In the past fourteen years, the New England Patriots have simply dominated the AFC East division. In fact, under the reign of Bill Belichick with Tom Brady at quarterback, the Patriots have won the division twelve times and are the NFL betting favorites to do so once again in 2015. Although Brady will be sidelined for the first four games of the season due to the "deflategate" scandal, 2015 AFC East odds to win still favor the New England Patriots (-150) followed by the Miami Dolphins (+400), the Buffalo Bills (+425) and the New York Jets (+750).
Without Brady at the helm, it is likely that Jimmy Garoppolo will get the start behind center as he enters his second season. Although the Pats also lost cornerback Darrelle Revis (Jets) and Brandon Browner (Saints) to the free agency market, Vegas sportsbooks do not seem too concerned about New England being able to win the AFC East once again. That being said, many gamblers and fans of Patriots Nation are wondering if the Dolphins, Bills and Jets have made enough substantial roster changes to dethrone New England in 2015?
The Miami Dolphins added numerous offensive weapons during the off-season with the additions of Greg Jennings (Vikings), Kenny Stills (Saints) and DeVante Parker (Louisville) as their first-round pick in the NFL draft. Ryan Tannehill will once again lead the "phins" at QB after throwing for 4,045-yards last season to make Miami a formidable foe for any team but as it has been said, it is the defense that wins championships. The Dolphins did add Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (Lions) to tighten up the inside run but with numerous young players filling in the secondary, does Miami have the experience to win the division in 2015 AFC East odds and beyond? That remains to be seen.
The Buffalo Bills have a new head coach in Rex Ryan but with a considerable amount of uncertainty at the quarterback position, it's anyone guess as to how their season will pan out. Either EJ Manual or Matt Cassel will get the start for Buffalo at QB and will be happy to see running back LeSean McCoy (Eagles) eager to better last year's mark of 1,319-yards. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins returns to the field for his second year after undergoing hip surgery during the offseason. On the defensive side of the ball; some analysts consider the Bills to have a top 3 squad playing under Ryan's aggressive style.
The New York Jets are longshots in 2015 AFC East odds to win with new head coach Todd Boyles and deciding to to continue putting their faith in quarterback Geno Smith. "Gang Green" nation is counting on the third year veteran to better last season's total of just 2,525-yards for 13-touchdowns and 13-interceptions. Smith is also guilty of committing 41-tournovers in just 30-career games. That being said, Smith and the Jets will have a new offensive weapon this season with the addition of Brandon Marshall (Bears) to compliment Eric Decker at wide receiver. The defense welcomes back Revis (Patriots) and Antonio Cromartie (Cardinals) to improve the secondary.