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AFC East: Toughest Division Ever?

Discussion in 'Team Management' started by Philstyle3005, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. Philstyle3005

    Philstyle3005 Walk On

    Oct 19, 2011

    Not many people will argue, the AFC East is the best conference out there. Last season, they just missed out on having 3 playoff teams, and 2 of the teams met each other in the AFC Championship in a game that was decided by 3 points. The Jets went on to the Superbowl and lost to a 49er team that was had a HUGE talent advantage over the Jets who were led by their rookie QB. This year, two of the teams are under new management with Gyrene76 taking over the Dolphins and Papa Perry taking over the Patriots. Big expectations are on this division, as they will be for the remainder of the cycle.

    Last season- 8-8
    The Pats are arguably the most talented team in the division, but most everyone isn't giving them a chance to compete in the division, much less win it. They return two of the most important parts of their team, Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski. The passing attack is going to be there but for how long? Tom Brady isn't getting any younger and could be out the door pretty soon. Is Ryan Mallett going to be ready to take over? Will we some of Ryan Mallett this upcoming season? We'll know everything we need to know about the Pats in the first 5 weeks as they play 4 division games in that time span.

    Last Season: 9-7

    The Dolphins are under new ownership, and it seems like they're playing with a smaller roster than most because the new owner is currently strapped for cash. Luckily, they have most of the pieces on offense with Ryan Tannehill, Lamar Miller, and Mike Wallace. Honestly, this team has a lot of talent looking from the outside in, and should put up explosive offensive numbers. The defense is probably the question mark on this team.

    Last Season: 14-2 Superbowl Appearance

    The Jets won the division last season and made a Superbowl Appearance behind MVP/Rookie of the Year Geno Smith, but ultimately came up short of the ultimate goal by failing to beat the San Francisco 49ers. The Jets also made the biggest move of the offseason by acquiring arguably the best tight end in the game in Jimmy Graham from the Saints for a few draft picks and CB Kyle Wilson. The Jets easily got the best end of this deal. It will be interesting to see the type of offense they run this season and how they get their new tight end involved.

    Last Season- 11-5 AFC Championship Appearance

    The Bills were a last second field goal away from a Superbowl last year and should come back hungry. EJ Manuel has about half a year under his belt (injured for over 9 weeks) and should be much better than last season. CJ Spiller and Stevie Johnson also return and should be big parts of the offense if they can stay on the field and hold onto the ball. The Bills also acquired Kellen Winslow and Emanuel Sanders to give EJ a few receivers that hopefully can hold onto the ball.

    Games to watch:

    Week 1 Pats vs. Dolphins - New owners in the division facing off against each other.
    Week 6 Bills vs. Jets- AFC Championship rematch
    Week 16 Jets vs. Giants- Could have been the Superbowl

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  2. Gyrene76

    Gyrene76 What does the fox say?

    Sep 29, 2010
    Awesome write up Phil.
  3. Kasper

    Kasper The Ghost Himself

    Apr 12, 2010
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  4. I Peench

    I Peench Caught in the hustle

    Jul 1, 2010
    I think the NFC south was better with the natural.

    Aside from that, yes - toughest division ever.
  5. QuietStorm

    QuietStorm TMFL Commish -- **ISYMFS** --

    Sep 3, 2012
    NFC South - antcap24, HotRod, capp34, Sgt Jowers .... Shit was ooooglay. But yea close second (y)

    Great write up!! I'll be sick if there is a all NY Superbowl haha! :bag:
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  6. Philstyle3005

    Philstyle3005 Walk On

    Oct 19, 2011

    We just finished up week 4 and we can take an early look how things are going to shape up in this division. First things first, we've already had one coaching change as the Patriots coach took a job with the Baltimore Ravens and it gave newcomer kdpnutter a chance to take over the New England Patriots. The new coach came in and picked up a big win over the division champion last season, 45-14.
    Buffalo Bills 4-0 (2-0)
    New England Patirots 2-2 (2-2)
    New York Jets 2-3 (1-1)
    Miami Dolphins 0-4 (0-2)


    Points per Game: 41 (1st)
    Passing Yards: 290 (3rd)
    Rushing Yards: 137 (12th)
    Total Yards: 427 (3rd)

    Passing: EJ Manuel 1216 Yards
    Rushing: CJ Spiller 307 yards
    Receiving: Ryan Swope 349 yards


    Points per Game: 30 (5th)
    Passing Yards: 316 (1st)
    Rushing Yards: 95 (22nd)
    Total Yards: 411 (4th)

    Passing: Tom Brady 1274 Yards
    Rushing: Shane Vereen 244 yards
    Receiving: Rob Gronkowski 347 yards


    Points per Game: 21 (23rd)
    Passing Yards: 220 (17th)
    Rushing Yards: 83 (25th)
    Total Yards: 303 (25th)

    Passing: Ryan Tannehill 679Yards
    Rushing: Lamar Miller 223 yards
    Receiving: Mike Wallace 314 yards


    Points per Game: 29 (7th)
    Passing Yards: 258 (9th)
    Rushing Yards: 114 (16th)
    Total Yards: 372 (19th)

    Passing: Geno Smith 1334 Yards
    Rushing: Chris Ivory 310 yards
    Receiving: Stephen Hill 495 yards

    Week 5

    Jets Vs. Patriots (Already been played)
    Dolphins vs. Chiefs- Dolphins looking to pick up their first win this season and this is a very winnable game for them.

