The Miami Dolphins played last Thursday night and then were given the opportunity to sit back on Sunday and watch the rest of the AFC East play football.
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After four weeks of football a few things are becoming clear. In New York, the Jets have a problem with Ryan Fitzpatrick although they won’t openly admit to it. Fitzpatrick has been horrible thus far through four games.
Staying in New York but moving Northeast, the Bills are an interesting team. Despite winning two games no one really thinks this is a team that will compete. Here is a look at the week 4 recap.
New England Patriots – 3-1
Anyone worried about the Patriots running the table in 2016 can sit back and relax as the Patriots lost on Sunday to the Bills. They didn’t just lose however they were shut out 16-0. While it was fun watching the expressionless faces in the crowd during the game the Patriots are well aware of the fact that they get Tom Brady back next week as well as Rob Ninkovich after his PED suspension. The Patriots lost behind third string quarterback Jacoby Brissett and their luck finally ran out for their back-up’s. It’s only one loss and might be their only loss of 2016.
Next: Cleveland Browns – poor Cleveland
Buffalo Bills 2-2
The Bills played a decent enough offensive game against the Patriots as in good enough to win. They relied on a defensive effort that was good enough to beat Brissett. Buffalo focused on stopping the run and forcing the Patriots to beat them in the air then providing a lot of pass rush to keep Brissett out of sync. It worked but watching the game left a lot of questions as to how the Bills will play out the rest of their season. While they won, they didn’t look especially good on either side of the ball and the late October rematch with Tom Brady will be interesting to watch.
Next: Los Angeles Rams (this should be an interesting game as the Rams are 3-1 but haven’t looked good)
New York Jets – 1-3
Todd Bowles may someday be remembered as a great head coach but sadly as long as he has questions at quarterback no one will talk about him. The Jets toiled with Ryan Fitzpatrick all off-season to the point that Fitzpatrick wasn’t around for training. The problem was that the Jets didn’t address the position so everyone knew it would be Fitzpatrick. Why is this important? Because for the 2nd week in a row the Jets are losing because of Fitzpatrick’s interceptions and play.
Against the Seahawks on Sunday, the Jets couldn’t get anything going their way and the Seahawks did enough to pull out the victory.
Next: Pittsburgh – it won’t get any better for the Jets this week.
Miami Dolphins – 1-3
Did the Dolphins lose on Thursday night to a much better team or is this Dolphins team really an 0-4 team who got lucky against the Browns? It’s likely somewhere in between. The Dolphins offense is flat and the defense is so inconsistent that they can’t stop opposing runners.
Miami ranks in the bottom two of the league in run defense and they are not getting enough pressure consistently on the quarterback to make-up for their lack of depth in the secondary. Thursday night was a blowout loss and the Dolphins offense didn’t show up.
Adam Gase needs to turn this around quickly or he may lose his locker room. A tough start for one of the more promising young head coaches.
Next – Tennessee Titans – If the Dolphins can’t win this one it’s time to call it a season.