It is baseball season, but there are plenty of ways to get your fill of football too. Our own Hank Koebler, IV is on the beat making his way across the NFL landscape exhaustively covering team after team. These previews will get you up to snuff with everything you need to know about the transition to each 2010 team.
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Today Hank is previewing the AFC East teams, the New York Jets, New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills.
NFC West Predicted Finish
There's too much talent on this team for them not to win the division. Rex Ryan's defensive schemes give opposing quarterbacks nightmares, the defense will only be better than last year with the return of Kris Jenkins, and the Jets' offensive line will blow you off the ball every time. The most important position to watch on this team is left tackle. If Vladimir Ducasse or Matt Slauson can shake their preseason struggles, the line will be absolutely impenetrable and Mark Sanchez will have the time and weapons to bring this team their first Super Bowl ring since 1968.
This division is incredibly tough to call, and there is only the slightest bit of difference between their talent levels. The Patriots are simply too good in the passing game for the Dolphins' defense to shut down, so it is likely that the matchups between the two teams will turn into who performs better - Tom Brady or Chad Henne. My money's on Brady. As far as the Jets go, the Patriots' linebacking corps is still an area of weakness, so a power-running team with a strong defense will likely be the Patriots' downfall just like last year.
The Dolphins play a pretty tough schedule, so this prediction isn't a knock on their abilities at all. If the Dolphins can come out of their brutal four-week stretch after the season opener with a 3-2 record or better, it'll be an impressive feat and they may have an outside shot at sneaking into the playoffs. The addition of Brandon Marshall does a great job of rounding out their offense, but they still have some retooling left to do on defense.
C.J. Spiller may single-handedly bring this team a couple of wins this season, but that won't be anywhere near enough to propel the Bills forward in the divisional race. They've got another year or two of solid rebuilding until they're true contenders for a playoff spot. - Hank Koebler, IV
Hank is a sports journalist attending the University of Missouri's school of journalism.
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