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NFL Divisions: AFC East Preview

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Jan 13, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; The AFC East championship years for the New England Patriots are etched into the side of a grill before the AFC divisional round playoff game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, football fans, you can all let out a collective sigh of relief. Football season is around the corner.

Finally.

And in celebration of that very fact, I think it’s time we take a look at some of the divisional competition. For the last ten straight years, a last place team has risen to win the division and make the playoffs. Will this season make 11? Will the Ravens be able to defend their AFC reign, and more importantly, their championship status? Each edition in this series at Stripe Hype will feature a division. Let’s start by looking at the AFC EAST.
The Patriots may have Tom Brady throwing himself the football this year. Following the trade of Wes Welker, losing Gronkowski repeatedly to injuries, and Hernandez’ arrest, the Patriots don’t necessarily look primed to remain AFC favorites.

Still, take a glimpse around the rest of the division.

The Jets are in the midst of a complete franchise overhaul, as the quarterback competition continues to draw the most attention. It will likely be at least another year before they can become a potential playoff threat. Don’t count them out for the Wild Card next year though.

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