2018 NFL Most Rushing Yards – Odds & Betting

kareem-hunt-chiefsKansas City Chiefs rookie Kareem Hunt surprised everybody last year by leading the NFL in rushing with 1,327 yards. The third-round pick out of Toledo seized control of the Chiefs’ starting job and never looked back.

It’ll be interesting to see if Hunt can make it back to back seasons in being the leading rusher. Nobody has done this since LaDanian Tomlinson pulled off the feat in 2006 and ’07.

Let’s discuss whether or not Hunt can be the first back to lead the NFL in rushing for consecutive seasons since Tomlinson. I’ll also cover the betting odds on each running back’s chances of being the league leader

Odds on 2018 NFL Leader Rusher

Below you can see the GTBets odds on the top running backs’ chances of taking the rushing title. Note that these odds will be available until the start of the 2018 regular season:

  • leveon-bell-steelersEzekiel Eiiott +320
  • Field (all others) +500
  • LeVeon Bell +500
  • Todd Gurley +600
  • Saquon Barkley +800
  • Leonard Fournette +850
  • Kareem Hunt +1000
  • David Johnson +1200
  • Melvin Gordon +1500
  • Jordan Howard +1500
  • Dalvin Cook +1500

Analysis on Potential 2018 NFL Rushing Leaders

ezekiel-elliott-suspension-1Ezekiel Eiiott (+320)

Ezekiel Elliott led the NFL in rushing with over 1,600 yards two years ago. It’s very possible that he could’ve done the same again in 2017 had he not been suspended for a domestic violence issue.

As it stands, Elliott rushed for 983 yards in just 10 games. At this pace, he would’ve easily topped 1,500 rushing yards. The only worry is that his yards per carry dropped from 5.1 to 4.1 last year.

Le’Veon Bell +500

Le’Veon Bell is quite possibly the best dual-thread running back in the league. He also puts up strong rushing totals, as evidenced by his 1,291 yards on the ground in 2017.

Unfortunately, Bell is still in a contract dispute with the Steelers. And it doesn’t look like he’ll be reporting to camp anytime soon. That said, Le’Veon isn’t a great bet at +500 right now.

todd-gurley-ramsTodd Gurley (+600)

Todd Gurley finished just behind Hunt for the league’s rushing title last season with 1,305. Gurley and the Rams will once again have an extremely strong offense.

This being the case, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see Gurley take a step forward and break the 1,400 or 1,500-yard barrier.

Saquon Barkley (+800)

A rookie has led the league in rushing for the past two seasons. And former Penn State RB Saquon Barkley is the rookie favorite to keep this trend going.

Barkley is much like Bell in that he’s a dual-threat running back who also catches a lot passes. But if the Giants decide to feature him on the ground a lot this year, expect him to also rack up plenty of rushing yards.

leonard-fournette-rookie-of-yearLeonard Fournette (+850)

Leonard Fournette was still able to top the 1,000-yard mark despite missing three games with an injury. He also looked well on his way towards the Pro Bowl before injuries set in.

There’s no guarantee that Fournette can go through 2018 completely healthy. But he’ll definitely make a strong case for the rushing title as long as he doesn’t get hurt.

Kareem Hunt (+1000)

As mentioned earlier, nobody expected Kareem Hunt to go from third round draft pick to leading the NFL in rushing yardage. But the former Toledo product was unfazed as he topped the 1300-yard mark.

He should once again be in for a strong campaign in 2018. But it’s worth mentioning that Hunt had the lowest yardage total for a league leading rusher since Barry Sanders in 1990 (1,304 yards).

2018 NFL Most Passing Yards – Odds & Betting

aaron-rodgers-vs-patriotsLast season, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady led the NFL in passing with 4,577 yards. Can the 41-year-old repeat the same accomplishment this year?

No. 12 led the NFL in this category for the first time since 2007. Brady will look to make it two years in a row, but he’ll no doubt have some fierce competition.

That said, let’s look at all of the betting odds regarding who will throw for the most yards in 2018.

