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AFC East Betting Preview: August 22

By Michael Spiegel

Today’s article will focus on the AFC East, the division that hosts the current favorite to win the Super Bowl this year, the Buffalo Bills. After one of the most exciting playoff games in recent memory where the Bills fell short to the Kansas City Chiefs, they look to make that next push towards a Super Bowl title.

AFC East Preview

  1. New York Jets (+2800 to win AFC East @DraftKings)

The Jets have finished last in the AFC East 5 of the last 6 seasons, and this year doesn’t feel any different. The Jets doubled their win total last season from the year prior; albeit from 2 wins to 4, it is still a sign of improvement. The only issue is that the Jets didn’t exactly set the world on fire this offseason and they are still expecting Zach Wilson to make do with his lacklustre set of receivers. An encouraging sign is New York’s offensive line which has a ton of talent; however, they are unproven. Only time and experience will tell us how this offensive line stacks up against the rest of football and whether or not they are as good as they are pegged out to be. The Jets are currently sitting at an over/under of 5.5 wins and at this point, I think they’ll fall short of that total.

  1. New England Patriots (+500 to win AFC East @DraftKings)

The days of 11 straight division titles are in the past, and the Patriots are fully ‘in’ on Mac Jones to lead this team to another Super Bowl title. After an impressive freshman year for Jones, we’ll see if he can shine in his second year leading the offense or if he’ll have a sophomore slump. The Patriots' offense took a huge leap under Jones last year and he’ll be looking to take them to that next level this year. The biggest question for the Pats this year will be their defense. Despite putting up fantastic numbers on the defensive side of the ball last year, the Bills dismantled the Pats in the playoffs. With some key departures on defence this offseason, we’ll have to wait and see how they perform. As always, it’s not the smartest thing to bet against Bill Belichick. Right now, the Pats are sitting at an over/under of 8.5 wins. If I had to bet on it, I’d say they’ll get over that, probably nine wins, but it’s an extremely close call.

  1. Miami Dolphins (+450 to win AFC East @DraftKings)

Seeking their first playoff appearance since 2016, the Miami Dolphins made some huge splashes this offseason. The biggest of which was the acquisition of Tyreek Hill, probably the biggest move of the offseason, and they hope he’ll bolster the Dolphins' offense and take them to the next level. The Dolphins also seem to have improved upon their offensive line, something that was holding them back last year. Only time will tell if that offensive line meshes and can help Tua Tagovailoa get to the next step that the Dolphins hope he can. Miami’s defense was pretty solid last year, and they hope they can replicate that performance to improve upon a nine-win season and get into the playoffs. The over/under on Miami’s wins is sitting at 9 and I think they’ll surpass that with their new additions.

  1. Buffalo Bills (-215 to win AFC East @PointsBet)

The Bills couldn’t overthrow the Chiefs in the Divisional game in last year’s playoffs. This season, Josh Allen hopes to elevate his game and have an MVP calibre season. This year, the Bills are heavily favoured to win the division and the betting favourite to win the Super Bowl. Despite having one of the best defenses on paper last year, the Bills had a meltdown in the last 13 seconds of the divisional round, maybe the reason for the addition of Von Miller. I think the Bills are ready to take that next step forward and possibly make it to the big dance this year. The over/under for wins on the Bills this year is 11.5 and I think they’ll easily surpass that. I’m expecting big things from the Super Bowl favorites.

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