Projecting Where the Teams in the AFC East Will Finish

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Projecting Where the Teams in the AFC East Will Finish
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The 2011 NFL season is still four weeks away but it’s never too early to start making predictions about the upcoming season.

Last year, six of the eight divisions weren’t decided until the final two weeks of the season and the last three division winners weren’t crowned until the action was all over on Week 17.

The AFC East was not one of those competitive divisions. In fact, it was really a two-horse race between the New England Patriots and New York Jets. However New England ran away with the division in the second half of the season.

This season the AFC East intraconference schedule includes games against the AFC West and theinterconference schedule matches them with the NFC West.

New York and New England enter 2011 as the front-runners on paper. Good thing for Miami and Buffalo that the games aren’t played on paper.

Buffalo still looks to be a work in progress and Miami sports a solid defense but there is a lot of uncertainty on offense.

Conventional wisdom (or common sense) would tell you neither team has a chance to compete in this division. Except this is the NFL, where teams quite often go from the basement to the summit and vice versa in a single season.

Will either Buffalo or Miami be able to break through and cause a shakeup in the division? Or will we see a repeat of last year with New England and New York trading punches?

With that, here are my 2011 predictions for the first of eight NFL Divisions: the AFC East.   

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