Aug 9, 2012; Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) on the side line during the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots won 7-6. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-US PRESSWIRE
I have decided to continue this series of posts mainly because I don’t care what some specific people think and I’ll be fine with or without your comments, just saying. ?
So now I begin the AFC portion of projections leading off with the East. Without further ado, here they are.
4. The New York Jets: I hate the Jets, I can’t stand them. The issues with this team are innumerable, it’s almost comparable to a mentally insane person repeatedly convincing himself and those around him he’s fine while all others see everything wrong. The Jets fight with themselves, Santonio Holmes doesn’t perform unless he gets his money. Antonio “soon to be let go” Cromartie says he’s the team’s second best wide receiver proudly. I say when Antonio Cromartie is your second best cornerback you know you have a problem, let alone the whole receiver thing. Now let’s talk about the quarterback situation.Denver is, compared to New York/New Jersey, a smaller market team; at least they were when Tebow was there. And even in that “smaller” market Tebow got to play week 4 then started the rest of the games that year. If anyone thinks Tebow won’t get a start inNew York, you’re sadly mistaken. Mark Sanchez will, inevitably, fail at one point or another. As soon as that happens the fans will be calling for Rex’s head, this will force Tebow into the starting role as the season slips away again.New York was once a good team and was possibly one good offseason away from the at least going to the big one. They had their chance, didn’t take it, and are starting to fall back into mediocrity beginning this year.
3. The Miami Dolphins: I do not believe theMiami hype as I hope none of you do. Ryan Tannehill most likely will not come in, sit behind whoever they make the starter, finally get a start and turn everything around. I think he has potential but not enough to change the fortune of the Dolphins anytime soon. Other than just the quarterback situation, they do have holes on the offense; they need to solidify the wide out position. They brought in Chad Johnson but like Tannehill, he won’t turn it all around. The offensive line is nice for them and the defense can be very good from time to time. If they are able to get a starting wide receiver and one or two good pieces in the secondary, the Dolphins could be back to winning within the next five years.
2. The Buffalo Bills: It is very simple here; the Bills will be a good football team. Their defense may be one of the best in the league this year and the offense has some very good skill position players. Fred Jackson at running back is a good player, if he stays healthy watch out. The only thing that will keep this team from really challengingNew England is the quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick started out very well last year then dropped off towards the end (coincidentally, just after he got paid). If we look at the numbers we can see that in the weeks leading up to Fitzpatrick’s new contract (weeks 1-6, week 7 was a bye) he averaged 246 yards passing and a 95.45 quarterback rating, leading his team to a 4-2 start. In the six games after the bye week (weeks 8-14) he averaged more yards a game however, his average quarterback rating was just over 80.1 and his team was 1-5. This suggests that most of his yards over that stretch were acquired towards the end of games trying to score some cheap points. If Ryan Fitzpatrick can stay consistent and the offense can score some points regularly, the defense will definitely be good enough to win them some games and maybe put them in the postseason.
1. The New England Patriots: Is a reason really needed to explain this one? As long as Mr. Perfect and Belicheck are there the Patriots will always have a chance at the super bowl. The offense will come back burning on all cylinders, Brady will still be good, he’ll still have a clean pocket, and his receivers will still find a way to get open. The defense will be much improved; they got two very good players in Dont’a Hightower, and Chandler Jones. If they can pressure the quarterback a little more (which the rookies will help with) they can be the best team in the league.
Well that’s it everyone, thanks for reading and trust me, I’ll be better with putting out Charger related material in the future. I’m going to work hard at becoming a better writer for this site. Thank you for reading again and have a great day.