Odds on 2018 NFL Leader Passer

Below you can see the GTBets odds on each quarterback’s chances of leading the NFL in passing yards. Keep in mind that these odds are available up until the start of the regular season:

  • tom-brady-deflate-gateDrew Brees +450
  • Field (all others +450
  • Tom Brady +500
  • Aaron Rodgers +750
  • Philip Rivers +850
  • Ben Roethlisberger +1100
  • Matthew Stafford +1200
  • Matt Ryan +1400
  • Andrew Luck +1600
  • Kirk Cousins +1800
  • Deshaun Watson +2000
  • Jimmy Garoppolo +2000
  • Patrick Mahomes +2000
  • Russell Wilson +3000

Analysis on Potential 2018 NFL Passing Leaders

drew-breesDrew Brees (+450)

Drew Brees is a perennial favorite to be at the top of the league in passing yards. After all, he led the NFL in passing yardage from 2014-16. He also finished fourth last season with 4,334 yards.

However, it’s obvious that the 39-year-old has lost a little arm strength. Furthermore, New Orleans now features a strong russhing attack led by Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram. All of these factors have us thinking that Brees is overvalued at +450.

Tom Brady (+500)

Nobody would be surprised if Brady finally slowed down in 2018. He is, after all, at an age when many pro football players have long since retired.

However, Brady has perhaps proven to be the most ageless football player ever. He led the NFL in passing yards last year and is a decent bet to do so this season too. The one catch, though, is that top receiver Julian Edelman will miss the first three games.

Aaron Rodgers (+750)

Aaron Rodgers had his 2017 campaign cut short by a broken collarbone. The Green Bay Packers struggled as a result, finishing just 7-9 and missing the playoffs.

This shows how much Rodgers means to the Pack, especially considering that they don’t have much of a running game. Given that the passing attack will be heavily relied upon again, Rodgers could be a value pick at +750.

philip-rivers-chargersPhilip Rivers (+850)

Philip Rivers quietly finished second in the league with 4,515 passing yards. The San Diego Chargers QB will once again be counted on to give this offense a lift.

Considering that the offensive line is better around him than ever, he has a good chance to equal or surpass last year’s yardage total.

Ben Roethlisberger (+1100)

Ben Roethlisberger leads what is perhaps the NFL’s most potent offense. They feature receivers Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, along with running back Le’Veon Bell.

Roethlisberger was fifth in the league last season with 4,251 passing yards. There’s a decent chance that the Steelers can start off 10-0 based on their schedule. That said, Roethlisberger could jump out to an early lead in the passing category.

matthew-stafford-lionsMatthew Stafford (+1200)

The Detroit Lions have slowly added some weapons around Matt Stafford over the past few years. He now has Golden Tate and Marvin Jones to throw to, which helped him finish third in the NFL last season with 4,446 passing yards.

I don’t see much of a reason for Stafford to throw for more than this total in 2018. This is especially the case when considering that the Lions will try to feature the run game more after adding LeGarrette Blount. Nevertheless, Stafford is a good a dark-horse pick to win this bet based on his +1200 odds.

AFC South Odds 2018 – Previews & Betting Analysis

jacksonville-jaguars-defenseThe AFC South had been the league’s worst division for a few years running. But they’ll be one of the tougher divisions in 2018.

The Jacksonville Jaguars look like the best team again. But Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans should push them for the South title.

The Tennessee Titans could be a dark-horse pick to take the division crown. Of course, much of this will depend upon Marcus Mariota living up to his potential.

Andrew Luck returns for the Indianapolis Colts after not playing since 2016. This is likely a year to work himself back into shape, because the Colts don’t look overly competitive.

You can check out the odds on each of these teams below along with analysis on how they figure to do this season.

