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MusketFire.com: Can Any AFC East Team Challenge New England?

With two Super Bowl victories in three years and 14 of the last 16 AFC East titles (including eight consecutive), the Patriots remain the cream of their division. However, the Miami Dolphins (a playoff team last year), the New York Jets (double-digit victories in 2015), and the Buffalo Bills (in the playoff hunt the past three seasons) have not sat quietly. But have they done enough to end the New England Patriots’ stranglehold on the AFC East? Can they end the eight year run of consecutive AFC East championships? Is there a legitimate contender to the Patriots in the AFC East this season? Let’s check-in on the competition in the AFC East and catch-up with what each team has done to try and catch the Patriots in 2017.



New England Patriots: Can Any AFC East Team Challenge New England?
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Resetting the New England Patriots’ post-free agency needs - Cover32

The New England Patriots have made a number of moves in free agency and via trades to improve their Super Bowl championship roster. However, there is still work to do be done before next season begins. After all the moves so far this offseason, the Patriots are still in the market for a lead running back, interior offensive line help, possibly a backup quarterback, cornerback depth, and an edge rusher. Resetting the New England Patriots’ post-free agency needs - Cover32

MusketFire.com New England Patriots: Reviewing the Offseason Moves

The New England Patriots have taken the Bill Belichick creed of "No Days Off" to heart this offseason re-upping key players on defense and adding key players in free agency and via trade to upgrade a team coming off a Super Bowl victory. Here is a recap of all the moves made, who was allowed to leave, and what's next.New England Patriots: Reviewing the Offseason Moves

MusketFire.com: New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons: 5 Matchups to Watch in Super Bowl 51

The New England Patriots will win or lose in Super Bowl 51 against the Atlanta Falcons based on whether they can win the individual matchups on both sides of the ball. Whether the New England secondary can control Julio Jones from making big plays, if the Patriots quartet of pass rushers can disrupt quarterback Matt Ryan, whether Atlanta's edge rushers can create pressure, if Julian Edelman and Chris Hogan can expose the inexperienced Atlanta secondary, and more will determine who is hoisting the Lombardi Trophy on Sunday night.



New England Patriots vs Atlanta Falcons: 5 Matchups to Watch in Super Bowl 51

Patriots' offensive line key to victory on Sunday | Cover32

The New England Patriots lost the AFC Championship game last season in Denver due to an offensive line which was under-manned and over-matched.

This year, the offensive line has been a strength rather than a weakness and will face a motivated Steelers' defense.

The offensive line struggled against Houston in pass protection last week in the Divisional round and needs to stand strong tonight.



Patriots' offensive line key to victory on Sunday | Cover32

MusketFire: New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Matchups to Watch

Get ready for Sunday night as the New England Patriots play in a record sixth consecutive AFC Championship game. The Patriots welcome the Pittsburgh Steelers to Foxboro to battle for the right to play in Super Bowl 51.

The game will determined by the key players--whether superstar or unknown player--in the key matchups. Here are the top five matchups to match which will determine if the Patriots or the Steelers represent the AFC in Houston in two weeks.

Read much more here: New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers: 5 Matchups to Watch

New England Patriots Fans' Anger Misplaced when Directed at Roger Goodell

It is time for all New England Patriots fans to put aside their ridiculous hatred of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

Since the 2014 AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts when the entire “deflategate” saga began, New England Patriots fans and the local media have made Roger Goodell “Public Enemy Number One” throughout New England.

While there has been no doubt that there is plenty of evidence from the past two years that the NFL league offices do not care for the continued success of the New England Patriots, the New England Patriots fans have a bad case of misplaced anger.

Whether it has been ESPN and Sports Illustrated providing the information, it is clear that many NFL league owners have pressured Goodell into severely punishing the Patriots as a make up for not punishing them severely enough for the so-called Spygate incident.

Although the Patriots have lost two first-round draft picks in punishment for these so-called cheating scandals, these penalties imposed upon …