NFL 2017: Patriots remain power of weak new-look AFC East

The only real question in the AFC East is how early in the season the New England Patriots will clinch the division. Bill Belichick's bunch is again the clear choice, even with Tom Brady losing favorite receiver Julian Edelman for the season with a knee injury. New England has won the AFC East eight straight years, and 13 of the last 14 – with the only stumble coming in 2008, when Brady tore knee ligaments in the season opener.