2018 Team Odds on Winning AFC South

Here are the GTBets odds on each AFC South team. Note that these odds are subject to change and may be removed and added leading up to the regular season:

  • Houston +200
  • Indianapolis +450
  • Jacksonville +160
  • Tennessee +390

2018 AFC South Team Previews

Jacksonville Jaguars (+160)

blake-bortles-jaguarsJacksonville’s offense had a very good season under offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett. He utilizes a run-heavy approach that features Leonard Fournette and T.J. Yeldon. Fournette has All-Pro potential when healthy, while Yeldon is one of the league’s best backup tailbacks.

The team’s offensive fortunes will rest on how QB Blake Bortles performs. He had his best season in 2017, but has been unpredictable throughout most of his career.

The Jaguars’ defense will once again be the strength of this team. They held opposing QB’s to a league-low 68.5 rating.

Defensive linemen Calais Campbell, Malik Jackson, Dante Fowler, and Yannick Ngakoue are a big reason for this, because they combined for 42.5 sacks. Jacksonville also features the league’s best cornerback duo in A.J. Bouye and Jalen Ramsey.

Jacksonville has a much tougher task this year since they face seven 2017 playoff teams. However, their defense and running game are good enough to help them to earn another playoff bid, if not a second straight division title.

Houston Texans (+200)

deshaun-watson-texansCoach Bill O’Brien quickly became a believer in QB Deshaun Watson and changed the offense to meet his strengths. Unfortunately, Watson tore his ACL and missed the latter part of the season.

The Clemson product is back once again, though, and looking to pick up where he left off. WR DeAndre Hopkins continues to be among the best at his position. However, the Texans don’t have much else to work with at the skill positions.

Houston’s defense gave up an NFL-worst 27 PPG last season. Much of this can be blamed on injuries, with both LB Whitney Mercilus and DE J.J. Watt missing 11 games. As long as they return healthy, then DE Jadeveon Clowney won’t be constantly double-teamed.

The pass rush must work, because the secondary isn’t very good. But signing former Arizona safety Tyrann Mathieu will provide an upgrade in the secondary.

The Texans look like a definite AFC South contender as long as they stay healthy. However, they can’t do it if Watt, Mercilus, and Watson get injured again.

Tennessee Titans (+390)

marcus-mariotaQB Marcus Martiota regressed in 2017. Tennessee responded by bringing in Matt LaFleur as the new offensive coordinator. LaFleur should be up to the task of improving Mariota after working under offensive stalwarts Kyle Shanahan and Sean McVay.

The Titans have a good offensive line and run game. Derrick Henry and Dion Lewis will be a powerful 1-2 combo at tailback.

Tennessee also has a new defensive coordinator in Dean Pees, who manned the same position for Baltimore the past six years. He’ll guide a unit led by DT Jurrell Casey, CB Malcom Butler, CB Logan Ryan, CB Adorre Jackson, and S Kevin Byard.

Overall, the Titans have good pieces to work with on offense and defense. However, they may be valued a bit high at +390. Too much is riding on whether Mariota can finally be the player this franchise has expected.

Indianapolis Colts (+450)

andrew-luckThe Colts have wisely placed more value on keeping Andrew Luck healthy. They signed former San Diego G Matt Slauson and drafted G Quenton Nelson sixth overall.

However, the team failed to bolster a receiving corp that offers little beyond T.Y. Hilton. They may rely more on the run game more than at any point in Luck’s tenure. Promising young players Marlon Mack and Jordan Wilkins are the top tailbacks.

New defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus is walking into an impossible situation based on the lack of talent. He’s hoping that his 4-3, zone-based scheme can make up for the team’s deficiencies, although it’s unlikely.

Safety Malik Hooker and defensive end Jabaal Sheard will do what they can to anchor a defense that ranked 30th in both points and yardage allowed.

Former GM Ryan Grigson did a terrible job of constructing this roster. And that will haunt them going into 2018.

Luck is an elite quarterback when healthy, which should net the team a few wins. But don’t look for Indy to be anywhere close to the top of the division.

AFC North Odds 2018 – Previews & Betting Analysis

leveon-bell-vs-new-englandThe Pittsburgh Steelers come in as the division favorites once again. Their loaded offense looks to keep them on top of the AFC North.

