New England Patriots -175
New York Jets +130
Miami Dolphins +1000
Buffalo Bills +2000
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New England Patriots
New England claimed the division title for the second consecutive season last year, posting a 14-2 regular season record before being knocked out of the playoffs in a 28-21 divisional loss at home to the New York Jets.
The Patriots are divisional favorites due to last season’s record, but also quarterback Tom Brady’s 28-game win streak at Gillette Stadium. Brady and head coach Bill Belichick are just six wins away from being the all-time winningest coach/quarterback tandem in NFL history.
A new look has taken shape on the practice field since the lockout ended with the biggest names being defensive linemen Albert Haynesworth and wide receiver Chad Ochocinco.
Both expect to do things the “Patriot Way”.
New York Jets
New York continues to be one of the most talked about teams in the league and head coach Rex Ryan continues to speak confidently of reaching the Super Bowl. The Jets finished last year with an 11-5 SU record and 9-7 ATS mark.
A blow to the team’s psyche was delivered early in camp after Oakland cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha decided to not sign with New York and ended up in Philadelphia. It was a relief to the entire division, as offenses would have found things difficult against three potential Pro Bowl cornerbacks.
Third-year quarterback Mark Sanchez continues to say all the right things, but will need to be more aggressive in throwing the ball downfield in 2011. New York ranked 22nd in the league in passing offense last year.
The feeling around camp is a year of rebuilding in South Beach, especially when running backs Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams have signed to play in Philadelphia and Baltimore respectively.
Miami has been a money-making machine on the road, posting a 10-4 ATS mark when getting points the last two years, but that will likely change due to a weakening rushing attack that dominated the time of possession category the over that span.
Head coach Tony Sparano has listed newly-signed Reggie Bush as the starting running back heading into the preseason opener, but the depth of the position will be challenged due to his history of injuries.
Quarterback Chad Henne is the presumed starter, but is being challenged daily be the emergence of former Carolina signal caller Matt Moore.
Buffalo starts a new era with a not-so-much new face in hiring Chan Gailey to be the team’s 15th head coach in franchise history. The Bills are in a rebuilding process after posting records of 6-10 and 4-12 in the last two seasons.
Many around camp feel that the team’s ability to get back to a winning record rests squarely on running back C.J. Spiller, who finished with just 283 rushing and 157 receiving yards. The Bills finished 18th in the league in rushing last year and need him to become a bigger presence.
The Bills have been a solid road underdog in compiling a 9-6 ATS mark the last two years, but that hasn’t translated into covering the number when getting points at home. Buffalo has gone 2-7-1 ATS in that situation over the same span.