- The New York Jets have a whole new team, including a new head coach in Adam Gase.
- The New England Patriots have their same team minus Rob Gronkowski, a key player to their previous successes.
- The Patriots have +700 odds to win the Super Bowl while the Jets have odds of +8000.
NEW YORK – Out of 28 votes by top experts for NFL.com, 27 votes went towards the New England Patriots to win the AFC East, while one singular vote went with the New York Jets to topple the Patriots for the title. That vote came from ex-NFL quarterback David Carr and he has some great reasons to back up his stance.
The New York Jets have a new head coach in Adam Gase, who is very experienced when it comes to coaching a great offensive line. While quarterback Sam Darnold, 22 , has shown that he has the abilities to be great at his job, Gase could take the young quarterback to whole new levels.
During his first season with the Jets, Darnold played in 13 games, passing for 2,865 yards with a total of 17 touchdowns.
Running back Le’Veon Bell is now a part of the New York Jets organization along with linebacker C.J. Moseley. Both athletes can provide coverage on either side of the ball. Wide receiver Jamison Crowder, who has had a lot of chemistry in offseason practice with Darnold, will be returning to the field. To top it off, former Alabama defensive end Quinnen Williams will be on hand to display his pass-rushing skills.
It’s all of these variables combined that makes Carr believe that the Jets will take the Patriots for the AFC East title. The New York Jets have odds at US sportsbooks of +600 to come out on top.
The New England Patriots have a great team intact. Tom Brady will serve as the quarterback and they have wide receivers Demaryius Thomas, N’Keal Harry and Josh Gordon on their side. However, the Patriots are missing one of their key players this season and have had a hard time trying to replace him.
Tight end Rob Gronkowski has retired from the game and left a gaping hole in the team’s chemistry. The Gronk has not been easy to replace as he was a utility type of athlete on the field. It’s head coach Bill Belichick’s hope that he can find multiple players combined to do the job that one man did for his team. The Patriots have -500 odds to win the AFC East division title.
Even though New England received the majority vote among experts and are favored by oddsmakers to win in their division, Carr has made some valid points. The New York Jets should not be overlooked this season.