The Baltimore Ravens came within less than a minute of earning a Wild Card spot. They’ve since retooled their offense in hopes of earning a postseason bid.

After spoiling the Ravens’ season in Week 17, the Cincinnati Bengals hope to return to playoff form. However, they need to reverse a losing trend that’s lasted for two seasons.

Nobody in the division has more young talent than the Cleveland Browns. But will they finally be able to turn this talent into a winning season?

You can see the odds on each AFC North team below along with their season outlooks.

2018 Odds on Winning AFC North

Here are the GTBets odds for all four teams in the division. Note that these odds are available on and off leading up to the regular season:

  • Baltimore +385
  • Cincinnati +1000
  • Cleveland +1000
  • Pittsburgh -250

2018 AFC North Team Previews

Pittsburgh Steelers (-250)

antonio-brown-steelersBen Roethlisberger is talking more about retirement in recent years. But he still has the arm strength to make fast, short throws mixed with downfield passes.

He’ll once again benefit from having Antonio Brown, the league’s top receiver. JuJu Smith-Schuster, who had a very good rookie campaign, will serve as a nice complement to Brown.

Running back Le’Veon Bell is yet another option in the passing game. He exercises a patient run style and will benefit from the Steelers’ elite offensive line.

Pittsburgh suffered a huge loss with Ryan Shazier’s horrific back injury last season. The results showed as they frequently gave up both big runs and passes.

However, they also led the league with 56 sacks last season, including 12 by Cam Heyward. The team also brought in safety Morgan Burnett and first-round pick Terrell Edmunds to help with the secondary. Pittsburgh’s young linebacking core won’t be able to make up for the loss of Shazier, but they should improve in 2018.

It’s almost impossible to see anybody but the Steelers winning the division. They have a realistic chance of starting 10-0 and should definitely match last season’s win total of 12. How far they go in the playoffs all depends upon how the defense rounds into form.

Baltimore Ravens (+385)

joe-flaccoJoe Flacco has yet to recapture the magic he had during Baltimore’s 2013 Super Bowl title run. But the Ravens’ aren’t ready to go away from him yet and upgraded the receiving corp to help Flacco.

New receiving additions include Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead, and John Brown. Tight ends Mark Andress and Hayden Hurtst will also provide decent targets.

The run game looks strong after Alex Collins emerged as a true starting back. Kenneth Dixon could also figure into the mix after missing last year with a knee injury.

Baltimore has pieces of a good defense, including linebacker Terrell Suggs and a strong secondary. They also forced a league-high 34 turnovers in 2017.

The main cause for worry, though, is that the Ravens will face a much better crop of quarterbacks outside their division. Should-be-backups like Brett Hundley, Matt Moore, Tom Savage, and E.J. Manuel have been replaced by the likes of Philip Rivers, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton.

Baltimore benefited from a favorable schedule last year and lucky bounces in the turnover department. It’s hard to see them matching last season’s win total, especially if they fail to sweep the Browns and Bengals.

Cincinnati Bengals (+1000)

aj-green-footballCincinnati had a terrible offensive start last season and fired coordinator Ken Zampese after just two games. But much of these problems can also be blamed on a weak offensive line.

Therefore, it’s no surprise that the Bengals upgraded in this area by drafting C Billy Price with their first pick and adding former Buffalo tackle Cordy Glenn.

The Bengals’ skilled players should shine as long as the offensive line holds up. A.J. Green is still one of the league’s best receivers, while running back Joe Mixon claimed the starting job in his rookie season. The team will also benefit from receiver John Ross actually getting a chance to play after being hurt throughout 2017.

Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap form an excellent pass-rushing duo for Cincy. The two have combined for over 60 career sacks.

LB Vontaze Burfict is another productive member of this defense when healthy. The Bengals have also added Preston Brown to the linebacking corp.

Darqueze Dennard, Dre Kilpatrick, and William Jackson form a very good secondary that limited opposing teams to just 6.5 yards per pass attempt.

Cincinnati’s defense looks strong at all three levels. Their season all depends upon how the offense performs coming off a lackluster 2017.

