Preseason is over and we are now just a matter of days away from Week 1 of the 2022 NFL season. I’m sure that most of you, like me, are looking over the games and trying to figure out how to wager in the opening week. There will be plenty of previews and predictions coming over the course of the season, but what better way to look ahead than to talk about the individual divisions? As always, some are stronger than others, with many believing that the AFC East is in the control of a single team. The feeling is that the East is the Buffalo Bills to lose, but is that how things will play out? We are going to look at the NFL AFC Conference Odds and try to make some predictions for the AFC East, so let’s get to it.
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How Things Went in 2021
Before we look ahead, I thought it might be a good idea to look at how the division played out last season. It proved to be a little closer than most of us expected, but the Bills went on to win the division with an 11-6 record, holding off the New England Patriots, who went 10-7. The Miami Dolphins were next with 9 wins, followed by the Jets, who stumbled to another disappointing season, closing out at 4-13.
2022 Odds and Division Prediction
The Buffalo Bills are seen by many as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, but it all starts with winning the division and trying to nail down the #1 seed in the conference. No real surprise to find the Bills in as the favorite to win the East at odds of -239. I think they do just that, and I also think they will have a better record than last season.
There are still those who are concerned that Tua Tagovailoa might not be the man to lead the Dolphins to the promised land, but the team is sticking with him and got him some help, most notably with the signing of Tyreek Hill. The Dolphins are in at +430 and look like a decent pick to get a Wild Card spot this season.
Like we mentioned earlier, the Patriots did better than expected, picking up 10 wins last season, thanks in large part to the play of rookie QB Mac Jones. The fear is that Jones might fall into a sophomore slump and given what we saw in training camp and the preseason, the Patriots offense did not look particularly great. We may well be seeing a backward step here, but if Jones can play as he did last year, maybe the Patriots will be the surprise of the division. The Patriots are at +480 to win the East.
Finally, we have the New York Jets, and you have to say that up is really the only way they can go. They had a very solid offseason and should be better this year, but unless they get more out of Zach Wilson at QB, they are still going to be struggling to deliver any kind of major impact. With odds of +2200 to win the division, the Jets are a definite longshot.