Football season is almost here!
Depending on where you live in the world, Football can mean many things. League, Aussie Rules, Rugby and Soccer.
For the purpose of this article, Football means… NFL. Gridiron. American Football.
For people who don’t know NFL, it is broken down into two conferences- The AFC and the NFC. Each conference has four divisions of four teams which are divided into North, South, East and West.
The playoffs (finals) are played between each conference. At the end of the regular season, the top team of each division is automatically in the play offs. There are also two wildcards given and this is to the next two highest ranked teams. It doesn’t matter which division the next two ranked teams are from and you can get three teams from a division qualifying for the playoffs.
At the completion of the conference play offs the top team from the AFC takes on the top team from the NFC in the Super Bowl.
With less than 40 days until kick off, I’m going to preview each team. Thanks to Fox Sports for providing links to each player.
Here is a preview of the four teams from the AFC East.
New England Patriots
Coach: Bill Belichick
Stadium: Gillete Stadium
Tom Brady. If he plays this team will always be a chance. The husband of some unknown model is one of the most talented Quarterbacks to ever play the game. The run game is the biggest question for the Patriots this year, but with a more experienced receiving corp, a (fit) Rob Gronkowski and the signing of Darrelle Revis, this team will again make coming to Foxborough a complete nightmare for opposition teams. The hooded figure of their coach, Bill Belichick, is like the Emperor from Return of the Jedi- a complete force to be reckoned with and it will take a team with a special light saber to cut through the cloak of this team.
New York Jets
Coach: Rex Ryan
Stadium: Metlife Stadium
Mark Sanchez has finally left and this team now has a chance! The green machine is my pick for a huge run this year and I think they will win this division. Their defense has never been questioned and the offense is looking better than the New Jersey Transit department, not that that says much. With Eric Decker and CJ2K coming over, this attack will be right on time. Throw in Michael Vick and this team has a fighting chance!
Coach: Joe Philbin
Stadium: Sunlife Stadium
The Dolphins are Incognito this season. They may have been bullies last year, but don’t expect them to bully their way through to the play offs. Ryan Tannerhill may have one of the most beautiful partners in the game and live in one of the most beautiful areas of the US, but it doesn’t mean he has a beautiful game. He just doesn’t. It’s nice to swim with Dolphins, but it’s not nice to support the Dolphins. William Wallace was great in Braveheart, let’s see if Mike Wallace is a warrior too.
But even if the team doesn’t perform, we know the Miami cheerleaders will find time to make a video of themselves, like last year.
Coach: Doug Marrone
Stadium: Ralph Wilson Stadium
This Buffalo team will get stampeded this year. They haven’t been to the play offs in 14 years and I expect this trend to continue. Their second year quarterback may step up. Global warming may continue as well. Who knows. They have put a lot of faith in their first round wide receiver pick, Sammy Watkins. I wouldn’t rush to pick up the bill for this team.
Key losses: S Jairus Bryd
Key signings: Rookie WR Sammy Watkins, LB Brandon Spikes, LB Keith Rivers, CB Corey Graham