- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The New England Patriots are still seething after coming up short in last week's AFC Championship Game. But although the Patriots are not the best team in the conference, they remain by far the best team in the division.
So which AFC East team is the biggest threat to catch the Patriots and close the gap in 2013? New England is the gold standard in the division, while the other three teams are all working to catch the AFC East champs.
Will it be the Miami Dolphins? Miami won seven games last year with a budding rookie quarterback in Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins have more than $40 million in cap room and 10 draft picks. That's plenty of capital to get better. Will the Dolphins be ready to push the Patriots in 2013?
What about the Buffalo Bills? This is a team in transition next season under new head coach Doug Marrone. Buffalo will have a new offense, a new defense and potentially a new quarterback. Can all the changes lead to a changing of the guard for the Bills?
Finally, we have the New York Jets. Head coach Rex Ryan will return for his fifth season and is joined by new general manager John Idzik. New York has to tear down its roster to get under the salary cap and also will consider trading elite cornerback Darrelle Revis. Will the Jets have enough to compete with the Patriots in 2013?
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on the biggest threat to New England next season in the AFC East. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.