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Can Anyone Break Patriots’ Bullying the AFC East? Not This Year

Larry Csonka

The AFC East is one of the NFL’s storied divisions. Remember 1972 when the Miami Dolphins went undefeated? Some veterans of that team say the ’73 team was even better.

Remember the 1968 New York Jets, with Joe Namath, Emerson Boozer, Don Maynard? Their Super Bowl win over the highly favored Baltimore Colts cemented Namath’s cocky reputation and brought legitimacy to the old AFL. If the Jets had lost, would the NFL look like it does today?

Or how about those great Buffalo teams with Jim Kelly at quarterback, Thurman Thomas at running back and other greats like Bruce Smith and James Lofton? They went to four straight Super Bowls. Of course, they lost them all, but they ruled the regular seasons for all those years.

Now, it’s a division that’s been completely dominated and steamrolled by the New England Patriots, who have won 10 of the past 12 division titles. The Patriots are the mighty U.S. fighting forces in full combat mode; the rest of the division is a tiny, third-world militia cowering before New England firepower.

This preview and analysis of the AFC East is the first in a series of eight such previews, leading us up to the season opener on September 5. Comments are welcome.

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