For the past two decades, the safest bet in sports was for the to win their division. Not anymore.
The Patriots have owned the AFC East. Since the turn of the century, New England has won 17 AFC East titles. But with Tom Brady in Tampa, this division is as open as it has ever been.
The Bills are coming off a playoff appearance, the Dolphins are building a talented young team, the Jets are looking to prove they are better than last year’s record, and the Pats replaced their Super Bowl-winning QB with a former league MVP. Because of course they did.
The conference is not as top-heavy as it used to be. And there is a case to be made for every team but Miami to win the division this year.