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Despite Marshall deal, Jets team to beat

4/15/2010
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AFC East Is Up For Grabs

Patriots? Jets? Dolphins? NFL Live ponders the AFC East balance of power.

With two major trades in a three-day span and all of the other maneuverings within the AFC East over the past month, the "NFL Live" gang pondered what the division standings will look like at the end of the season.

Despite the Miami Dolphins' acquisition of Brandon Marshall on Wednesday, ESPN analysts Mark Schlereth and Tim Hasselbeck each labeled the New York Jets favorites.

Many thanks to ESPNBoston.com reporter Mike Reiss for transcribing the segment.

Schlereth: "I look at it from a standpoint of, to me, who has the best chance from a roster standpoint to control the line of scrimmage? I look at that and say 'the New York Jets.' Up front, they have a great offensive line. We know they can run the ball. That's what they lived on last year. Defensively, they're strong up front. Do they need another pass rusher? Yes, but the blitzing schemes of Rex Ryan, to me, sets them apart -- but just by a very, very slim margin when you're talking Tom Brady and what the Miami Dolphins have done."

Hasselbeck: "I agree with you on the Jets. The big part is the guys up front, but also what they were able to do on the defensive side of the ball, then bringing in someone like [Antonio] Cromartie, who will complement [Darrelle] Revis. You also have to look at the rest of the division. Wes Welker is most likely going to miss the start to the season. Tom Brady isn't necessarily the same guy when Wes Welker isn't in the lineup. Randy Moss, at times, looked old this past season. You look at the defensive side of the ball, and it's very hard to forget that game against the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs. You look at it that way, and you still consider all the moves the Miami Dolphins made, I still think the Jets would be the team to beat in the AFC East."