The Miami Dolphins and the rest of the AFC East have put week 10 in the rearview mirror as they get ready for week 11. Only the Bills were off this weekend.
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The Dolphins will stay on the West coast next week when they take on the Los Angeles Rams riding a four game winning streak. Will they be able to maintain or gain ground in the division?
New England Patriots – 7-2
The Patriots fell for only the second time this year in a huge battle on Sunday night against the Seattle Seahawks. The loss puts the Patriots two game in front in the AFC East which is still quite enough given the Patriots schedule ahead.
The loss however does shrink the division some and puts the pressure a little bit more on the Patriots who do well under pressure.
Next week the Patriots will play down the road from the Dolphins game as they will visit San Francisco in what should be one of the most lopsided games of the weekend.
Miami Dolphins – 5-4
The Dolphins made it to over .500 for the first time since midway through the 2014 season. Miami found a way to win the game instead of curling up when they fell behind late in the 4th quarter. The win puts Miami two games back in the division and one game up on the Bills.
In addition, the win on Sunday puts Miami in the 7th spot for a playoff chance. The two teams who hold the 5th and 6th seeds currently are the Broncos and Raiders both of whom have 7-2 records or two games ahead of the Dolphins. Each game moving forward is imperative if the Dolphins want a chance at the post-season.
Next up is the Rams in Los Angeles and while their record doesn’t indicate it, the Rams have a very tough defense and most of their games have been low scoring contests.
Buffalo Bills – 4-5
The Bills were on a bye in week 10 and will return in week 11 to face the Bengals in Cincinnati. The Bengals were expected to be division contenders of their own but have only one three games in 2016 with one tie.
New York Jets – 3-7
The last remaining AFC East team to not have finished their bye week, the Jets will get that in week 11 coming off a poor showing and 9-6 loss to the Rams last Sunday. The Jets made the decision to bench Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of Bryce Petty but the results were the same.