5 Reasons Why the New England Patriots Will Win the AFC East in 2014

5 Reasons Why the New England Patriots Will Win the AFC East in 2014

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Since Tom Brady took over as the starting quarterback of the New England Patriots, the team has won 11 of the last 13 AFC East crowns. They haven’t relinquished the throne since the Brady-less season of 2008. Don’t expect anything different in 2014. Here are five reasons why the Pats will be AFC East champs this season.

5. A Stacked Secondary

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5. A Stacked Secondary

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The biggest splash of the Patriots’ offseason was signing elite corner Darrelle Revis, who will undoubtedly have an immediate impact. In addition, they acquired the 6-foot-4, 221 pound Brandon Browner to provide some beef at the position. The two veterans join a promising young core of defensive backs—Alfonzo Dennard, Logan Ryan, Devin McCourty, and Duron Harmon.

4. Youth Movement on the Offensive Line

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4. Youth Movement on the Offensive Line

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The Patriots took Bryan Stork, Jon Halapio, and Cameron Fleming in May’s draft, bolstering an already-solid offensive line. Stork is the most exciting prospect; he was considered one of the top centers in the nation last season. Ryan Wendell was one of the league’s worst centers in 2013, so Stork stands to be an upgrade.

3. The New York Jets Won't

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3. The New York Jets Won't

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The Jets won’t improve on their 8-8 record from 2013 because they shot themselves in the foot this offseason by signing a handful of washed-up veterans. Michael Vick’s best days are well behind him, Chris Johnson’s 2,000-yard season is a distant memory, Jacoby Ford is unproven, and Dimitri Patterson barely has more career interceptions (nine) than teams he has played for (six) since joining the league in 2005.

2. The Buffalo Bills Won't

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2. The Buffalo Bills Won't

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When Kiko Alonso tore his ACL while working out, the Bills’ chances of unseating the Patriots from the top of the AFC East plummeted. That leaves the Bills without their two best defensive players from last season, as Jairus Byrd departed during free agency. And with concerns surrounding E.J. Manuel’s ability to be a franchise quarterback, this team isn’t quite there yet.

1. The Miami Dolphins Won't

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1. The Miami Dolphins Won't

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News of a Dolphins player missing time in 2014 seems to come out every day. Knowshon Moreno and Mike Pouncey will both be out for at least the first month of the season with injuries, and Dion Jordan is suspended for the first four games of the season for a PED violation. Missing these three main contributors will cripple the Dolphins in September—they play the Patriots in Week 1 and the Chiefs in Week 3.


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