It was a disappointing finish for the Miami Dolphins last year. Needing only one win in the final two games against their division foes to make the playoffs, the Dolphins managed to score only seven combined points and lose both games. Ryan Tannehill played poorly in each of those contests. The Dolphins were in the middle of the pack on defense, but their offense was below average. The Dolphins dealt with a ton of adversity, including the incognito and Martin issue. Their offensive line was never stable and it affected how this offense played. Mike Wallace didn't live up to his expectations after getting a monster contract in the offseason. They improved their offensive line this offseason by drafting Ja'Wuan James and acquiring Branden Albert from the Chiefs. Also, the Dolphins added some defensive talent including Earl Mitchell, Louis Delmas, and Cortland Finnegan. This team has the talent to make a run in the AFC and should challenge in the AFC East. With that said, I just don't know if Tannehill is enough to get this team over the hump and into the playoffs.
The first team I will discuss in our 32 teams in 32 days is the Buffalo Bills. The Bills finished 6-10 last year, which was last in the AFC East. Their defense was 28th against the run, but 4th against the pass. On offense, the Bills were only behind the Philadelphia Eagles in rushing yards, but struggled mightily passing the football, ranking 28th in the league. EJ Manuel is going into his second season as this teams starting quarterback. They added Sammy Watkins and Mike Williams and will be returning Robert Woods, who should improve from his rookie season. The addition of Watkins itself should help this passing attack tremendously, as he is supposed to become the next great receiver in the NFL. Although the offense may have improved from last season, the biggest move in free agency for this team was letting Jairus Byrd walk. Byrd had four interceptions last year and was the anchor to this secondary. While the Bills may improved on offense, they certainly got worse on defense. In my opinion the East is one of the stronger divisions in the AFC. Also, I'm not big on quarterback EJ Manuel and I believe despite the weapons he has for his sophomore season, I think Manuel will struggle this season leaving questions by seasons end whether he is the answer at quarterback. The schedule doesn't set up well for early success for this Bills team and I don't see them recovering.