3 reasons Cam Newton won’t make the playoffs in 2020

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Carolina Panthers Reason No. 2: AFC East rising

Another complication facing Cam Newton and the New England Patriots in 2020 is the emergence of other teams in the AFC East. This is a division that the organization has dominated in no uncertain terms over the last two decades. But this will be their stiffest test yet in pursuit of holding on to their title.

The Buffalo Bills come into the season on the back of a playoff appearance. And they looked in complete control of their wildcard matchup against the Houston Texans at one stage.

They have further bolstered their roster with the arrivals of former Carolina Panthers duo Mario Addison and Vernon Butler on defense. And the Bills made a bold move to give up a substantial amount to acquire prolific wide receiver Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings.

This leaves them with more than a good chance of another postseason appearance and the AFC East title. Quarterback Josh Allen showed tremendous promise last time out and big things are expected with more talent around him in 2020.

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The Miami Dolphins are a team that could also make significant strides next season. The organization had a very strong draft that saw them take their franchise quarterback of the future in former Alabama standout Tua Tagovialoa at No. 5 overall.

Although the signal-caller is not expected to start right away given his injury problems. It does not detract from just what an improved roster this has become during the offseason. A lot is going to come down to how they come together in a short space of time. But they represent a potential problem that Newton and Patriots must overcome.

The New York Jets come into the campaign with plenty of uncertainty. So this represents a good chance for New England to get a pair of wins for their overall total.