The NFL kickoff is just a few days away and I am getting more and more excited by the minute. I know I am ready to have something to do on Sundays again. Today, in The Sports Talk we are previewing the AFC and NFC East, respectively. The two teams that played in the big dance last year came from these two conferences. Will that happen again?
The AFC EAST
Buffalo Bills: The Bill last year started off strong but faulted towards the end of the year. They ended up with a weak 6-10 record. I can’t say that is bad for the Bills but this year I think they will improve that. The key addition to the Bills is on the defensive side of the ball. They picked up defensive lineman Mario Williams and that will put just a little fear in the teams they play this season. I expect the defense to step up with some leadership and more quality plays. The Offensive side of the ball looks good as they return the stars that helped them last year. The Bills are going to have a good season this year. I have them finishing with a record of 9-7
Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins also finished in 2011 with a 6-10 record but unlike the Bills who improved somehow they have got worse. Ryan Tannehill is going to be roughed up badly this season. The offense other than Reggie Bush looks bleak and will not put up many points. The defense is just as worse. They keep releasing players left and right which is sad cause this team could have been a threat in the division. They finish the year with a terrible 3-13.
New York Jets: 8-8, A mediocre 2011 for the J E T S Jets. This year things could be a little different in the NYC. The biggest decision that is who is going to be leading the team into the 2012 season. Right now it is Mark Sanchez. He has steadily gotten worse over the last three seasons. I know My fantasy football team took a hit from that guy a couple of years ago. The other guy that could lead the Jets is Tim Tebow. He was the inspirational leader for the Denver Broncos last season taking them from 1-4 to 8-8. I think he could be a big help to the Jets. Where does this leave them to finish the season? With Sanchez 8-8 and with Tebow 8-8
New England Patriots: Finished the 2011 season 13-3 and were the representatives for the AFC in the Super Bowl. They might have lost that game but they are going to be coming out this season with a chip on their shoulders. You can’t really bet against a team that has Tom Brady at the head of the pack. The defense has become more young and will hit some teams in the mouth. The one question that is hanging over this team, is how Wes Welker is going to do? This is a contract year. He should already have big money as he led the NFL in catches the last three seasons. The Patriots are going to win the East again with a record of 12-4.
THE NFC EAST
New York Giants: Last year the Giants won the east with a record of 9-7 and also won the biggest prize in the league. The Lombardi Trophy. This season I don’t think the G-Men are going to have a stroke of luck hit them at the right time. The one problem I see with this team is the inconsistency in the play of quarterback Eli Manning. He is a great player but seems to not do as well in some seasons as he does in others. The defensive line is one of the best but they can’t seem to all stay healthy. This year will be no exception. The Giants are going to have a rough year and finish the year with a record of 7-9.
Washington Redskins: 2011 was a rough year in Washington. They ended it with a record of 5-11. However, two of those wins came against the Super Bowl champions and that is without a quarterback. However, in the draft they picked up Robert Griffin III and my opinion the better of the two big time quarterbacks in the drafts. This season is going to be a huge turnaround. They have a few pieces in place and they are going to win some big games. They are going to finish the 2012 campaign with a record of 8-8
Philadelphia Eagles: 2011 season ended with a very average 8-8 record for the Eagles. This season, they are the team to beat in the East if Michael Vick stays healthy. The Eagles success hinges on the health of a quarterback who runs the ball and takes some vicious hits. They have threats at every position on offense. Now, their defense is automatically going to be a step up from last year cause they actually have a guy who is a defensive coach and not some schmuck right out of high school. The Eagles are going to be so good it is scary. They are going to finish the year with a record of 14-2.
Dallas Cowboys: Another team in the East that ended 2011 with a 8-8 record. I don’t care how many years in a row I have to write this. The Cowboys are not a real threat at all until Tony Romo is not at the head of that team. Romo is one of the most overrated players in the league. This season the defense is going to have some trouble stopping people. I think it’s going to be a hard year for America’s favorite team. They are going to finish the year with a 6-10 record.