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Joe Philbin

Race Is On In AFC East — For 2nd Place

NEW YORK — The race is on in the AFC East — for second place.

As usual.

Tom Brady and the undefeated New England Patriots appear well on their way to their seventh straight division title and 13th in 14 years.

They're 8-0, Brady is having one of his best statistical seasons — at age 38 — and Bill Belichick's bunch has seemingly put all that "Deflategate" scandal stuff way behind.

"Our mission," wide receiver Julian Edelman said, "is just to try and improve each week."

The defending Super Bowl champions are already 3-0 in the division and have one game remaining against each of their AFC East rivals....