The Buffalo Bills ended a two-decade-long playoff drought in 2017, finishing with a 9-7 record and claiming an AFC wild card berth. But following an array of personnel changes during the off-season, the Bills are pegged as -190 favourites to win under 6.5 games on the NFL 2018 season win totals at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.
The most notable change is the arrival of quarterback Josh Allen, whom the Bills took seventh overall at the 2018 NFL Draft. The 22-year-old is pegged as a -120 wager to start over 10.5 games for Buffalo in 2018 after throwing 16 touchdown passes last season with Wyoming. Allen will likely see action when the Bills open their pre-season schedule against Carolina at home on Saturday as narrow 1-point favourites.
The New England Patriots are once again expected to be the class of the AFC East. Winners of nine straight divisional titles, the Patriots return to action as a strong -155 wager to win over 11.0 games, and as massive -750 chalk on the AFC East futures. Tom Brady, who turns 41 later this week, is back for a 19th NFL campaign and is set as a +400 co-favourite to repeat as the NFL passing yards leader.
The Dolphins should get a lift from the return of quarterback Ryan Tannehill as he makes his return after missing all of 2017 with an injury, while the additions of veterans Danny Amendola and Frank Gore should help improve a Miami offence that ranked 25th in the NFL last season.
Following years of disappointment under center, the Jets will turn over the offence to 2018 third-overall pick Sam Darnold. If Darnold is not ready, the team can fall back on veterans Josh McCown and Teddy Bridgewater. However, the Jets still lack reliable top-flight rushers and receivers, which likely means another long season for football fans in the Big Apple.
Elsewhere in the NFL, the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles are expected to take a step back, listed as -140 favourites to win under 10.5 games, and a losing season could be in the works for the Seattle Seahawks, who own -125 odds of winning under eight games.