New England Patriots Have No Challengers In AFC East
The New England Patriots sit at 5-1 in the AFC East, and I don’t see anyone slowing them down in the division. Once again it looks like a division which will leave the Patriots standing tall in the end. Everyone thought with the injuries to Rob Gronkowski, the Aaron Hernandez situation, and Wes Welker leaving would leave the Patriots vulnerable and looking like a team on the decline. But they just keep moving, and a major reason for that is the division they play in.
The New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills feature young quarterbacks, and I don’t think that any of those three teams are ready for the challenge at this point. When you look at the Jets, they have a rookie in Geno Smith who has shown flashes of a veteran but also leaves you wondering why he isn’t on the bench.
Bills quarterback EJ Manuel has shown to be a tough quarterback early on, and the Patriots saw that in Week 1. But with Manuel dealing with injuries at this point, the Bills look to be staring at the basement of the AFC East once again.
Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill is the best of the three young quarterbacks, but his offensive line seems to be doing their best to keep Tannehill healthy.
It’s really amazing how the Patriots seem to have this division on lockdown every single year. Does this mean that the Patriots will go on a Super Bowl run? No, I don’t think so.