Dec 8, 2019; Orchard Park, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White (27) warms up prior to the game against the Baltimore Ravens at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

AFC East Odds

It’s been a while since the odds to win the AFC East started the year without the New England Patriots at the top. But there you have it – the Buffalo Bills at +120. We break down divisional odds in the more-competitive-than-ever AFC East at BetRivers Sportsbook.

Buffalo Bills (+120)

The Bills haven’t won this division since 1995 but are well-positioned following their first double-digit-win season of the century. Quarterback Josh Allen has sky-high potential and he now has star wide receiver Stefon Diggs to work with. In fact, it’s hard to find a weak spot on this roster. Still, there’s a lot of room for a lot to go wrong and it wouldn’t be shocking if they fell on their face again.

New England Patriots (+130)

The Bills lead the way mainly because the Patriots have been gutted by the departures of Tom Brady, Jamie Collins Sr., Kyle Van Noy and COVID-19 opt-out decisions from Dont’a Hightower and Marcus Cannon. And this is a team that went 4-5 to finish the 2019 campaign. It’s ridiculous that they’re still nearly favored to win the East.

Dolphins a good bet at 8-1?

Miami Dolphins (+800)

The well-coached, admirable Miami Dolphins somehow won five games despite a considerable scarcity of talent last year. They’re a lot better on paper this season but it’s still hard to envision Ryan Fitzpatrick and Co. making a run at a division crown. This is a team that was outscored by 188 points in 2019.

New York Jets (+850)

The New York Jets aren’t getting enough credit. The offense has impressive talent at multiple key spots and this division is so soft that they could stick around. These odds don’t give enough respect to quarterback Sam Darnold’s potential, as well as the possibility that a rejuvenated Le’Veon Bell could do serious damage. Keep in mind Gang Green went 6-2 during the second half of the 2019 campaign.

Predicted winner: Buffalo — by default, to a degree. The Dolphins and Jets aren’t ready and the Pats are headed in the wrong direction.

Where the AFC East odds value’s at: New York — +850 is pretty sweet for a team that has a high ceiling with Darnold, Bell and a bolstered offensive line. It’s just too bad they’ll be without C.J. Mosley and Jamal Adams on defense, but there’s still some muscle to be flexed there with Quinnen Williams, Henry Anderson and Avery Williamson. You never know. Worth the flier.

Don’t touch with a 10-foot pole: New England — Again, the Patriots were bad during the second half last year, and now they’re much worse on paper. The only reason they’re attached to sub-+200 odds is Bill Belichick and their history. While they can never be counted out because Belichick is Belichick, there’s little reason to take the bait at +130.

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. He was a lead contributor to an earlier incarnation of NationalFootballPost.com and was happy to return when new management revived the brand in 2020. Based in Toronto, he's covered the NFL since 2008 and has been a national NFL writer at Bleacher Report since 2012. He despises all 32 NFL teams equally but remains a fan of the Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Blue Jays and Toronto Raptors. He can be reached at Brad@NationalFootballPost.com