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2020 AFC East Predictions, Odds, Projected Records, and Win Totals

Robert Duff

by Robert Duff in NFL Football

Updated Mar 9, 2021 · 4:06 PM PST

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Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) during the second half of an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers, Monday, Dec. 7, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
  • The Buffalo Bills are +120 favorites to win the AFC East
  • The New England Patriots (+130) have won the past 11 AFC East titles
  • Buffalo’s last division title came in 1995

Believe it or not, there was time when teams other than the New England Patriots won the AFC East Division title. Some sports-betting sites are of the belief that the time could again be upon us.

The New England Patriots have won the past 11 AFC East titles. But as the opening kickoff of the NFL season approaches, New England is without quarterback Tom Brady for the first time in two decades, and the Pats are no longer considered the team to beat.

That tag is being applied to the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo is the +120 favorite to be 2020 AFC East champions in the NFL Divisional odds and the the SBD NFL Win Probabilities agree that the Bills should be favored.

AFC East Odds and Win Totals

Team Division Odds Win Total SBD Win Probability
Buffalo Bills +120 9.5 9-7
New England Patriots +130 8.5 8-8
Miami Dolphins +800 6.5 6-10
New York Jets +850 6.5 6-10

Odds as of Sept. 1st

The Bills haven’t been division champions since 1995.

Buffalo Bills

  • 2019 record: 10-6
  • Points per game: 19.6 (23rd)
  • Points allowed per game: 16.2 (2nd)
  • Yards per game: 330.2 (24th)
  • Yards allowed per game: 298.3 (3rd)
  • Turnover differential: +4 (T10)

A wildcard playoff team last season for the second time in three years, Buffalo lost its first postseason game to Houston in heartbreaking fashion.

Are the Bills ready to take the next step, win the division, and be a playoff performer, as opposed to a postseason participant?

QB Josh Allen has proven adequate over his two NFL seasons. With Buffalo’s stalwart defense, that’s good enough to get the Bills to the dance but it won’t make them homecoming king. Buffalo supplied Allen with a legitimate #1 receiving threat by acquiring Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings.

Bills Key Additions and Losses

Additions Departures
Stefon Diggs WR Frank Gore RB
Josh Norman CB LaAdrian Waddle OT
Mario Addison DE Stephen Hauschka K
AJ Klein LB Jordan Phillips DT
Tyler Matakevich LB Shaq Lawson DE
Quinton Jefferson DE Kevin Johnson CB
Vernon Butler DT Senorise Perry RB
Evan Boehm C Star Lotulelei DT*
Brian Winters G EJ Gaines CB*

*COVID-19 opt outs.

Defensively, Buffalo rates up there with the NFL’s elite groups. It all comes down to the offense for the Bills. If Allen moves ahead in his development, great things await.

Prediction 10-6 (first)

New England Patriots

  • 2019 record: 12-4
  • Points per game: 26.3 (7th)
  • Points allowed per game: 14.2 (1st)
  • Yards per game: 354.0 (15th)
  • Yards allowed per game: 275.9 (1st)
  • Turnover differential: +21 (1st)

Is there life after Brady? Patriots fans are about to find out.

In truth, New England rode the NFL’s stiffest and most opportunistic defense to success last season. But several pieces of that group are gone.

Linebackers Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins departed via free agency, while LB Dont’a Hightower and strong safety Patrick Chung were among a league-high eight COVID-19 opt outs.

Patriots Key Additions and Losses

Additions Departures
Cam Newton QB Tom Brady QB
Brian Hoyer QB Kyle Van Noy LB
Beau Allen DT Jamie Collins LB
Adrian Phillips S Stephen Gostkowski K
Brandon Copeland LB Danny Vitale FB*
Justin Rohrwasser K Marcus Cannon T*
Tyler Gauthier C Brandon Bolden RB*
Ben Braden G Patrick Chung S*
Xavier Williams DT Dont’a Hightower LB*

*COVID-19 opt outs.

The Pats are handing the keys to their offense to QB Cam Newton. Yes, he’s a former NFL MVP. He’s also 0-8 in his last eight starts, with nine touchdown passes against 10 interceptions.

Prediction: 9-7 (2nd)

Miami Dolphins

  • 2019 record: 5-11
  • Points per game: 19.1 (25th)
  • Points allowed per game: 30.9 (32nd)
  • Yards per game: 310.0 (27th)
  • Yards allowed per game: 397.8 (30th)
  • Turnover differential: -10 (27th)

Who were the real Dolphins: the team that opened 0-7, or the team that finished 5-4?

Dolphins Key Additions and Losses

Additions Departures
Tua Tagovailoa QB John Jenkins DT
Jordan Howard RB J’Marcus Webb T
Byron Jones CB Deon Lacey LB
Kyle Van Noy LB Evan Boehm G
Ted Karras C Taco Charlton DE
Ereck Flowers G Nick O’Leary TE
Emmanuel Ogbah DE Reshad Jones S
Shaq Lawson DE Daniel Kilgore C
Matt Breida RB Aqib Talib CB
Kamu Grugier-Hill LB Allen Hurns WR*
Kavon Frazier S Albert Wilson WR*

*COVID-19 opt outs.

Miami rebuilt its offensive line, added a quality pass rusher in Shaq Lawson, and bolstered the run game via the acquisitions of Matt Breida and Jordan Howard.

When will the offense be given over from veteran QB Ryan Fitzpatrick to first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa?

Going to a rookie QB with a defense that the was the NFL’s most porous during the 2019 campaign, the Fins are still a long way from being relevant again.

Prediction: 6-10 (third)

New York Jets

  • 2019 record: 7-9
  • Points per game: 17.3 (31st)
  • Points allowed per game: 22.4 (16th)
  • Yards per game: 273.0 (32nd)
  • Yards allowed per game: 323.1 (7th)
  • Turnover differential: -4 (23rd)

The Jets opened 1-7 and then closed 6-2 in the second half. Injuries to QB Sam Darnold greased the first-half slide.

They’ll need a rebound from RB  Le’Veon Bell, who was a disappointment in his first season with the Jets.

Dolphins Key Additions and Losses

Additions Departures
Joe Flacco QB Robby Anderson WR
Frank Gore RB Bilal Powell RB
Breshad Perriman WR Kelvin Beachum T
George Fant T Brandon Shell T
Greg Van Roten G Tom Compton G
Pierre Desir S Trumaine Johnson CB
Mekhi Becton T Jamal Adams S
Denzel Mims WR CJ Mosley LB*

*COVID-19 opt out.

Defensively, All-Pro safety Jamal Adams was traded to Seattle.  Linebacker CJ Mosley opted out of the season.

Prediction: 4-12 (4th)

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