The predicted order of finish:
1. NEW ENGLAND
2013 | 12-4, 1st in East
Last year in playoffs | 2013
Going all the way: Tight end
They’re doomed: New England has an aging defensive front, notably with
Now hear this: “Nah, I ain’t changing that one bit. I’m going to go full speed when I’m out there and I’m going to keep smashing and dashing in everything I do.” — Gronkowski, on whether he’ll change his style after a slew of injuries and surgeries.
2013 | 8-8, 3rd in East
Last year in playoffs | 2008
Going all the way: Even though the
They’re doomed: With
Now hear this: “I heard a rumor that some people have reported we’ve made it hard for him on the field. That’s on purpose. That’s how you build a quarterback. He’s coming.” — Bill Lazor, offensive coordinator, on Tannehill.
3. N.Y. JETS
2013 |8-8, 2nd in East
Last year in playoffs | 2010
Going all the way: The strength of these
They’re doomed: As good as the defense is up front, it is lousy on the back end. Several injuries hit the secondary, but this unit is suspect even when healthy. The Jets are scrambling for answers in the secondary, with No. 1 corner
Now hear this: “I never said I had to have the best corner in football. That’s not it. My defenses work, period. I don’t care what it is. We take what we have, and then we work around it.” — Rex Ryan, coach
2013 | 6-10, 4th in East
Last year in playoffs | 1999
Going all the way: Buffalo’s defensive line will give opponents problems. The front four features three players who made the
They’re doomed: It has been a steady stream of bad news this off-season. From the death of owner Ralph Wilson, to the cancer battle of Jim Kelly, to the issues that could directly affect the 2014 team — among them the separate arrests of Dareus for illegal car racing and drug possession, and a season-ending ACL injury to second-year defensive star Kiko Alonso.
Now hear this: “We’ve got a lot to prove.… We haven’t been in the playoffs in a long time. We owe it to the fans, our late Hall of Fame owner and everybody in this business.” — Doug Whaley, general manager.