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Patriots vs. Bills: Why Buffalo Is the Team to Beat in the AFC East

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 18:  Fred Jackson #22 of the Buffalo Bills scores Buffalo's third touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Orchard Park, New York. Buffalo won 38-35.  (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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Matt KingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2011

Get out your L.A. Lights and your Vanilla Ice album, because it's apparently the early 90's all over again. The Buffalo Bills are now the team to beat in the AFC East.

Chris Berman must be ecstatic. Nobody circles the wagons like the Buffalo Bills, and it looks like they might be in a pretty good position to circle this year after they won a hard-fought battle against the New England Patriots to start the season 3-0.

This game may have signaled the official changing of the guard for the division. As good as the Pats have looked lately, this game accentuated their inability to stop anybody. And with Brady throwing as many INTs as he did all of last year, this did not look like a team ready to compete for a Super Bowl.

On the flip side, how impressive do the Bills look? Ryan Fitzpatrick is all of a sudden a golden armed gunslinger, Fred Jackson might be the best RB in the league right now and Buffalo has a bonafied star WR in Stevie Jackson.

I don't think we can start crowning the Bills just yet. They too have shown that they have a tough time stopping people on defense (except for the Chiefs, but they don't count). Still, with their next game against the Bengals and then the overrated Eagles who may not have Michael Vick, it's totally possible that Buffalo could start their season 5-0.

The Dolphins look like a mess and the Jets haven't looked solid on offense yet all year. A 5-0 start means that the rest of the division will no doubt be playing catch-up for a little while and, in my mind, that makes the Bills the team to beat.

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