    Week 6

    Jets vs Bills- Rematch of last years AFC Championship game
    Dolphins vs. Patriots- If the Dolphins can pick up a win in week 5, this could be a huge matchup.

    Week 7

    Bills vs. Cowboys
    Dolphins vs. Eagles
    Patriots vs. Chargers

    All good interesting and tough games in week 7.

    Week 8

    Redskins vs. Jets
    Bills Vs. Dolphins
    Giants vs. Patriots
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  7. kdpnutter

    kdpnutter Walk On

    Aug 31, 2010
    Absolutely a lethally brutal division from top to bottom (excluding myself) definitely don't envy teams that play the AFC East.
  8. Baron

    Baron "I'm PFP's reckoning."

    Jul 5, 2011
    Philstyle3005 Please rename this thread: AFC East: Most Sandbagging Division Ever?
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  9. kdpnutter

    kdpnutter Walk On

    Aug 31, 2010
    Sandbagging? I got one win and now I'm a sandbagger? Lol lonnnnnnng season ahead. :cautious:
  10. Philstyle3005

    Philstyle3005 Walk On

    Oct 19, 2011

    Buffalo Bills 8-2
    New England Patriots 5-5
    New York Jets 7-3
    Miami Dolphins 1-10


    Points per Game: 38 (1st)
    Passing Yards: 278 (4th)
    Rushing Yards: 155 (9th)
    Total Yards: 434 (3rd)

    Passing: EJ Manuel 2918 Yards
    Rushing: CJ Spiller 774 yards
    Receiving: Ryan Swope 836 yards


    Points per Game: 29 (7th)
    Passing Yards: 252 (9th)
    Rushing Yards: 113 (22nd)
    Total Yards: 365 (13th)

    Passing: Tom Brady 2530 Yards
    Rushing: Stevan Ridley 559 yards
    Receiving: Rob Gronkowski 783 yards


    Points per Game: 21 (26th)
    Passing Yards: 263 (6th)
    Rushing Yards: 87 (26th)
    Total Yards: 351 (17th)

    Passing: Ryan Tannehill 2733 Yards
    Rushing: Lamar Miller 690 yards
    Receiving: Mike Wallace 899 yards


    Points per Game: 33 (5th)
    Passing Yards: 267 (5th)
    Rushing Yards: 161 (7th)
    Total Yards: 429 (5th)

    Passing: Geno Smith 2807 Yards
    Rushing: Chris Ivory 751 yards
    Receiving: Stephen Hill 980 yards

    Week 12

    Jets Vs. Bills


    AFC East takes 3 teams to the playoffs this season. The Jets and Bills have all but locked up a playoff spot, and every game the Patriots will play from here on out, is a winnable game.
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  11. kdpnutter

    kdpnutter Walk On

    Aug 31, 2010
    Defensive Rankings (As of Week 13)

    bills logo.jpg
    Total Defense: 19th
    Pass Defense: 21st
    Rush Defense: 17th
    Points Allowed: 12th
    Sacks: 18th

    Turnover Diff: +9

    3rd Down Conv %: 47 (13th Best)

    jets logo.jpg
    Total Defense: 21st
    Pass Defense: 24th
    Rush Defense: 16th
    Points Allowed: 14th
    Sacks: 20th

    Turnover Diff: +9

    3rd Down Conv %: 49 (9th Best)

    pats logo.jpg
    Total Defense: 15th
    Pass Defense: 20th
    Run Defense: 9th
    Points Allowed: 11th
    Sacks: T-1st

    Turnover Diff: +2

    3rd Down Conv %: 54 (3rd best)

    fins logo.jpg
    Total Defense: 27th
    Pass Defense: 25th
    Rush Defense: 26th
    Points Allowed: 28th
    Sacks: 11th

    Turnover Diff: -9

    3rd Down Conv %: 42 (21st best)

    Just some fun facts, AFC East seems to give up a lot of yards but buckle down and get the turnovers and don't allow a ton of points. Since Phil had the offensive stuff down figured I'd throw up some defensive stats. Except the 3rd down conversion percentage, is how well YOUR offense converts 3rd downs.

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