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Could the Buffalo Bills leap past the Patriots in the AFC East this year?

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Could the Buffalo Bills leap past the Patriots in the AFC East this year?

For 10 straight years, a team that finished last in its division has won the division the following season, with the Redskins accomplishing the feat in 2012. These 10 teams have a chance to extend that streak.

Team (2012 record); Chance of winning division:

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Eagles (4-12); Very likely -- New coach Chip Kelly has the system and players to succeed.

Lions (4-12); Very likely -- Team finished last year third in yardage but only 17th in scoring.

Panthers (7-9); Likely -- Carolina closed last year 5-1, averaging 28.8 points per game.

Cardinals (5-11); Likely -- They open against some soft D’s prior to Weeks 6-7 (SF, Seattle).

Bills (6-10); Likely -- Should show improvement on both sides, while AFC East is in a decline.

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Buccaneers (7-9); Not likely -- Unless the D gets fixed, they won’t slow down Falcons or Saints.

Jets (6-10); Not likely -- Not enough offense, plus the potential for a coaching shakeup.

Browns (5-11); Not likely -- Still too far behind the curve despite a soft nonconference slate.

Chiefs (2-14); Not likely -- It can only get better with a new QB, but Denver won’t give up title.

Jaguars (2-14); No chance -- Check back next year when they’re in the same position -- last.

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