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Buffalo Bills – Rex Ryan has once again promised big things this year. This season is put up or shut up for this over talented band of underperformers. After an injury shorted 2015 campaign, last year’s big acquisition Lesion McCoy is looking to make an impact and show that he’s still a force in the backfield. Miami Dolphins – Seemingly in the middle of a multi-season rebuilding phase, the Dolphins are going to look to build the experience of rookie cornerback Xavien Howard as part of their revamped defensive backfield. Will it be enough to stop the pass happy Patriots when the two meet? One thing is for sure, Tannehill’s offense isn’t going to save the team if their defense can’t hold. New England Patriots – The Patriots are going to be start the season without GOAT Tom Brady due to his 4 game suspension resulting from Deflate gate. That’s going to be a tough stretch that includes NFC Championship contender Arizona Cardinals. Bill Belichick’s offenses have proven to be plug and play in the past, so look for Garoppolo  to make waves in his offseason audition. New York Jets – The NY Jets haven’t made it to the play offs in 5seasons. The toughest schedule in the AFC isn’t going to help their cause. To make matters worse, their first round draft pick Darron Leestill hasn’t signed his rookie contract. This has left the Jet’s a little desperate to the point where they have been working out multiple quarterbacks to compete for the position. Baltimore Ravens – Since their Super Bowl XLVII win, the Ravens have failed to find the selves consistently at the top of the AFC. This could be their year. Steve Smith Jr. has proven to be ageless and Breshad  Perriman will back and completely healthy this season. On the other side of the ball, offseason pick up Jerraud Powers has been wowing everyone at minicamp. Cincinnati Bengals – After their season was tragically ended by the ill-timed melt down of Vontaze Burfict, the Bengals are looking to show that they can become one of the new elites in the AFC. If Marv Lewis can hold his squad together they definitely have the tools. With quiet superstar Andy Dalton back under center, look for the Bengals to repeat as AFC North champions. Cleveland Browns – After the Cavaliers finally brought final victory back to the city, the fans want more. Unfortunately this year’s Browns aren’t going to deliver. Josh Gordon following a questionable supplementation plan is an offseason distraction but removing Johnny Manziel from the roster was a step in the right direction. If for no other reason, the Browns are worth following to see who the new QB is going to be. Pittsburgh Steelers – Injuries are a pretty poor excuse for a season’s outcome, but the Steelers have a legitimate gripe. Even with Big Ben missing half of the season, the Steeler’s kept it together and made some serious waves at the end of the season. Even with the loss of Antonio Brown in the Bengals/Steelers divisional round playoff game they still were competitive against eventual Super Bowl champs, Denver Broncos. Houston Texans – Offseason pick up Brock Osweiler looks to reinvigorate this Texans squad and build on their playoff appearance last season. The recent back injury to stud d-end JJ Watt is going to hamper the team’s defense, but competition for the roster spot has been reported to be fierce which bodes well for the future of the team. Indianapolis Colts – last season TY Hilton emerged from the shadow of veterans Reggie Wayne and Andre Johnson to establish himself as the number one weapon for Andrew Luck. With the rest of the eventual wide out starters returning, the balanced load should be a boon for both his and Andrew Luck’s stats this year. Look for special teams standout Quan Bray to try and break into the rotation as well. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jacksonville already has one thing going for it, they ended their season very strongly. This could be an encouraging sign that their rebuild of the franchise is finally complete. Blake Bortles  established himself as a top tier quarterback and while the defense established themselves as firm pass rushers while going 3-3 to close out the season. Tennessee Titans – No player ever elicited as much excitement as Marcus Mariota in their rookie debut. The phenom QB from Oregon became the first QB in NFL history to post a perfect passer rating in his very first NFL start. Their season didn’t end as strongly as it started though and the Titans failed to secure a wild card spot. With some big offseason additions look for them to contend for the AFC South this season. Denver Broncos – The Patriots may be the Vegas favorites to win the Super Bowl, but no team is better positioned than the Broncos. The core of the defense returned this season. Super Bowl MVP Von Miller just signed a long term deal. Even with the retirement of Peyton Manning and the departure of Brock Osweiler, the Bronco’s defense is more than prepared to win every game no matter who is under center. Kansas City Chiefs – The Chiefs have tasted their old greatness under the Mormon Maestro, Andy Reid. Last season they were the hottest team in the NFL heading into the playoffs behind a 10 game win streak. Alex Smith will continue his role as the absolute unsung hero while Jamaal Charles looks to continue to run roughshod over opposing defenses. Oakland Raiders – Relocation isn’t the only struggle that the Silver and Black are having. After failing to post a winning season for 4 straight seasons, the 2016 flavor of the Raiders isn’t looking any better. They open the season with two straight road games and end the season on the road. That means they better be prepared to make the most out of the stretch, including their 3 primetime games. San Diego Chargers – The Bolts are a team in flux. Despite being awarded the right to move the franchise to LA, they have opted to stay in sunny San Diego (it must be the perfect 80 degree weather 360 days a year). Aging stars Philip Rivers and the resurgent Antonio Gates are looking to bring the squad back to elite status for the first time in over 10 years.


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