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Morning take: Wins for Patriots?

4/18/2012

Here are the most interesting stories Wednesday morning in the AFC East:

  • Now that the 2012 schedule is out, how many wins will the New England Patriots get next season?

Morning take: Injuries can always play a factor. But otherwise it's hard to see New England winning fewer than 11 or 12 games with the league's easiest schedule. The division appears virtually gift-wrapped next season.

Morning take: As my ESPN colleague Rich Cimini mentioned, the first five games could be rough for starting quarterback Mark Sanchez. A brutal defensive slate against Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Miami, San Francisco and Houston could have fans screaming for Tim Tebow if things don't go well.

Morning take: The Bills have to get to December first. Buffalo starts the year with six road games in the first nine weeks. If the Bills don’t take care of business early, the home stretch won't matter.

Morning take: Expectations are low for Miami, so this isn't a surprise. Miami has a lot of work to do to prove the doubters wrong and try to get more national games in the future.