The trade of Randy Moss to the Minnesota Vikings changes the complexion of the AFC in several ways.
At first glance, it obviously makes the New England Patriots a weaker team.
The Patriots are not the Patriots of old. The defense is not great - particularly in the secondary. And, without Moss, who are teams going to be afraid of in that offense? Wes Welker isn't a guy who's going to beat teams over the top. Maybe one of the younger receivers is, but until we see it, the Patriots' offense looks weaker.
Maybe the Patriots were looking at this as addition by subtraction. Maybe Moss' attitude was just that bad.
But I can't see how this makes them a better team now.
It opens the AFC East up for the Jets, who already own wins over each of the other teams in that division. It also opens things up a little bit for the Jets to possibly be the No. 1 or 2 seed in the AFC playoffs since it does not appear they will be challenged in their division.
Then again, they do have to face Moss again this week at Minnesota, so who knows?