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Will New England Patriots Be as Dominant in AFC East This Season?

Matt SchmelzlenContributor IApril 10, 2008

Simply put, the answer is no. With all the offseason moves the past few months, the New England Patriots will likely seem more human and more beatable than ever.

Although the Patriots ended up retaining Randy Moss, the loss of Dante Stallworth will prove to be a tough one, especially when facing teams that feature a good pass rush and strong secondary.

Defensively, the Patriots are in shambles. Losing Asante Samuel to the Eagles and Randall Gay to the Saints creates a void that will be tough to fill. The rest of the Patriots defense needs help too because, let's face it, they're not getting any younger.

Internal problems aren't the only thing the Patriots need to look out for in 2008, either. Both the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets were busy in the offseason, bolstering their defense and offensive line respectively.

Adding Marcus Stroud and Kawika Mitchell to a defense is sure to bring grief to opposing offenses.

The Buffalo Bills' last season rode on the back of their defense and special teams. Offense was an issue the Bills had last year, one that they look to address with an early first round pick in the NFL Draft later this month.

The New York Jets beefed up the offensive line in hopes of giving Chad Pennington, Kellen Clemens, or a new face better protection. They also signed Calvin Pace from the Cardinals to fill the void left by Jonathan Vilma's departure to the Saints, and Bubba Franks to give the quarterback another tight end option.

With all the comings and goings and the beefing up of competition within the division, the AFC East should prove to be more intriguing this coming season.

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