2014 AFC East Schedule Breakdown

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Monday, September 1st, 2014 | 0

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The New England Patriots have long had a stranglehold on the AFC East division, and with the New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills all struggling to catch up to the Pats in terms of talent, that trend should continue in 2014.

New England may be built to take on the toughest teams in the NFL, but the other three will be met with extreme resistance throughout much of 2014 based on the AFC East’s strength of schedule this year.

It isn’t the hardest set of lineups in the league, but it’s far from the easiest. Let’s take a look at how the AFC East schedules break down this year.

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New England Patriots:

The Patriots are once again set to rule the roost in the East. According to ESPN, they’ll play the league’s 10th-hardest schedule this year, and trips to Kansas City, Indianapolis, San Diego, and Green Bay will certainly be no picnic. But they should demolish their division rivals once again, giving them a clear path to the playoffs and a shot at yet another Super Bowl birth in 2014. With Bill Belichick and Tom Brady at the helm, you can never count out the Pats.

Patriots Regular-Season Schedule (all times Eastern)
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 7, at Miami, 1 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 14, at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21, Oakland, 1 p.m.
Week 4: Monday, Sept. 29, at Kansas City, 8:30 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5, Cincinnati, 8:30 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12, at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Thursday, Oct. 16, NY Jets, 8:25 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 26, Chicago, 1 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2, Denver, 4:25 p.m.
Week 10: BYE
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 16, at Indianapolis, 8:30 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23, Detroit, 1 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Nov. 30, at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7, at San Diego, 8:30 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14, Miami, 1 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 21, at NY Jets, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28, Buffalo, 1 p.m.

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New York Jets:

Jets head coach Rex Ryan is almost certainly coaching for his job this year, and he’ll be fighting an uphill battle while doing so. His fate rests on the shoulders of second year quarterback Geno Smith, and that’s a tenuous position to be in at best. The Jets added star running back Chris Johnson from the Titans, but the wheels may be falling off the CJ2K bus. With offense a major question mark in New York this year, the Jets are going to struggle with the 9th-hardest schedule in the NFL.

Jets Regular-Season Schedule
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 7, Oakland, 1 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 14, at Green Bay, 4:25 p.m.
Week 3: Monday, Sept. 22, Chicago, 8:30 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 28, Detroit, 1 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5, at San Diego, 4:25 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12, Denver, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Thursday, Oct. 16, at New England, 8:25 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 26, Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2, at Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 9, Pittsburgh, 1 p.m.
Week 11: BYE
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23, at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Week 13: Monday, Dec. 1, Miami, 8:30 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7, at Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14, at Tennessee, 4:05 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 21, New England, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28, at Miami, 1 p.m.

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Miami Dolphins:

The Dolphins could be an up-and-coming force in the AFC East, but they’re not going to challenge the Patriots’ supremacy just yet. Maturing quarterback Ryan Tannehill showed flashes of brilliance last year, but he also had moments of purely erratic play. He’ll have to continue his evolution and develop a rapport with the NFL’s highest paid receiver in Mike Wallace if the Dolphins want to make the league’s 12th-hardest schedule succeed. Trips into Denver, New England, Chicago, and Detroit will be the toughest games on their list.

Dolphins Regular-Season Schedule
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 7, New England, 1 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 14, at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 21, Kansas City, 4:25 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Sept. 28, at Oakland, 1 p.m. (in London)
Week 5: BYE
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12, Green Bay, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 19, at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 26, at Jacksonville, 1 p.m.
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 2, San Diego, 1 p.m.
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 9, at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Week 11: Thursday, Nov. 13, Buffalo, 8:25 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23, at Denver, 4:25 p.m.
Week 13: Monday, Dec. 1, at NY Jets, 8:30 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7, Baltimore, 1 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14, at New England, 1 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 21, Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28, NY Jets, 1 p.m.

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Buffalo Bills:

The Bills have a ton of young talent on both sides of the ball, but they till have a very long way to go to be considered playoff contenders. Second year quarterback EJ Manuel is most likely in a make-or-break season as he attempts to prove he’s worthy of his first round price tag. Buffalo traded up to get touted wide receiver Sammy Watkins in May’s draft, and they have a solid corps of running backs, but the Bills are going to be inconsistent in 2014. With the 10th-hardest schedule in the league, the Bills will be overmatched when they head into Chicago, Detroit, Denver, and New England.

Bills Regular-Season Schedule
Week 1: Sunday, Sep. 7, at Chicago, 1 p.m.
Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 14, Miami, 1 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 21, San Diego, 1 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Sep. 28, at Houston, 1 p.m.
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 5, at Detroit, 1 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 12, New England, 1 p.m.
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 19, Minnesota, 1 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 26, at NY Jets, 1 p.m.
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 9, Kansas City, 1 p.m.
Week 11: Thursday, Nov. 13, at Miami, 8:25 p.m.
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 23, NY Jets, 1 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Nov. 30, Cleveland, 1 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 7, at Denver, 4:05 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 14, Green Bay, 1 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday, Dec. 21, at Oakland, 4:25 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Dec. 28, at New England, 1 p.m.

About the Author

Both an avid NFL fan and analyst, I’ve been following professional football since the late 1980s. I’m also an avid fantasy football player with several league victories under my belt. Check out my NFL articles on TSM for the latest NFL news, highlights, predictions, and more.



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