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Gil Brandt believes that the Buffalo Bills are the biggest threat to taking the AFC East crown from the New England Patriots.

Gil Brandt believes that the Bills are New England's greatest threat in 2016.

The Buffalo Bills finished the 2015 season with an 8-8 record. Buffalo's offense which improved significantly under Greg Roman will be returning their starters and their only notable loss was Chris Hogan. On defense, the Bills addressed depth in free agency and added some really talented pieces in the draft such as Shaquille LawsonReggie Ragland, and Adolphus Washington. If this trio can help improve the overall performance of Buffalo's defense from 2015, the Bills could make some noise in the AFC and perhaps finally end their playoff drought.

Gil Brandt, a NFL.com media analyst, believes that Buffalo is New England's greatest threat in 2016. In an article discussing which team could unseat division champions from 2015, Brandt selected the Bills over the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins. Here is what Brandt said about the Bills and New England Patriots:

The Patriots' spot here is based almost entirely on the four-game suspension Tom Brady is expected to serve to start the season -- if not for that, they'd definitely be No. 8 on this list. They do catch a break in that three of their first four games are at home, though they have to go to Arizona to open the season. Dion Lewis (who went on injured reserve in early November) should be back, while Martellus Bennett was added to an aerial attack that already included premier tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Julian Edelman. Also, the team brought back retired offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia to fix a troublesome unit that was bedeviled by injuries in 2015. Backup quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo simply hasn't played very much, making him hard to evaluate -- meaning there will be a relative wild card under center for the first quarter of the season.

This is another division that made improvements from top to bottom, with three potential challengers to the Pats. The Bills did a lot to help themselves, extending left tackle Cordy Glenn and coming away with an impressive draft haul. Still, Brady or no, it's not wise to bet against Bill Belichick, who simply finds ways to win. I expect New England to ultimately capture its eighth consecutive division title.

Although Brandt still expects the Patriots to win the division, he sees the Bills with the best chance of taking the division crown from New England.

Do you agree with Brandt or do you think the Jets or Dolphins are in a better spot to unseat the Patriots?


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