NFL fans rejoice, the 2021 season is just on the horizon. It’s the last month without football until March. Regardless of what team they root for, they widely remain optimistic that this is their year. Even the pessimistic fans are hopeful enough, besides their team has yet to lose a game this season.
While there are a few questions left to be answered around the league, it’s never too early for bold predictions for each of the NFL’S eight divisions. Here are those predictions for the AFC East.
The 2021 NFL MVP Plays in the AFC East
Buffalo Bills quarterback, Josh Allen was neck and neck with Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers, who ultimately won the award, up until the last three or four games. Prior to last season, the biggest question pertaining to Allen was whether he could improve on his accuracy, which was an issue in 2019 when he finished with a 58 percent completion percentage. He worked on it and finished 2020 with a 69 percent completion percentage. Allen isn’t only the best quarterback in his division but he will walk away with the Most Valuable Player Award at the season’s end.
The Air Attack of Gang Green will put up Shocking Numbers
Former Titans wide receiver Corey Davis has a chip on his shoulder and is coming off of a career year in Tennessee. Rookie Elijah Moore has a chip of his own, after falling to the second round in the Draft. Jamison Crowder, Denzel Mims showed flashes last season of what they can do. Former Jaguars receiver Keelan Cole was a surprise as well. They will make their quarterback Zach Wilson’s rookie campaign that much easier by having options, and reliable ones with big-play potential. Two of those receivers will finish the season with over 1,000 yards receiving. Which two depend on how comfortable and confident Wilson becomes with them in big spots.
The Defense will Lead Bill Belichek’s Team
The early consensus in New England is that the uncertainty of the quarterback position will lead to another tough season for the Patriots. Similar to last season, the defense will do their job and keep them in games. Hopefully whoever is under center has better results than this team did offensively last season. If not it will be another disappointing campaign in Foxboro.
Exciting Football Returns to South Beach
The Dolphins were in many competitive games last season. The flip-flopping with the quarterbacks game to game and half to half played a factor. While Tagovailoa had some growing pains and Ryan Fitzpatrick had some magic up his sleeve, offensively the team was inconsistent. Heading into year two, Tagovailoa will be the starter in Week 1, and will be out to prove last season was just minor hiccups. With the weapons on the offense in Miami, they will be an exciting unit to watch
There Will be a Pair of Playoff Teams From This Division
The Bills ended their dreaded playoff drought and the New England Patriots’ domination of the AFC East came to an end last season. The Bills were the only representative for the division in the playoffs. While two of the other three teams are led by young quarterbacks, Tagovailoa in Miami, in his second season, and Wilson in New York. The Patriots will likely start the year with Newton, but rookie Mac Jones may earn his way into the starting job, if not prior to the season, shortly thereafter. While the Jets will be leaps and bounds better than they were last season, they will finish third behind the Bills and the Dolphins. Miami who just missed the postseason last year will get in as a wildcard.
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