Around The AFC East: Sizing Up Patriots’ Competition

August 8, 2012 12:00 AM
Around The AFC East: Sizing Up Patriots’ Competition
" BOSTON (CBS) — The AFC East has belonged to the Patriots in eight of the last nine seasons and 10 of the last 12 seasons, and this year, it remains New England’s division to lose.

With a revamped receiving corps and an influx of youth and power on the defensive side of the ball, and with the duo of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick still operating at full speed, the Patriots enter the 2012 NFL season once again as prohibitive favorites to win their division.

Sportsbook lists the Pats’ odds of winning the East this year at -400. The next team? That would be the Jets listed at +600. The Bills have just slightly worse odds (+700) and the Dolphins (+1200) aren’t given much of a shot at all.

Still, the football season is never determined in August, and no team is immune to injuries, bad calls and bad luck. So while the Patriots may look ready for 12-win season and a first-round bye, you just never know.

What you can know, though, is the competition "

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