AFC East Odds: 2012 Preview
Two high profile names joined the AFC East in the offseason and neither landed in New England, but the Patriots remain big favorites to capture another division title this season.
The Patriots have won the AFC East the last three seasons and eight of the last nine. They'll enter the new season as a 3/10 division favorite. The Patriots bolstered an already strong receiving corps by adding veteran wideout Brandon Lloyd to a group that includes Wes Welker, Deion Branch, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez.
The Pats won 13 games last season and are expected to come close to that mark again with a season total of 12.
The New York Jets follow the Pats on the AFC East futures at 11/2 in what could be a make or break season for head coach Rex Ryan. The Jets offense needs a major boost after ranking 25th in the league last season. Mark Sanchez may not to be able to afford to get off to a slow start either with Tim Tebow behind him on the depth chart.
Things won't be easy for Sanchez with Santonio Holmes and Dustin Keller his only top receiving options. There was a real reason Antonio Cromartie thought he would be No. 2 on the depth chart if he was tried out at wide receiver.
The Buffalo Bills haven't finished atop the AFC East since 1995 and they haven't made the playoffs since 1999. Last year Buffalo began the season 3-0 but only won three of their remaining 13 games. Buffalo's offense remains in the hands of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, but their success could depend on the running back duo of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller.
Buffalo also hopes their defense improves after the addition of former No. 1 pick Mario Williams. So far it hasn't done much to the odds, as Buffalo remains a 6/1 underdog to win the East.
Finally, there's the Miami Dolphins, who also went 6-10 a year ago. Miami hopes they've found their QB of the future in Ryan Tannehill, but it looks like David Garrard (who sat out all last season) or Matt Moore will start the season behind center.
No matter who starts at quarterback they'll lack any real weapons other than Reggie Bush, thanks to a receiving corps fronted by Davone Bess and Brian Hartline.