It’s a brand new period within the AFC East. Tom Brady lastly left the division. The Payments look poised for a sustained run of competency. The Dolphins seem to have a vibrant future. And the Jets … nicely, they’re nonetheless the Jets.

For the primary time in twenty years, the Patriots aren’t the overwhelming favorites to win the division. Nevertheless it’s actually a two-team race in 2020. If it’s not the Patriots coming of out the east, it can certainly be the Payments, proper?

Properly, there’s not less than one outstanding analyst who sees a 3rd group coming into the fray this season. Peter King made his predictions for the 2020 season Monday, and he went with a darkish horse decide to win the AFC East.

Right here is how he sees the playoff area shaping up, by way of NBCSports.com:

1. Baltimore
2. Kansas Metropolis
3. Tennessee
4. Miami
5. Indianapolis
6. Buffalo
7. Las Vegas

Spicy!

I don’t know if NFL followers are prepared for a Patriots-less postseason, however that’s precisely what King is predicting with the Raiders grabbing the ultimate playoff berth.

The most effective half is, King doesn’t even clarify why he picked the Dolphins to win the AFC East, as if it’s a factor we’d all simply settle for. That is actually all he gave us on Miami:

The Tua Tagovailoa watch is on in Miami. But when the Dolphins win 10 video games as I feel they’ll, the extra necessary additions will come on protection, in nook Byron Jones and versatile linebacker Kyle Van Noy.

Even weirder: King follows that up by selecting Mike McCarthy, and never Brian Flores, to win the Coach of the Yr award. Look, if Miami does one way or the other make the playoffs, Flores is successful that rattling award.

Whereas I did decide the Dolphins as a possible playoff sleeper through the offseason, I can’t truly envision it taking place. The offensive line is a multitude and there isn’t a lot of a cross rush, so the group will not be constructed to win within the trenches. It’s probably not constructed to win a finesse recreation both with a younger and unproven receiving corps. As enjoyable as Ryan Fitzpatrick is to observe, he’s not a quarterback able to elevating that group. Outdoors of the secondary, there isn’t an entire lot to get enthusiastic about … but.

A 7-9 document is possible for this Miami group, however the playoffs? I don’t know if probably the most optimistic Dolphins followers would even co-sign that decide.

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