Division Champion: New England Patriots
This should come as no surprise to anyone who has watched the NFL over the past ten years because the Patriots seem to always find to contend for the division and usually win it. 2012 will be no different with the addition of a new target for Tom Brady in Brandon Lloyd and two defensive first round draft picks in Chandler Jones and Dont'a Hightower. Along with those two players and a healthy Devin Mccourty will help a Patriots defense that can't really get much worse than it already is.
The Patriots offense will be just as good as it was last year and probably better with a ton of weapons in the best slot receiver since 2007 in Wes Welker, a deep threat in Brandon Lloyd, the best tight end in the league Rob Gronkowski and of course Tom Brady who was the head of the second best passing offense in the NFL last season.
Another thing helping the Patriots this season is their extremely easy schedule where their toughest tests with almost undoubtedly be weeks fourteen and fifteen where they face the Texans and the 49ers. With such an easy schedule the Patriots could easily be the best team in the AFC and the league, in fact barring injury the Pats could easily go 15-1 and even with injury the Pats are almost always guaranteed to go 12-4.
The Pats are heading into the 2012 season as one of the best teams in the league and like I said without injury i can see them making another trip to the Super Bowl this season.
Most Improved Team: Buffalo Bills
After the first seven games of the season the Buffalo Bills looked legit. Then they gave Ryan Fitzpatrick a juicy contract that he wasn't worth and he fell off, his foot work was gone and the Bills were no longer legitimate contenders.
Fast forward to the offseason the Bills began to take their defense seriously signing Mario Williams to one of the biggest contracts for any defensive player. Along with switching the defense to a 4-3 that will make the 3rd overall pick in the 2011 draft Marcell Dareus more comfortable by switching him to a more natural tackle spot even though last season as a rookie he played fifteen games and had over 40 tackles and 5.5 sacks last season. Along with those two key parts the Bills also picked former Patriot, DE Mark Anderson who had twenty-nine tackles and ten sacks last season.
People have been asking this offseason whether or not this is finally the season the Bills make it back to the playoffs. Sadly they won't they picked up the key guys they needed on defense to be good in the future but not this season. The reason they are going to be the most improved team is because they're going to finish second in the division with a 9-7 record which is a big step from a 6-10 season a year ago.
Biggest Disappointment: New York Jets
The reality TV show that is the New York Jets is just getting worse and worse. Picking up Tim Tebow from the Broncos this offseason is only a publicity stunt that will only hurt the New York Jets and cause a lack of focus in the locker room. The Jets starter question will be a tough decision of a lucky quarterback and a once "Sanchize" to a waste of a fifth overall pick back in 2009. I believe that the train wreck that is the New york Jets will cause Rex Ryan to lose his job and Mark Sanchez to lose his starting job and make way for Tim Tebow who will salvage a season of poor play for the Jets.
The Jets were a big disappointment in 2011 and look to be the same in 2012 and with a difficult schedule the Jets aren't going to be celebrating very much this season as they will once again miss the playoffs with a 7-9 record that will put them in 3rd in the division as they continue to decline.
Cellar Dwellers Miami Dolphins:
The Dolphins have no spot in this article I am not expecting anything from them at all. David Garrard will win the starting job as they're eighth overall pick in Ryan Tannehill and
Matt Moore continue to underperform in workouts, and the trading of Brandon Marshall their best receiver will only leave David Garrard without a target to hit causing the Dolphins to have a struggling offense next season.
The Dolphins addition of Chad Johnson will not help at all if his stint with New England is any sign. I would have to say that Johnson's best days are behind him and his stay with the Fins will be short if he can't memorize a play book like he couldn't with the Pats.
New England: 15-1*
New York: 7-9
* = makes playoffs