By Eric Schmidt

We are just hours away from kickoff for the first game of the 2012 NFL regular season. I have been compiling information over the last few weeks and after watching over 50 preseason games, I am rolling out my predictions for the season starting with the AFC East. The division winner in the AFC East should not be in question this season as the Jets and Dolphins struggle to find an identity.

New England Patriots 12-4

Pete Prisco of CBS Sports has predicted that the Patriots will go 16-0 this year. Have you seen the offensive line play? You can beat the Patriots if you get to QB Tom Brady. New England will put up serious offensive points this season, but has the defense made the needed adjustments to get to the next level? Can Bill Belichick advance once again to the Big Game without a legitimate running game and a questionable offensive line?

Buffalo Bills 10-6

I liked the Bills last season and with their additions this year, I like them even more. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was sharp early on last year before suffering a rib injury as the season wore on. The Bills should field one of the most formidable defensive fronts in the NFL this season. The NFC North and AFC East are recipients of the easiest schedules this season and the Bills will benefit, bringing a playoff berth back to Western New York this season.

New York Jets 7-9

Jets head coach Rex Ryan has stated that he isn’t worried about his job after this season, but he should be. I love Ryan, he’s great for material, but his team is lacking on the field. The addition of Tebow on the field and a very brutal early schedule has the recipe for trainwreck all over it.

Miami Dolphins 4-12

Rookie QB Ryan Tannehill will be starting under center for the Dolphins this season. The Dolphins have done little to surround the young signal caller with any offensive weapons. RB Reggie Bush has told the media that he plans to lead the league in rushing this season. Ummm, temper that thought.

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