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Possibly the weakest division in an overall weak AFC. The Dolphins are a hot pick, I just don’t see it. Even the Patriots of 2013 are not the Patriots of year’s past. In any other division, I would have the Patriots finishing 2nd at best. There are a lot of question marks in the AFC East: Can Brady and Belichick continue their dominance with an entirely new group of receivers? Are the Dolphins actually contenders, or just big offseason spenders? Can the Bills get anything from anyone not named Spiller? Can the Jets win a game?

Jan 20, 2013; Foxboro, MA, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick (right) talks with quarterback Tom Brady (12) during the first quarter of the AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

New England Patriots

2012 Record: 12-4; 1st Place

2013 Prediction: 12-4

Confidence in Pick: 75%

Losses: Wes Welker, Aaron Hernandez, Brandon Loyd, Deion Branch

Pickups: Adrian Wilson (placed on I.R.), Tim Tebow( released), Danny Amendola