This is the final installment of division champion. As I've taken you on a tour across the NFL landscape I hope you have a better sense of what the season has in store for you. All of my predictions are based on round the clock study and analysis so listen to every word I say. There is no doubt in my mind I picked all of the division winners correctly. To conclude this exercise here is how the AFC East will shake out.
Division winner: New England Patriots. The Patriots have restocked their roster with former all pros Chad Ocho Cinco and Albert Haynesworth. Both players were malcontents with their former teams, but coach Belichick has a knack for getting the most out of disgruntled stars. Look for the Patriots to sleep walk through this division.
2nd place: New York Jets. I love the coaching style and swagger of Rex Ryan, I just wish he had a better quarterback. This is a make or break season for Mark Sanchez to prove he can take this team to the next level. It's time for him to evolve from game manager to playmaker. I give him a 50/50 chance for success.
3rd place: Buffalo Bills. Lights out Shawne Merriman looks like he's on the juice again playing like a man possessed and Marcell Dareus is a force to be reckoned within the middle. Ryan Fitzpatrick is better than people give him credit for (fantasy football tidbit) and CJ Spiller should have a breakout season (another fantasy football tidbit). Don't be surprised to see the Bills go 8-8.
Last place: Miami Dolphins. The Miami Dolphins won't have a winning record this season, but every game will be hard fought. Chad Henne is clearly not the answer at quarterback and Reggie Bush has durability issues. This will most likely be coach Sparano's last year.
Division winner recap:
NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles
NFC West: St. Louis Cardinals
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC South: Atlanta Falcons
AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC South: Indianapolis Colts
AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC West: Kansas City Chiefs