Experts proclaimed that 2016 was the year where AFC East teams had a chance. The entire division started the year with a 4-game handicap with Tom Brady sitting out from the Deflategate suspension.
Conventional wisdom was that the Patriots would be lucky to split the first four games with unproven Teen Beat sensation Jimmy Garoppolo, and the field in the division would be positioned to at least compete for the division once Brady returned from the suspension.
It sounded like a solid theory, but it didn’t stand up in practice. After 4 weeks, the Patriots are 3 – 0 without Brady, and already have a 2 game division lead, with the Jets, Bills and Dolphins all sit at 1 -2.
A 2 game division lead in Week 3 with Brady set to return next week with a Braveheart vengeance in mind? Call the fight. It’s over. It’s only gonna get worse, or better if you’re from Boston.
In life, you are who you are. The Patriots will always be the Patriots and the AFC East will always be incompetent.
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) September 23, 2016