AFC East Divisional Future Odds – Patriots Take Aim At Fifth-Straight AFC East Title Heading In To 2013-14

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The New England Patriots have dominated the AFC East division for almost an entire decade. There is no reason to think that will change next season. The Patriots have celebrated an AFC East division title in nine of the past 10 seasons, with the only exception being 2008 when Tom Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury week one and the Miami Dolphins stole a title. Brady and the Patriots have celebrated a division title in each of the four sportsbook reviews seasons since, and look to be the cream of the crop again heading in to the 2013-14 season.

AFC East Divisional Future Odds

Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes will sit out the rest of OTA’s, but plans to return to the team for mandatory minicamp.

The Patriots were the only AFC East team to finish with a winning record in 2012-13, going 12-4 to finish five games ahead of the New York Jets. Looking back now it seems almost surreal that the Jets finished 6-10, with everything from Tebowmania to the butt fumble haunting the memory of last season for gang green. New York will likely turn back to Mark Sanchez this coming price per head season, although there are other options now with David Garrard and rookie Geno Smith in the fold. The Jets defense lost Darrelle Revis via trade, but drafted Dee Millner in the first round and Revis did not see a lot of time last season anyway. Gang green is listed at +1500 to win the division, highlighting their chances of beating out New England.

The team with the best chance at challenging New York for second in the division is the Miami Dolphins, which finished second in the division a year ago at 7-9. Miami made strides with Ryan Tannehill at quarterback, and has the potential to be even better this sports betting season at +500 to win the AFC East. The key will be better play away from home, as the Dolphins went just 2-6 on the road last season compared to 5-3 at home. Miami is hoping a tougher logo change can also help build a tougher team mentality, and the addition of veteran wide receiver Mike Wallace and rookie linebacker Dion Jordan and cornerback Jamar Taylor will help.

The Buffalo Bills are hoping they have found their franchise quarterback in EJ Manuel, who will likely back up Kevin Kolb to begin the year. Buffalo had a solid draft with the addition of both Manuel and Robert Woods, but it could take at least a year for new head coach Doug Marrone to get his team playing the way he wants. The Bills have a lot of work to do from day one if they are going to avoid being the worst live betting team in the division, and there will be a strong emphasis on a rushing attack that features CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson. Buffalo is still listed at +1600 to win the division, signaling a last place finish is still very likely.

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The same core returns intact for New England this season, with the obvious mainstays being Brady and head coach Bill Belichick. The Patriots once again had one of the top-ranked offenses in the NFL last season even with a number of injuries, and the defense took another step forward. New England will need Brady to stay healthy as that is the one x-factor the team has banked on in winning division titles over the years, and they are listed at -500 to get the job done this season. If Brady can stay healthy, the AFC East title will almost definitely go to the Patriots for a fifth-straight season. For all of the latest NFL news and betting odds, be sure to check out the best online betting sites.

New England Patriots (-600)
Miami Dolphins (+500)
Buffalo Bills (+1000)
New York Jets (+2500)

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