The AFC East has been owned by the New England Patriots throughout the past decade. Since 2001, the Patriots have not finished with a share of the best record in the division. Judging by the overall talent of the division, it doesn't seem like that streak will end in 2012.
The Patriots come back loaded as ever (and we'll get to that), but it's the other teams that could make the AFC East the weakest division in football.
There are weak offenses in New York and Miami, and the Buffalo Bills are not sexy picks that could take down the empire that is Belichick & Brady Incorporated.
The East may be a one-team race, but here's a look at who could surprise and finish second in a division that could be wrapped up before Thanksgiving.