Kansas City will be a tough out this season but against the Pats I think they are in trouble as they are without some key pieces that will hamper them here and on opening night the Patriots cruise. VegasInsider has them pegged at 13 to 4 to win the Super Bowl.
The betting odds favor New England at home by 8.5 points, and the over/under is 48, via OddsShark.
The ceiling? Well, a flawless 19-0 season, of course. No redemption in 18-1. In a decade they have found myriad ways to recover, reload and remain the sport's powerhouse franchise.
"Twenty-six and 10? Did you care to look up Bill's (record)", asked Evans. Then Ryan Tannehill suffered a season-ending knee injury and Dolphins coach Adam Gase asked Cutler to unretire for the 2017 season.
Philadelphia Eagles - The Eagles started hot a year ago before Carson Wentz started to look like a rookie.
Buffalo? Rebuild. The Bills' real problem isn't talent, per se. The bad news is he has no plan beyond that. Both Smith and Marshall found new jobs with the New York Giants. The Jets are doomed to challenge the 1992 Seattle Seahawks for the most impotent offense in National Football League history.
The Over-Under, or total number of points projected to be scored, stands at 48. As always, the Jets are living up to their morbid acronym - Just End The Season.
"They have a good passing attack", Forbes said.
RB Jay Ajayi was one of the top RB during last season in NFL: Accuscore's fantasy projections show that he would be top10 RB to collect fantasy points this season as well.
This could be one of the best offenses the Patriots have had. Dion Lewis and James White run circles around Laurence Maroney, Sammy Morris and Kevin Faulk. Confuse Brady, push the pocket, and win 1-on-1 matchups is how they can get New England's high-octane offense off the field. To be fair they were also hit with plenty of injuries. And let's just assume Brady at any age or wage is legendary. When a team has a QB with that type of resume, you can't help but pick them again this year. There were some mixed feelings and the starters didn't play a whole lot in any of the games, but it was the preseason and nothing was overly shocking.
The top 11 seasons in terms of wins in Patriots history have come in the Belichick/Brady era, and two others are tied for the 12th-best season, which is 11 wins. Derek Carr and the Raiders are the new guard. The scrutiny begins when seemingly ageless Brady leads the New England Patriots as they begin defense of their Super Bowl title against Kansas City in the regular season opener on Thursday Night Football (5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET, KGW-8, NBC).
Most of this good fortune is due to the fact that they play in what should be the weakest division in football. "That's been good this year". As is Jameis Winston, who still makes too many head-scratching throws. Also working against the Falcons is the loss of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to San Francisco. But, really, the focus is on this game. You don't hear about holdouts, lockouts, contract strife or team-wide dissent. He is smart and disciplined, but he is not the kind of quarterback who is going to lead Denver to many comeback victories. Or will the Ravens' stifling defense be too much for Big Ben and Co.? It's a lot more than a street name outside the practice facility.