If everything goes right, the Bengals could make the playoffs. Furthermore, they might even be a good bet to win the division with long odds of +1000.

Cleveland Browns (+1000)

myles-garrett-cleveland-injuryCleveland’s plan on offense is to start veteran Tyrod Taylor and see where things go. Assuming the Browns don’t rack up too many wins, we should see first-overall pick Baker Mayfield eventually.

One of the biggest problems for Cleveland’s offense last year was receivers who couldn’t create separation. They went out and added Miami’s Jarvis Landry to help in this department. They also return Josh Gordon, who looked great the last few games after coming off a lengthy suspension.

The running game will also be better with the addition Carlos Hyde serving as the early down tailback. Duke Johnson should get plenty of work once again on third downs.

Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams helped this team improve last year, with Cleveland ranking around the middle of the league in terms of yards allowed per play and yards allowed per game. The points-per-game numbers weren’t too good, but the Browns committing 41 turnovers put the defense in difficult spots.

Adding former Green Bay corner Demarious Randall and drafting Denzel Ward in the first round should help the secondary. DE Myles Garrett will emerge as a beast, provided he doesn’t have any more injuries.

Cleveland is coming off only the second 0-16 season in NFL history. The 2018 schedule doesn’t do them any favors either, because their first eight-game stretch will be brutal. Nevertheless, we expect them to at least notch a few wins thanks to an upgraded roster.

AFC West Odds 2018 – Previews & Betting Analysis

philip-rivers-chargersThe San Diego Chargers are many experts’ top pick to win the AFC West. They feature longtime franchise QB Philip Rivers along with a strong pass rush.

The Kansas City Chiefs will be defending their division title with a new quarterback. Second-year player Patrick Mahomes will lead the Chiefs offense with his big arm.

Jon Gruden takes over an Oakland Raiders team that disappointed in 2017. The key to their success will be if quarterback Derek Carr can play as well as he did two years ago.

The Denver Broncos once again face the same dilemma as last season: can their offense score enough points to keep up with a really good defense?

Check out the AFC West odds below along with analysis on how each team figures to perform in 2018.

2018 Team Odds on Winning AFC West

Here’s a look at each team’s odds of winning the West. Note that these GTBets odds are the available off and on until the start of the 2018 regular season:

  • Denver +450
  • Kansas City +245
  • Los Angeles Chargers +140
  • Oakland +375

2018 AFC West Team Previews

LA Chargers (+140)

joey-bosa-chargersThe Chargers closed out last season strong after a dismal 0-4 start. They finished 9-7 and second place in the division.

It’s easy to see why San Diego is the favorite to win the West when considering the offseason moves they made. This includes adding G Forrest Lamp and ex-Dolphins center Mike Pouncey. Now, Philip Rivers should have more time in the pocket than he has had over the last few seasons.

One of the Bolts’ major weaknesses last season was stopping the run. They picked up former Seattle DT Brandon Mebane to help in this department. The pass rush certainly doesn’t need any help when considering that defensive ends Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa combined for 23 sacks last season.

The secondary is yet another strength when accounting for corners Casey Hayward and Trevor Williams, along with first-round draft pick Derwin James.

San Diego’s 0-4 start last season was largely the result of poor field goal kicking. That said, they could easily be looking to defend a division title this season. Regardless, San Diego looks to be the favorites in the West.

Kansas City Chiefs (+245)

Last year, Kansas City featured a conservative and highly efficient offense under quarterback Alex Smith. This season could be the opposite, because Mahomes is a far more aggressive passer.

This could lead to plenty of big plays when considering that the Chiefs have weapons like TE Travis Kelce, WR Tyreek Hill, and RB Kareem Hunt. They also added receiver Sammy Watkins in the offseason.

Defensively, coordinator Bob Sutton prefers a bend-but-don’t-break approach. The team rarely stacks the box so that they can prevent deep plays.

