New England Patriots: 3 reasons why Bills don’t have AFC East locked up

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ESPN’s experts have all but anointed the Buffalo Bills as AFC East champions for 2021. They should hold their horses. There’s another team around. The New England Patriots are back.

Now don’t take this the wrong way, Buffalo is the AFC East champion, and rightfully so. They were great last season and likely will be really good again.

Buffalo is well-managed and terrifically coached by a personal favorite, Sean McDermott. This guy can flat-out coach. It says here he’d be a super next coach of a certain NE team.

The Bills are smart, talented, and determined, That’s a great combination. But hold your horses (or your chicken wings), because there’s a new sheriff in town, the same as the old sheriff.

The New England Patriots are back and you’d better take notice. They may not be better than ever but they’re going to be very good.

Things have changed and mostly for the better in the 2021 offseason. That’s good news for Patriots fans but not so good for anyone they’ll play this year.

If all this looks like pie-in-the-sky thinking … well, perhaps it is. But maybe, just maybe, it isn’t.

Let’s take a look at three big reasons why this is a new season and a much different one for the New England Patriots and the AFC East.