NFL Betting Trends- Odds to Win the AFC East
The NFL offseason presses on as all 32 teams continue to prepare for the start of training camp later next month. This makes it a great time to take a closer look at the futures odds for teams to win their respective division. After previously covering the first three divisions in the AFC, this week NFL Betting Trends moves on to the AFC East to focus in on the odds to win that division as provided by BetOnline.
The Patriots have been perennial favorites to win the AFC East for well over a decade and this season is no different. They have won the division 10 times in the last 12 seasons including the last four years straight. Bill Belichick is still the head coach and Tom Brady is still the starting quarterback which is usually enough for this team to record 10 or more victories a year. That should be more than enough to win the East this year as well. The ultimate goal for this team each season is winning the Super Bowl so taking the division crown is pretty much a given.
This does not mean that New England does not have some significant concerns heading into this season especially at the tight end position with both Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez trying to work their way back from injury. The other main concern is a defense that still gives up yards in bunches. The Patriots finished the 2012 regular season ranked 25th in the NFL in total defense and 29th against the pass. Even so, betting against them to win the East would be a huge risk given the overall level of talent on this team.
Miami has been one of the more active teams in the AFC East this offseason in an effort to reverse a string of four-straight seasons of finishing with a losing record. It added wide receiver Mike Wallace as a free agent from Pittsburgh and tight end Dustin Keller from the Jets to try and address a passing game that was ranked 26th in the NFL in yards per game. On defense, the Dolphins signed linebacker Dannell Ellerbe away from Baltimore and added cornerback Brent Grimes as a free agent from Atlanta.
Head coach Joe Philbin turned to the draft to address Miami’s pass rush by trading-up to select defensive end Dion Jordan from Oregon with the third overall pick in the first round. While many experts believe this pick was a reach at best, anything would be an improvement to a unit that was ranked 27th against the pass last season. Overall, if second year quarterback Ryan Tannehill continues to develop and some of these offseason moves really pan-out look for the Dolphins to make a run at a playoff spot but not the division title.
The last time Buffalo qualified for the postseason was all the way back in 1999 and the last time it won more games than it lost was in 2004. The Bills are coming-off back-to-back 6-10 seasons and there is very little hope that this season will be any different. In fact, they could easily go in the opposite direction with even fewer victories than that.
Buffalo brought in Doug Marrone as its new head coach and made wholesale changes this offseason to its roster by parting ways with a number of players by either letting them sign as free agents with other teams or just releasing them outright. The biggest question that faces the Bills is their decision to select former Florida State quarterback EJ Manual as the new face of the offense with the 16th overall pick in the draft.
If there is one organization in the NFL that could best live up to the nickname ‘team turmoil’ it would be the New York Jets. They have a complete mess on their hands at quarterback after drafting Geno Smith from West Virginia in the second round and there is now a gaping hole in their defense after parting ways with cornerback Darrelle Revis through a trade.
The Jets under head coach Rex Ryan are just two years removed from back-to-back trips to the AFC title game, but the gap between now and then is as wide as it has ever been. Just about every personnel move this team has made since finishing a woeful 6-10 last season has come under scrutiny which is more than evident in its extremely long odds to win the division. The reality is New York will be battling it out with Buffalo to stay out of the basement in the AFC East this year.
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