AFC East Preview; Why Revis Island Will Land The N.Y. Jets The Division

Lou Georgalas@@LouGeorgalasContributor ISeptember 6, 2010

Mark Sanchez is the key to the Jets' title hopes
Mark Sanchez is the key to the Jets' title hopesMary Ann Chastain/Getty Images

Jets, Patriots, Dolphins or Bills? Who will come away with the AFC East crown?

1) New York Jets (11-5)

Pros: Revis Island, Revis Island, and Revis Island. The league’s number one defense and running attack, backed by a brilliant offensive line, carried the Jets all the way to the AFC Championship game last season and the same recipe could be even stronger in the 2010 football season. The additions of LaDainian Tomlinson, and Santonio Holmes along with the emergence of RB Shonn Greene should give 2nd year QB Mark Sanchez plenty of weapons to play with.

Cons: The only thing that can stop this team is the play of Mark Sanchez. Can the erratic QB emerge as a legitimate captain of a Superbowl contender?

2) New England Patriots (9-7)

Pros: Tom Brady came through his comeback season unscathed and as impressive as ever in the Pats’ high-powered aerial attack. Wes Welker and Randy Moss form arguably the finest receiver duo in the NFL. Anchored by a dominant offensive line, New England can torch any team on their day.

Cons: It appears that the pass rush, or lack thereof, will be a massive concern all season. Who will emerge as the featured RB? Will the running game be consistent? The ageing New England Patriots' era of dominance could finally come to an end.

3) Miami Dolphins (8-8)

Pros: Chad Henne stepped up to the plate and impressed as the starting quarterback in 2009. Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown were solid in the running game which is the Dolphins’ strength. Brandon Marshall, finally gives this team the offensive play maker that they have coveted for years.

Cons: The offensive line has looked brutal this preseason and this is a major concern for a team who's focused on running the football. Brandon Marshall can't seem to actually catch the ball in preseason either. Can Chad Henne take the next step?

4) Buffalo Bills (3-13)

Pros: When you find them....let me know.

Cons: This team has major weaknesses on both sides of the ball. No consistency or quality at quarterback, no offensive line which should dramatically hurt C.J. Spiller's dynamic play making ability. It will be a long year in Buffalo.

Overview: This division is the Jets' to lose. If the club can get consistent, mistake free football out of Mark Sanchez the Jets can easily be considered a Superbowl contender. The re-signing of Darrelle Revis assures the Jets to once again be the best defensive team in the NFL. Sky's the limit and the keys to the convertible are in the hands of Mark Sanchez.