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AFC East Q&A: Who has the best pass rush?

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Best pass rush in the AFC East.

Can any team in the AFC East challenge Buffalo in the pass-rush department? ESPN NFL Insider Dan Graziano breaks it down.

Today's question: Which AFC East team will have the best pass rush? The Buffalo Bills led the NFL in sacks in 2014, but there's plenty of competition within the division.

James Walker, Miami Dolphins: It is close between the Bills and New York Jets, because each team has playmakers throughout the front seven. But the Rex Ryan factor makes me lean toward Buffalo. The Bills led the NFL with 54 sacks in 2014 -- and I wouldn't be surprised if their defense is even more aggressive this season. Ryan will add some complicated blitz schemes that he brought from the Jets, and he has athletic playmakers such as Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes at his disposal. I've watched Ryan's Jets and Ravens defenses in person for years, and it is still difficult for me to predict where his blitzes are coming from pre-snap. Ryan is very good at disguising, and that element will add more to an already stellar pass rush.

Mike Reiss, New England Patriots: In a close call, I'll go with the Miami Dolphins. With Ndamukong Suh and Earl Mitchell pushing the pocket and Cameron Wake and Olivier Vernon attacking off the edges, that's a nice combination in the 4-3 scheme. Wake, specifically, has given the Patriots fits and last year's season opener (two sacks) is a prime example of how he can disrupt a game. The Jets and Bills are both worthy, and I wouldn't be surprised if the Patriots' revamped front generates their fair share of heat, but Miami gets my vote because I think Suh is the most dominant defensive tackle in the division and Wake the most explosive edge rusher.

Rich Cimini, New York Jets: I think the Jets will overtake the Bills for most sacks in the division. The Jets replaced one pressure-oriented coach (Rex Ryan) with another (Todd Bowles), so they will be just as aggressive as they were last season, perhaps more so. The Jets finished with 45 sacks last season, and that was with a lousy secondary. With the additions of Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie at corner, the Jets will rack up more coverage sacks than before. Unlike the Bills, Dolphins and Patriots, the Jets don't have a pure edge rusher, but they have a couple of standout interior rushers: Muhammad Wilkerson and, when he's available, Sheldon Richardson. The Bills will be tough again, but they had career years in 2014 from Mario Williams and Marcell Dareus. I question whether they'll get another 24.5 sacks between them; that's a big number. Ndamukong Suh will help the Dolphins, but not enough to take the "crown."