AFC East 2017 predictions: Hopeless effort to topple Patriots enters Year 9

The burning question in the AFC East is not whether New England will extend its NFL-record streak of consecutive division titles to nine. It’s whether the Patriots will do so with a perfect record.

On paper, coach Bill Belichick is fielding his most impressive squad since the 2007 Patriots that went 18-0 before they were upset by the Giants in Super Bowl 42. The biggest thing that could keep New England from going on a similar tear is a brutal schedule in the second half of the season that features five of six games away from home and includes quality opponents in Denver, Oakland, Miami and Pittsburgh.

AFC foes must hope New England stumbles enough to open the door for another team to gain home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. If the Patriots are not forced to leave Foxboro in January, their next road trip will be to the Twin Cities for Super Bowl 52.

Stafford had arguably his most effective and efficient season in 2016, his first without Calvin Johnson. Unlucky for the offense that now, for possibly the entire season, they have to do it without tackle Taylor Decker because of offseason shoulder surgery.

A bounce-back by Ameer Abdullah running the ball would help. If rookies Cheap Jerseys On Sale Jarrad Davis and Teez Tabor walk right in and contribute, the defense will be more than good Cheap Kids Baseball Jerseys enough.

The Packers cannot survive with an atrocious defense again this season, particularly in the secondary. Believe they’re better when you see it.

They have plenty of offensive weapons, especially with Martellus Bennett now on board. They don’t need to get into a season’s worth of shootouts, or go through another season where they’re playing for their lives from Thanksgiving on.

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