Of course, there will be fewer deep plays available for opponents when considering that All-Pro safety Eric Berry is back after an Achilles injury. They also added CB Kendall Fuller to make up for the loss of trading away Marcus Peters.

Coach Andy Reid has gone 16-2 against division opponents over the last three years. It’s difficult to see the Chiefs keeping up with this same win rate in 2018. But they definitely have enough talent to compete for the AFC West title, or at least a Wild Card berth.

Oakland Raiders (+375)

jon-gruden-raiders-give-back-moneyJon Gruden was finally lured out of the booth with a $100 million contract set for 10 years. It’s a good thing that he has a long-term contract, because the team won’t be great in the short-term.

Quarterback Derek Carr is a legitimate franchise player, but he’s going to need more help. Amari Cooper had a terrible 2017 season that included many drops and struggles against press coverage.

Jordy Nelson needs a career revival to succeed in 2018. Martavis Bryant has talent, but doesn’t always give a consistent effort. Running back Marshawn Lynch showed flashes of his old self last season. However, Lynch is getting older and will be on limited touches.

Oakland will lean heavily on All-Pro linebacker Khalil Mack to steady this defense. He and fellow linebacker Bruce Irvin combined for 18.5 sacks last year.

The rest of the front seven is lacking and doesn’t do a great job of rushing the quarterback or stopping runs. This young secondary could also use some work, although 2017 first-round pick Gareon Conley will provide a boost after playing just two games last year.

Gruden is stepping back onto the sidelines after nine seasons out of the coaching game. He doesn’t have a complete roster to make his return a smashing success. The hope is that stars like Mack and Carr can carry this team until the rest of the roster catches up.

Denver Broncos (+450)

von-miller-broncosDenver’s struggles in 2017 started and ended with the quarterback. All three QB’s on their roster started games and ultimately failed.

That said, it’s no wonder why they brought in former Minnesota quarterback Case Keenum to right the ship.

He’s coming off a career year and stands a good chance of success in Denver when considering that they have star receivers Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders. The only problem for both the pass and run game is that the offensive line is subpar.

Defensively, CB Aqib Talib is gone, but Chris Harris and Bradley Roby should do an adequate job of taking his place. Harris is especially notable since he held opponents to only 26 yards receiving per game.

The defense is going to be very good again after holding teams to a league-best 3.3 yards per carry. They also drafted defensive end Bradley Chubb with the fifth overall pick. Chubb and All-Pro linebacker Von Miller will make for a great pass rush.

The Broncos have one of the league’s best defenses, although they didn’t always play consistently last season. Perhaps they’ll benefit from Keenum under center and actually win some field position battles. Overall, though, the Broncos still look like the worst team in a tough division.

AFC East Odds 2018 – Previews & Betting Analysis

Tom BradyThe New England Patriots are once again the cream of the AFC East crop. They’re coming off a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance and are easily the best team in the division.

The Miami Dolphins currently look like the second-best team in a crowded pack behind the Patriots. They return starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, but also lost some important free agents.

Coming off a Wild Card berth, the Buffalo Bills are trying for a second-straight postseason bid. However, it’s hard to see them doing so when considering that they benefited from lucky turnovers and didn’t add much offseason talent.

The New York Jets stand to be better than they were a year ago. They’ll try grooming rookie quarterback Sam Darnold in what looks to be another rebuild.

Keep reading to see odds on the AFC East along with analysis on each team.

2018 Odds on Winning AFC East

You can see in the GBets odds below that the Patriots are easily favored to win the division once again. Keep in mind that these odds are subject to change until the 2018 regular season begins:

  • Buffalo +1200
  • Miami +1000
  • New England -600
  • New York Jets +1200

2018 AFC East Team Previews

New England (-600)

tom-brady-thumb-injury-1Tom Brady may be 41 years old, but he’s still among the NFL’s elite quarterbacks. No. 12 is coming off an MVP campaign and will look to pick up where he left off last season.

New England will be handicapped to start the season when considering that receiver Julian Edelman is serving a four-game suspension.

