New York Jets
It was a season to forget for the Jets in 2012, as they went 6-10 and fired their General Manager. Mark Sanchez struggled and heard boo birds very often. That led the Jets to spend a 2nd round pick on Geno Smith to push Sanchez for the starting spot in training camp. Chris Ivory was brought in to be the featured back as Shonn Greene left for Tennessee. They will need Stephen Hill or Jeremy Kerley to step up in the passing game, as Santonio Holmes may miss some time and they are weak at tight end. The defense lost its best player when they dealt Darrelle Revis to Tampa for draft picks. Muhammad Wilkinson needs to get pressure up front, while Calvin Pace will need to anchor the linebacking corps. Antonio Cromartie and first round pick Dee Milliner will have the tough task of replacing Revis in the secondary. The Jets will struggle again and it wont take long for the Jets fans to be yelling for Geno Smith. Scott Boutcher
New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are coming off a tough loss in the AFC Championship and an even tougher offseason. The Aaron Hernandez situation took a tragic turn of events and won’t help matters on the field. The Pats will begin the season minus their top 5 pass catchers from last season. Tom Brady and the offense will be tested like they haven’t in years. As long as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are at the forefront of the organization it will be tough to count out the New England Patriots. Mike Orzechowski
The Miami Dolphins will be looking to take a step forward in 2013, after 3 years of having 7, 6 and 7 wins. While they spent too much money doing it, they made a big splash in the offseason acquiring free agents Mike Wallace, Brandon Gibson, Dustin Keller, Tyson Clabo and more. The Dolphins used their first round draft pick to acquire Dion Jordan, a defensive end out of the University of Oregon. He should be a decent player but there were some scratching their heads about the Dolphins trading up to third in the draft to take him. The Dolphins are going to have to have starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill make some progress this year and find a way to mesh in new players with the old. Reggie Bush is no longer with the team and they are likely going to start second-year back Lamar Miller. They also have rookie Mike Gilislee, Marcus Thigpen and Daniel Thomas. Supposedly, Thomas has fallen out of favor with the Dolphins coaching staff and will see less time this season. On defense, they should be formidable as they have Oliver Vernon, Dion Jordan and Cameron Wake all as defensive ends. Wake is Miami’s best pass rusher and had 15.5 sacks last season. Miami’s linebackers will also be crucial. Karlos Dansby and Kevin Burnett are gone and Philip Wheeler and Dannelle Ellerbe are the replacements. Lastly, the Dolphins secondary looks much different too as Sean Smith, their former number one cornerback, is now in Kansas City and has been replaced by former Atlanta Falcon Brent Grimes, who is coming off a torn ACL. The Dolphins schedule is very tough this year as they play the Colts, Falcons, Saints and Super Bowl Champion Ravens, four of the first five weeks of the season.
They should be better than last season though and I would take the over 7.5 wins that Vegas has the number at. Dan Sohler
There is a new philosophy that is brought to the table by Coach Doug Marrone, and that is give the ball to C.J. Spiller. After a 6-10 finish last year, it looks to be another rebuilding year for the Bills in 2013. Without a proven quarterback running the offense, either it be rookie E.J. Manuel or newly acquired Kevin Kolb, the Bills will face another tough year in 2013. In a division the Patriots have owned, the Bills will fight for a second place finish against the likes of the Jets and the new look Dolphins. Kevin Langner