Jefferson, ILB Tyler Matakevich
Draft Picks - DE A.J. Epenesa, RB Zack Moss, WR Gabriel Davis, QB Jake Fromm, K Tyler Bass, WR Isaiah Hodgins, CB Dane Jackson
Biggest Strength - Overall defense
Biggest Weakness - Shaky Quarterback play
Biggest Question - How much will the losses of Jordan Phillips and Shaq Lawson affect their pass rush?
Notes - Devin Singletary & Stefon Diggs combination could be lethal on offense
COVID – CB E.J. Gaines, DT Star Lotulelei opting out of season
2020 Prediction - 11-5 DIVISION WINNER


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