AFC East Breakdown: Week 7


(Brian Miller writes for Phin Phanatic, which is FSB’s Dolphins blog. Representing the rest of the AFC East are Musket FireThe J-E-T Press and The BuffaLowdown.)

The Jekyll and Hyde AFC East once again showed their opposite.  Once again the Buffalo Bills stand alone on top of the division no one seems to want to run away with.  The Dolphins flounder again proving that they can only seem to beat really good teams and the Jets showed why they epitomize the J & H label.

Buffalo Bills (5-1):

Looking back:  The Bills lost 3 weeks ago to the Arizona Cardinals and spent their bye week stewing in their own self-pity.  They came back to face the San Diego Chargers and after giving up a 4th quarter lead, they rebounded to hold off the Chargers and win.  The Bills are playing solid football but they are allowing teams to linger to long which could be an issue down the road should it continue as it easily could put the team in dire straits.

Looking ahead:  The Bills will travel south to face division rival Miami.  The Bills have had the Phins number for the last several years, but this is not a cake walk push-over team like the last few years.  The game will put the Bills in a position to improve to 6-1 but they can’t fall into the trap of overlooking the Dolphins.

Miami Dolphins (2-3):

Looking back:  So much for the Houston game being a fluke in week 6, the Dolphins defense looked so bad at times that it was impossible to believe that this was the same team that held New England to 13 points and San Diego to 10.  The Ravens easily controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball and were able to win the time of possession battle.

Looking ahead:  The Dolphins may be happy to see a team that has a winning record again after losing the last two weekends to teams that were below .500.  The Buffalo Bills will pay a visit to south Florida and while the game is important it is still not a must win although the Dolphins have very little of those games left this season.  

New England Patriots (4-2):

Looking back:  The Patriots displayed their Dr. Jekyll against the Denver Broncos on Monday night when they took over the game Vs. the Denver Broncos to improve to 4-2.  Matt Cassell found Randy Moss early and kept the WR involved.  It was the opposite of the San Diego game the previous week when they were on the losing end of a blow out.

Looking ahead:  The Patriots are now one game behind Buffalo and while it is still uncertain whether the real Patriots are the ones who lost to SD or the ones that beat Denver handidly, they will not find any comfort in facing the St. Louis Rams in week 8.  The Rams knocked off the NFC favorite Dallas Cowboys in week 7 and the Patriots can ill afford to look beyond them or they too will fall victim to the suddenly dangerous Rams.

New York Jets (3-3):

Looking back:  The Jets rallied late to tie the game on the arm of Brett Favre but the Jets could not move the ball in overtime to allow a FG opportunity, instead the Raiders’ Sebastian Janikowski kicked a 45 plus yard field goal to put the Jets 2 games behind the division leader.  

Looking ahead:  The Jets will have to face the reeling Kansas City Chiefs and for the J.E.T.S…Jets, Jets, Jets, the game almost becomes a must win considering the fact that their late schedule is not as favorable as the first half.  The Jets must find a way to not beat themselves or allow themselves to be manhandled.  This could be a crutch game for them as they come off the OT loss to Oakland.

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  • http://Musketfire Matt

    Man seriously can we can get some respect for knocking off the Broncos easily on MNF.  I mean all year everyone’s crapped all over the Patriots and the choices they have made since the injury to Brady.  Last night they went out and played a well rounded game on all sides of the ball.  I know we have the Rams coming in to town this Sunday and I agree on your thoughts about we can’t afford to overlook them. 

    Before the season, I’d say easy win, after the injury I became worried about this game, but after last night’s showing I feel better about this Sunday.  But I’m not going to be to cocky about this week’s game.  The Rams shocked the Cowboys (which I just love) and now I’m hoping they don’t make it three wins in a row.  That win last night puts us back in the playoff contention at 5th in the AFC which is very nice since they way we have been playing leading up to last night.  Go Pats beat the Rams and pray for a Buffalo loss this week in Miami.  So for this week I’m rooting for Miami also to win and help not only themselves but us out also.

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    If I were to go with that line of thinking, then the Dolphins should have been Super Bowl bound after beating the crap out of the Patriots.  We all know one game means nothing and in case you haven’t noticed, the Broncos are an extremely one dimensional team so again, are the real Patriots the team that beat Denver last night or the one that got blown out by the Dolphins and Chargers?  Respect?  The Patriots have a very weak 4-2 record right now.

  • http://Musketfire Matt

    That might be true but I’ll take a weak 4-2 over say hmmm 2-4 anyday.  And besides any team can get lucky and grab a victory.  Like the Dolphins did to us earlier in the season.  Revenge is on the horizon for us coming up in late November.  Well put it this way I hope it’s coming, couldn’t stand myself if we lost both meeting to the Phins this year just might make me jump off the Tobin Bridge into the Atlantic ocean…LOL!

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    you may want to buy a life jacket

  • Billsfan

    Just wanted to let you kno to check you facts before you post on them, Buffalo didn’t give up a 4th quarter lead, they were already winning 20-14 when the forth quarter started.

  • http://phinphanatic.com Brian Miller

    Sorry Billsfan, when I re-read the box I read the quarter wrong.  I thought they gave up a touch to SD in the 4th and then ran away with it.