Updated predictions for AFC East standings entering 2023 season

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The NFL preseason is officially over and now the quest for the Lombardi trophy starts on Thursday, September 7th where the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs host the up-and-coming Detroit Lions on opening night. The AFC East division is arguably the toughest division going into this season.

The Buffalo Bills have repeated as AFC East champions for the last three consecutive seasons with Josh Allen leading the way. The Miami Dolphins upgraded their defense by acquiring Vic Fangio as their defensive coordinator, to go with an offense that was lighting up the scoreboard when Tua Tagovailoa was healthy.

The New England Patriots hired a legitimate offensive play caller in Bill O’Brien going into a crucial year with Mac Jones. Finally, the New York Jets retained most if not all of their top five defense last season and traded for future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

With the additions that the Patriots, Jets and Dolphins made this offseason, the Bills no longer have a cake walk through the division that they have had. If you examine all four teams’ offseason moves, the Bills are near the bottom out of the four. The only difference that the Bills have that works out to their advantage is continuity. They added pieces to their football team but continuity matters more than people may think.

With the NFL season starting, here are predictions for the AFC East standings for 2023.