8. Miami Dolphins (8-8 in 2013)
Is this the year that someone finally ends the Patriots stranglehold on the AFC East? For those who believe so, the Dolphins are the prime candidate to get it done; after all, the Bills and Jets seem too far away from actually being a threat in the division. But it’s hard to believe in a team that is led by Joe Philbin, a guy who has appeared weak and clueless during his tenure in Miami. Plus, it’s hard to put last year’s finish – when the Dolphins scored seven total points in two games with the playoffs on the line – behind them.
7. Baltimore Ravens (8-8 in 2013)
As one of three teams that missed the playoffs in 2013 by a single game, the Ravens don’t exactly have to improve by leaps and bounds to get back into the postseason, a place they’ve perennially been with John Harbaugh as their head coach. But something just feels off about this season. Perhaps it’s the Ray Rice situation during the offseason. Maybe it’s the misguided hope that Steve Smith is the answer to their offensive weapon woes. But for some reason, Baltimore feels like the team going backwards in the AFC North.