NFL Notebook: Ranking the Patriots’ biggest challengers in the AFC

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

As NFL teams are set to open up training camps this week, let's look back over the offseason to see what the Patriots' rivals have been up in the AFC, assess why they aren't or are a threat, and rank each team's shot at taking down the three-time defending champions in the AFC.


2018 record, finish: 6-10
Key losses: LB Brandon Marshall, OC Matt Paradis, OLB Shaq Barrett, CB Bradley Roby, OL Billy Turner, S Darian Stewart
Key additions: HC Vic Fangio, OL coach Mike Munchak, QB Joe Flacco, OT Ju'Wuan James, DB Kareem Jackson, CB Bryce Callahan, TE Noah Fant, QB Drew Lock.

Why they're a threat