Home to the Super Bowl LVII favorites, the greatest coach of all time, and a pair of rebuilding/rebuilt teams with potentially exciting offenses, the AFC East is going to be must-watch TV. Given how last season ended, the order of the best odds to win the AFC East could be as expected.
The Best Odds to Win the AFC East
Buffalo Bills (-225)
— New York Post (@nypost) July 10, 2022
Led by MVP candidate Josh Allen, the Buffalo Bills look to be one of, if not the best team in the NFL this fall. They were a coinflip away from facing the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship game and only look to be even better in 2022. With Gabriel Davis and Stefon Diggs, the only real question on offense will be if it’s Devin Singletary, Zach Moss, or rookie James Cook who gets the bulk of the action at running back.
The defense, on paper, looks a whole lot better than last year. Tre’Davious While is a top corner already and the Bills drafted Kaiir Elam to play opposite him. In the front seven, they added Shaq Lawson and Von Miller, two of the top pass rushers on the market.
Even with a first-place schedule, Buffalo is the betting favorite to take it all. The NFL betting Canada market has only gotten bigger with the emergence of this elite team. In addition to having the best odd to win the AFC East, the Bills are atop the betting market at (+650) to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
Miami Dolphins (+350)
Jaylen Waddle says it’s scary hours how Tua Tagovailoa is looking this offseason 👀 😱 pic.twitter.com/z1gtqsXJBb
— Touchdown Alabama (@TDAlabamaMag) July 5, 2022
Can Tua Tagovailoa take a step forward in his development? With the weapons acquired by the Miami Dolphins around him, he will have no excuse if not. Already, Miami had a dynamic playmaker in Jaylen Waddle. They’ve since added Tyreek Hill and Cedrick Wilson. The Dolphins offensive line was among the worst in the NFL last year, so they upgraded with Tarron Armstead and Connor Williams.
Overall, the Dolphins brought on Mike McDonald from the San Francisco 49ers system. He’s already shown what a player-first coach he is. Teams respond well to coaches like McDonald; just look at Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh. Miami has a fairly easy schedule in 2022 aside from the bouts with Buffalo, Cincinnati, and Green Bay. If there’s a year that Tagovailoa proves the doubters wrong, it has to be this year.
New England Patriots (+600)
RGIII sees a monster season coming for Mac Jones. 👀 pic.twitter.com/sWx2lFfzQb
— theScore (@theScore) July 5, 2022
Thus far, it looks like Tom Brady has won the breakup. But even then, the New England Patriots made the playoffs in 2021 behind their usual philosophy and rookie, Mac Jones. Outside of Patriots fans, who could name a wide receiver on this New England team?
The N’Keal Harry experience has been less than ideal, to say the least. The Patriots brought in DeVante Parker, Kendrick Bourne, Ty Montgomery, and Nelson Agholor to go with their second-round selection of speedster Tyquan Thornton.
Defensively, Christian Barmore has been a monster on the interior. They lost J.C. Jackson but re-added Super Bowl XLIX MVP, Malcolm Butler. The Patriots will continue to be a tough out, but long gone are the days where teams straight-up feared this team.
New York Jets (+2000)
Quarterbacks with zero turnover worthy plays on short pass attempts last season
1️⃣ Justin Herbert (344 attempts)
2️⃣ Baker Mayfield (183 attempts)
3️⃣ Zach Wilson (170 attempts) pic.twitter.com/KVRRQGLXkF
— PFF NY Jets (@PFF_Jets) July 5, 2022
Finally, the team with the worst odds to win the AFC East is going to look a little different in 2022. The New York Jets have routinely been the doormat of the division for years but that could be ending. In addition to a healthy Corey Davis, the Jets will have Elijah Moore and rookie Garrett Wilson catching passes from Zach Wilson. As with Tagovailoa, this could be a make-or-break year for Wilson.
The Jets added a whopping three tight ends this offseason: CJ Uzomah (from Cincinnati), Tyler Conklin (from Minnesota), and Jeremy Ruckert (drafted from Ohio State). Plus, the running back room added Breece Hall who was RB1 in this year’s draft.
On defense, New York nailed the draft. They got Ahmad Garner (CB1), Jermaine Johnson (EDGE4, a steal at pick 26), and Micheal Clemons in the fourth. They’ll get Carl Lawson back from missing all of last year and still have defensive playmakers in Quinnen Williams and C.J. Mosely. If you’re into throwing a bet at long-shots? (+2000) to win the AFC East and (+500) to make the playoffs are decent high-upside bets to make.