Patriots favorites in AFC East 'until somebody beats them — Bills GM

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The shock was not so much related to the fact Brady had at long last made a decision to leave New England after two decades-rumors he had run his race with the Patriots never really went away throughout the whole of last season-but to the fact the Bucs nearly came out of nowhere to overtake all the other potential suitors in the race to sign the six-time Super Bowl champion. With that move, Buffalo coming off of 10-6 season, plus the fact that Brady is no longer in the division, plenty of people out there believe the Bills are the favorites to win the AFC East this year for the first time since 1995. But the Bills also had high hopes for J.P. Losman and EJ Manuel, one-time first-round picks who quickly fizzled. He never quite lived up to those lofty expectations in South Florida. But will they win enough games to be a real contender?

Since then, the Patriots have dominated the division, and the Bills in particular. Oh, and Bledsoe was traded to Buffalo in 2002 and started with the Bills a year after being hit hard but cleanly, and injured by Mo Lewis of the Jets, setting in motion almost 19 years of QB stability for the Patriots. Now having said that, if Beane took a stand and said that his Bills were the new rulers of the AFC East it would have done nothing but instill confidence in his bunch, but that's easier said than done when you've had to watch the team you manage get embarrassed by a rival all these years.

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Winning the AFC East was basically birthright for the Patriots in the Tom Brady era. The onus will now fall on some of the younger members of the passing game like quarterback Jarrett Stidham and wide receiver N'Keal Harry to carry the load. Tannehill is next with 88, followed by Pennington (81). The runner is technically listed as a starter, for what he counts.

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