Once upon a time in the era of Brady, the New England Patriots ruled the AFC East liked a ruthless dictator. Four teams played, but in reality it was a one-team division.
From 2009-19 the Patriots of Bill Belichick-Tom Brady won 11 consecutive division championships and sprinkled in three Super Bowl titles. After Brady's arrival in Foxboro in 2000, New England won the AFC East an almost unfathomable 17 times in 20 seasons.
But in 2020 the iconic quarterback left, and took New England's dynasty with him. With his departure and the rise of Josh Allen, the AFC East now belongs to the Buffalo Bills.
While the Patriots haven't won a playoff game since Brady left, the Bills have won the last two division titles and are heavy favorites to win again in 2022 along with being a trendy Super Bowl pick out of the AFC.
If the changing of the guard was in question, last January's 47-17 dominating playoff victory over the Patriots in Orchard Park answered it ... with a resounding exclamation point. The Bills set an NFL playoff record by scoring a touchdown on all seven possessions and sent New England into a long, cold offseason of reflection about a second-year quarterback without enough weapons and a defense that completely ran out of gas after December.
Armed with what many experts believe is the best roster in the NFL, the Bills are favored in every game this season except two: The Week 1 opener at the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams and a Week 6 playoff rematch against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium.
As a trendy Super Bowl pick out of the AFC, the coach Sean McDermott's Bills are obviously to again run through the East. Buffalo is favored to sweep the Patriots, Dolphins and Jets, with New England staked an 8-to-1 longshot to sweep Buffalo.
A look at this season's AFC East betting projections:
Bills vs. Dolphins
Buffalo Win 2-0 -105
Series Tied 1-1 +140
Dolphins Win 2-0 +600
Bills vs. Jets
Buffalo Win 2-0 -210
Series Tied 1-1 +200
Jets Win 2-0 +1400
Bills vs. Patriots
Buffalo Win 2-0 -130
Series Tied 1-1 +150
Patriots Win 2-0 +800