Full team-by-team predictions for the AFC East in 2022

Josh Allen(Photo by Joshua Bessex/Getty Images)
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1st Place in AFC East: Buffalo Bills

Record Prediction:


Key Departures:

Harrison Phillips (DT), Levi Wallace (CB), Cole Beasley (WR)

Key Arrivals:

Von Miller (OLB), DaQuan Jones (DT), OJ Howard (TE), James Cook (RB)

Last Year’s Results and This Year’s Outlook:

The Buffalo Bills have been and will look to remain as the class of the AFC East. They have been crowned as the division champions in each of the last two seasons, and have not lost a game against the Patriots, Dolphins, or Jets since the final week of the 2019 season. Ever since Josh Allen’s jump into the conversation of elite quarterbacks, the Bills have been utterly dominant in the regular season.

Things went awry during the 2021 postseason, when Buffalo was 13 seconds away from the AFC Championship game before Tyreek Hill and Patrick Mahomes made on-field magic that broke the hearts of Bills fans. There will certainly be a sour taste in the mouths of the players, coaching staff, and the fan base as well entering the 2022 season, and the team’s production could advance even further if they are able to capitalize on that motivation.

Buffalo is one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl in 2022.

Toughest Non-Divisional Games:

Week 1 @ Rams

Week 6 @ Chiefs

Week 17 vs Bengals

How the Miami Dolphins match up:

The Bills have been the thorn in the side of the Miami Dolphins ever since Tom Brady left the division. Buffalo has won the last seven meetings between the two, a dominance that has been responsible for deflating the season for the Dolphins on multiple occasions.

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If Miami hopes to get over the hump and challenge Buffalo for the division, and perhaps even if they just want to lock up that elusive playoff spot, they’ll have to figure out a way to beat the Bills. They may not have to sweep the season series, but they’ll have to prove that they can at least end with a split. The two teams will square off in weeks 3 and 15.