However, Bill Belichick is a master at game planning for each week. That said, look for the Patriots to feature a short passing game that utilizes the talents of their running backs more frequently. Of course, the Brady-to–Gronk connection will also be seen quite a bit too.

Defensively, New England was the epitome of a bend-but-don’t-break team. They gave up the second most yards per play (5.7), but only allowed the fifth most points per contest (18.5).

Expect the defense to be better this year with the addition of tackle Danny Shelton, and Dont’a Hightower returning from injury. The secondary should also be better after they gained steam over the course of last season.

Overall, the Patriots will benefit from a weak division as well as having Brady and several other key pieces back. It’s completely understandable why they have -600 odds of winning the division right now.

Miami Dolphins (+1000)

Miami Dolphins v Buffalo BillsRyan Tannehill hasn’t played a down of regular season football in over a year and a half. The dolphins are anxious for his return from an ACL injury, given that he was 8-5 in 2016. One thing that will hamper Tannehill’s return is WR Jarvis Landry being traded to the Cleveland Browns.

The running back group leaves much to be desired. Kenyan Drake should play a lot after having some shining moments last season.

But 35-year-old Frank Gore is the closest thing to a backup. It also doesn’t help matters that the offensive line did a poor job of run blocking in 2017.

The Dolphins cut Ndamukong Suh in the offseason to part with his bloated salary. But the defensive line shouldn’t be too bad when considering that they still have good young defensive tackles in Davon Godchaux and Jordan Phillips. DE Robert Quinn was brought in to provide a strong pass-rushing duo along with Cameron Wake.

Corner Xavien Howard has very good coverage skills, while first-round pick Minkah Fitzpatrick and safety Reshad Jones round out a strong secondary. The only real weakness on this defense is the linebackers.

Miami doesn’t have the most-talented group in the AFC East. In fact, coach Adam Gase has made it a point to get rid of top players (Suh, Landry, Mike Pouncey, Jay Ajayi) who don’t fit the team culture. Maybe this clean-house approach will improve Miami, but I don’t see it resulting in a playoff spot.

Buffalo Bills (+1200)

lesean-mccoy-billsThe Bills relied on the run last year, and that won’t change in 2018. New offensive coordinator Brian Daboll also favors a run-heavy approach that will benefit this team.

LeSean McCoy returns as the team’s top rusher. But there’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the domestic violence allegations against him. Furthermore, the offensive line will be missing three starters from the 2017 squad.

Buffalo added former Carolina receiver Kelvin Benjamin in the offseason. However, they still have the division’s worst receiving corp. The passing game will further be hampered by the fact that three young quarterbacks are competing for the top spot.

The Bills’ strength is their secondary, which is led by second year player Tre’Davious White, and safeties Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde. The defensive line wasn’t outstanding last season, but former Panthers tackle Star Lotuelei should give them a boost.

Buffalo vastly exceeded expectations in coach Sean McDermott’s first year by grabbing a postseason berth. Don’t expect this to happen again, though, since the team has even less talent and had some luck go their way in 2017.

New York Jets (+1200)

robby-anderson-jetsThe Jets look to be yet another offensively challenged team in the AFC East. Quarterbacks coach Jeremy Bates takes over as the new offensive coordinator. He’ll work with Josh McCown, Teddy Bridgewater, and Sam Darnold to get something going in the passing game.

Robby Anderson has become a a solid deep threat. The only problem, though, is that there’s not much else to like in the receiving unit.

Isaiah Crowell will be a decent starting running back, while Bilal Powell is one of the league’s best third down backs. Unfortunately, the running game will be held back by a bad offensive line.

Defense is the highlight of this team, even after losing linebacker Demario Davis and DE Muhammad Wilkerson in the offseason. Young players like LB Jordan Jenkins, LB Darron Lee, S Jamal Adams, and S Marcus Maye, and DE Leonard Williams should step up in 2018. They also signed former Rams corner Trumaine Johnson.

Overall, this is still a young team that’s rebuilding. But as Darnold and the defense gain some experience, the Jets could prepare for a strong run in 2019 and beyond.