With the return of Ryan Tannehill, Miami Dolphins look to bounce back from a lost season, the Dolphins feel like a middling team teetering on another rebuild. Late-season games against the Patriots, Jaguars, and Minnesota could determine their season. If everything goes as planned the New England Patriots will be able to make their patented late-season push.
While still rebuilding the New York Jets are heading into their third consecutive losing season and eight consecutive years out of the playoffs, in other words, when do they start playing in ?
The AFC South has had trouble performing at the same level as the other divisions. With the returns of J. The Jacksonville Jaguars are predicted to become the AFC South Champions for a repeat of last season, the offense has been improved with the addition of Andrew Norwell and ranked as the fifth highest scoring of the season.
With 4 going to the Green Bay Packers who supposedly have the toughest schedule this season on paper. Tough start to the season facing Green Pay and Seattle, but their schedule lightens up considerably starting Week 3 predicted record The Detroit Lions have taken under a new coaching staff under Matt Patricia, however, are still expected to deliver the same mediocre results Detroit has seen over the past few years. The Lions still face too many holes in the offense the line and run game and far too many questions in their defensive line pass rush and interior line for them to be anything special this year, but the draft could change this predicted record Bank Stadium since it opened in predicted record The Dallas Cowboys have won the most Super Bowl titles with 5, however, their offseason has not been great with free-agent losses and the release of Dez Bryant.
The New York Giants have a brutal seven-game stretch to open the season which will be tough to navigate. The defending Champions return with 19 of 22 starters and will be fueled by a talented group of players coming off injury led by Wentz and Jason Peters who stress that Super Bowl hangover is not an option. The Eagles begin their title defense against the Atlanta Falcons , their schedule is no cake walk as they face seven teams that made the postseason last year. To improve overall, the Redskins need better health for key young players to develop such as Josh Doctson , if these happen they could perform decently this season.
The Atlanta Falcons have a tough start to the season facing the defending champions in Philidelphia. They turn around with back-to-back home games against the Panthers and Buccaneers, followed by another home game against the Bengals. The main focus for the Falcons seems to be the division race as they close the season at Carolina and Tampa Bay predicted record The two meet in Charlotte during Week 15 and then conclude the season in New Orleans in Week 17 , these games could be the difference between which team goes and predicted record for the Panthers.
Expectations remain high for the New Orleans Saints , as long as they can buck their trend of slow starts over the past four years. New Orleans must take advantage of their early schedule because their final 10 weeks are loaded with playoff contenders predicted record The Tampa Bay Buccaneers lost seven games last season in a one-score game with five decided by three points or less in overtime.
With Jameis Winston healthy and improved chemistry with DeSean Jackson, and a fully revamped defensive line this draft could go a long way predicted record The West division has seen its fair share of Super Bowl experience, the division combines 13 Super Bowl appearances and a total of 7 Super Bowl Championships.
They have stretches of difficulty in both halves of their season, with their late stretch containing; Green Bay, Atlanta, Los Angeles Rams, and the Seahawks. It will be a tough finish to the season for Arizona predicated record Los Angeles Rams are looking great as they start their season with five prime-time games and 3 of out 4 of their first games at home.
San Francisco 49ers have the buzz going for them due to their finish last season, which lots to prove the 49ers have a manageable schedule and one that is particularly team-friendly on the back end of the season. With the Rams as a clear favorite to win the division, the Seattle Seahawks are not to be forgotten of what they have — such as Super Bowl winner Russell Wilson QB , all pro middle linebacker Bobby Wagner, and one of the best safety in the league Earl Thomas predicated record Tom Brady and Bill Belichick prove an amazing history with New England, making them one of the top three teams in the league.
Miami's odds to win the AFC East are "just" in , but the win total is an underwhelming 6. After entering last season with a win total of 3. The bar has been raised a little for New York, which will need to win seven games in order to cash the over this season. The franchise has thrived in this spot, having hit the over in six of the previous seven seasons it entered with a win total less than eight. The Steelers have won the AFC North in three of the previous four seasons, and enter with odds to win it again.
Pittsburgh hasn't been this big of a division favorite since drafting Ben Roethlisberger in Only the Patriots have a higher win total than the Steelers, who will be seeking to hit their over for the fifth consecutive season. The win total of eight for the Ravens is their lowest since John Harbaugh's first season in Overall, the over has been a good play during Harbaugh's tenure, as Baltimore's win total record is during his 10 seasons.
In fact, the Ravens have won fewer than eight games just once since Expectations are low for the Bengals, who are to win the division and have the same conference and Super Bowl odds as the Browns.
This would be only the second time in 16 seasons under Marvin Lewis that Cincinnati is or worse to win the AFC North in The Bengals have hit the over in four of the five seasons that they entered with a win total below eight under Lewis.
In order for the Browns to hit the over on their win total of 5. For those who believe Cleveland will turn it around this season and win at least six games, good luck. The Browns' win-total record is in the past 10 seasons hit the over in In , the Jaguars went while going over their win total by 3.
This would mark the first time since the AFC South was formed in that the Jaguars are favored to win the division. Despite going in , the Texans' win total is 8. The return of quarterback Deshaun Watson and defensive end J. Watt from injury would figure to be a big reason for the high expectations.
Prior to last season, Houston had gone in each of Bill O'Brien's first three years as head coach. The Titans not only made the playoffs last season for the first time since , but overcame an point deficit to beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the wild-card round.
Tennessee's success last season was about on par with the expectations from oddsmakers. The Titans matched their win total of nine and actually disappointed by not winning the AFC South, despite entering as division favorites. The outlook takes a small step back in , as Tennessee enters with a win total of eight and the third-best odds in the division.
No team faces more uncertainty this offseason than the Colts, who were without Andrew Luck for the entire season due to a shoulder injury. Luck's status for will greatly affect the team's outlook. The Chargers missed the playoffs in , but are tied with the third-best odds to win the AFC this season, behind only New England and Pittsburgh.
Out of the eight current division favorites, Los Angeles is the only one that didn't make the playoffs last season. Are higher expectations good for the Chargers? The previous two seasons they entered as AFC West favorites were and , and they fell short of the playoffs both times.
The Chiefs started last season before stumbling down the stretch and eventually blowing an point lead at home in their playoff loss to Tennessee. Despite three straight double-digit win seasons, expectations are lower for Kansas City, which currently has a win total of 8. This information can help you make smarter decisions about where to place your wagers; think of it as a comprehensive price guide for sports bettors.
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