The Season is so close we can smell it!!!!
The competition opens with a bang in pre-season as our very own Bills test your strength and play the Steelers Game 3 of 5 for the Bills @ Pitt 7:30PM, Sat. Aug 16
The first time we see a real AFCE vs AFCN game is Sunday, Oct 5 on National TV, 8:30PM, Patriots host the Bengals. The two division winners may give us an early idea of how this division will fare in 2014
Followed by the Steelers visiting MetLife Stadium for a good old fashioned beating, Steelers@Jets, Sunday Nov 9 @1PM. Steelers and the Jets were very even last season, and this game may decide if one or the other can be in the WC.
Game 3 is a Classic, this game should tell us a lot as both teams will be playing their 12th game. Can one or both still be in the playoff hunt? Or will both teams be looking for a new manager by then. The Pettine Bowl in Buffalo, Cleveland@Bills, Sunday Nov 30 @ 1pm
Last but not least we match up two very disappointing teams from a year ago. One was guaranteed a playoff spot (as the SB champs), the other raped the league of its talents with a boat load of cash. Will this be the season both rebound and make it to the post season? Game 13 for both teams, Ravens@Dolphins, Sunday Dec 7 @1pm
How the ESPN “EXPERT” writers see our teams this season
|7-9||It doesn’t matter when the Bills play their games this season. They need EJ Manuel to be their solution at quarterback and until he proves that, it’s hard to predict anything more than a one-game improvement over last season’s 6-10 record. — Mike Rodak|
|8-8||The Dolphins got better in the offseason, but their strength of schedule is 12th in the NFL. Miami’s roster isn’t finalized until the NFL draft, so I’m going to play it safe for now at .500 until I see the entire 2014 team up close and personal in training camp. — James Walker|
|11-5||There is confidence in projecting double-digit wins based on the Patriots’ standing as the top team in the AFC East (six of 16 games). Looking at the present snapshot, road games at Indianapolis, San Diego, Kansas City and Green Bay contribute to this being viewed as one of the team’s more challenging schedules in recent years. — Mike Reiss|
|8-8||The Jets added new pieces on offense, but quarterback remains a question mark. The pass defense is suspect and they face five of the top six passing offenses from a year ago in Weeks 2-6. — Rich Cimini|
|10-6||The Ravens still have the look of an 8-8 team, although a lot can happen in the draft. What really helps the Ravens is playing against the AFC South and NFC South, two of the weaker divisions in the league. The Ravens could face three teams starting rookie quarterbacks (Houston, Jacksonville and Cleveland), which will inflate the win total. — Jamison Hensley|
|10-6||Because of how weak the Bengals’ strength of schedule is — 23rd — it’s hard to think they’ll have anything worse than a nine-win season. With a rather favorable mix of challenging prime-time home games and a few lengthy stretches of home and road games (they play three straight at home across October and November before going on the road for three straight in November), 10 wins are possible for the Bengals. — Coley Harvey|
|6-10||The Browns have made some improvements, but until the draft and until we see Brian Hoyer play, it’s tough to say they’re greatly improved. The schedule appeared favorable until the dates were released, but it’s tough to be overly positive about a team that has not given reason for optimism for 15 years. — Pat McManamon|
|10-6||The schedule is favorable with only one game out of the Eastern time zone and only two road contests against teams that had a winning record last season. The offense will carry a defense that is in transition and the Steelers will return to the playoffs after missing it in consecutive seasons for the first time under coach Mike Tomlin. — Scott Brown|