Patriots still the team to beat in AFC East despite Brady departure – Bills GM

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Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane believes the New England Patriots remain the team to beat in the NFL's AFC East, despite Tom Brady's switch to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Legendary quarterback Brady swapped the Patriots for the Buccaneers via free agency, after winning six Super Bowl titles in Foxborough.

The Patriots have dominated the AFC East following 11 consecutive titles but with Brady moving to the Buccaneers and Stefon Diggs joining the Bills, Buffalo have been tipped to rise to the top.

However, Beane told reporters during a videoconference on Thursday: "The team to beat in the East is the Patriots. And until somebody beats them, they are the team to beat.

"As long as [head coach] Bill Belichick's there, you're talking about probably the greatest head coach of all time that was paired with the greatest quarterback of all time.

"So until we beat them, we've done nothing, and we've got our work cut out for us."

Brady spent 20 years with the Patriots, often taking down the Bills – who lost a wild-card playoff against the Houston Texans last season.

The Bills (10-6) finished second behind the Patriots (12-4) in the AFC East in 2019.

"I candidly did not expect Tom to leave," said Beane, who did not celebrate a win over Brady before his switch to the NFC.

"Playing against him, I go back and forth. You know you always want to take down the best," Beane said. "And that's probably the disappointing thing as I sit here – in my time, we didn't beat Tom Brady. And so, we'll have to find another way to play Tampa to be able to maybe beat him before he hangs them up."

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