Playoff picture: AFC East, part two
The Jets are one of the easiest teams to pinpoint as most likely to improve. They went out in the offseason and upgraded the coaching staff, running back, center, left guard, slot receiver, linebacker and added arguably the best player in the draft in Quinnen Williams.
Sam Darnold looked great in the preseason and certainly looks ready to take a leap forward as a franchise quarterback. As an added bonus this team does not even leave the eastern time zone once this season. The furthest they have to travel this year is a road game in Cincinnati. There’s a real chance this team can push to eight wins.
As the Chargers brutally learned earlier last season, the Patriots are still king until proven otherwise. Losing Rob Gronkowski to retirement hurts, but he wasn’t really the same player last year.
The offense was humming when Josh Gordon was active last season to the tune of 60 yards and 2.5 points more per game. If Gordon can stay on the field that should continue this year. Their running back room is probably the deepest in the league with Sony Michel and James White leading the way.
The addition of Michael Bennett and return of Jaime Collins Sr. will help that defense be even better than last year. Outside of a road game in Philadelphia, they play most of their difficult games in Foxborough, where they are nearly impossible to beat. The floor for this perennial Super Bowl contending team is 11 wins.