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Updated AFC East odds: Are Patriots still favorites without Tom Brady?

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Could the AFC East actually be competitive in 2020?

For one of the few times in the last 20 years, that's a question worth asking after Tom Brady announced Tuesday morning he's leaving the New England Patriots.

Assuming Brady doesn't sign with a division rival -- the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Los Angeles Chargers reportedly are his top two suitors -- that's great news for the rest of the AFC East, which has watched the Patriots win 15 of the last 17 division titles under Brady.

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So, which team has a shot at dethroning New England? DraftKings Sportsbook put out new AFC East odds Tuesday -- and the Patriots actually are still favored at -110.

The Buffalo Bills (+150) are the Patriots' only real competitor, but they could make a serious run at the AFC East title after reportedly trading for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs.

The Bills, who went 10-6 and made the Wild Card Round last season, already boast an improving young quarterback in Josh Allen, a strong rushing attack led by Devin Singletary and a stout defense that allowed just 16.2 points per game last season.

Meanwhile, the Patriots' 2020 outlook remains murky, as Bill Belichick must decide whether to roll with second-year QB Jarrett Stidham or pursue a more experienced arm via trade or free agency.

 

What's clear at the moment is that the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins don't pose any real threat in the East.

But for one of the first times in two decades, there's no sure bet to win the division.