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Did Patriots clinch AFC East this week?

Ryan Hannable
August 12, 2017 - 10:45 am

The Patriots have only played one preseason game, but they may have already clinched the AFC East.

Just look at the events which took place this week in the division.

— The Jets were already a dumpster fire and then placed top wide out Quincy Enunwa on injured reserve. 

— It was a tough week for the Dolphins as they made the decision to put quarterback Ryan Tannehill on injured reserve as he needs reconstructive knee surgery. Miami signed Jay Cutler and he will now be their starting quarterback.

— The Bills made a significant move Friday indicating a priority being placed on the future. Buffalo traded its top wide receiver, Sammy Watkins, and its top cornerback, Ronald Darby, to the Rams and Eagles. In exchange, the Bills acquired Eagles wide receiver Jordan Matthews, Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines, as well as second and third-round picks in 2018.

On paper, New England has one of its best teams in years and people are already discussing them going 19-0. Looking at the rest of the division, it’s really hard to see any other team finishing with a record better than .500, or 9-7 at best.

The Jets will be one of the worst teams in football. The Bills were mediocre at best, but then traded away two of their better players, and then the Dolphins were the second-best team in the division, but with Cutler as their quarterback now who knows what will happen.

Even if a lot goes wrong for the Patriots this year, it’s still hard to imagine a scenario where they do not win the division.

Yes, it’s the middle of August, but it already seems like the Patriots have clinched another AFC East title.

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