The 2014 NFL football season is right around the corner and once again when it comes to the AFC East divisional odds, the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets will try their best to knock off the New England Patriots. The Pats have ruled the AFC East since Tom Brady jumped on the scene back in 2000. Is this the year a new “Beast of the East” can finally rise up?
According to a USA Today report on August 3, the Buffalo Bills are the “fashionable” pick to give New England a run for their money in 2014. Second year QB EJ Manuel will look to lead the Bills to the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons.
EJ knows that he will be in the spotlight and will hear the boo-birds if Buffalo is on the outside looking in once again this January.
"I definitely feel that expectation," Manuel told USA TODAY Sports. "This is a quarterback-driven league. Plain and simple, the teams that have good quarterbacks make it to the playoffs. "But I don't see it as pressure, because I want to do well. If I didn't want to do well, then it would be pressure because I'd be doing something I don't want to do."
Two other AFC East QB’s who will be expected to do well in 2014 are Miami’s Ryan Tannehill and New York’s Geno Smith.
NJ.com reports the Smith will start the first preseason game for the Jets, but the competition from Michael Vick will make it interesting to see which QB gets the start on opening week.
The Patriots and Tom Brady are a year older, but when it comes to “Tom Terrific’ age is just a number. Every year it is the same thing in New England – they are getting old and can’t possibly keep winning AFC titles and Super Bowls, yet they do!
Here is a look at the odds and prediction to win the AFC East.
Odds to Win AFC East
New England Patriots -275
Miami Dolphins +500
New York Jets +750
Buffalo Bills +850
- New England Patriots
- Buffalo Bills
- New York Jets
- Miami Dolphins