The Miami Dolphins kicked up their feet and watched the craziness that is the AFC East, unravel a bit on Sunday. The Dolphins were on their bye week and the new CBA says that the team had to have 4 consecutive days without practice. That stretch for the Dolphins went from Thursday through Sunday. So the Dolphins had plenty of time Sunday to sit back and watch the madness of the AFC East from a fans perspective. Entering Sunday, all 4 teams were tied with 3-3 records. Only the Dolphins would end the weekend with that record.
First, the Bills and Titans played a game that saw very little defense. Titans and Bills exchanged punches, with the Bills eventually jumping out to a 34-28 lead in the 4th quarter. Their defense would allow the Titans to score a touchdown on 4th down to take a 35-34 lead in the game’s final minutes. The Titans would hold on to win, dropping the Bills to 3-4.
Then, we watched a crazy game between the Jets and Patriots. The Patriots led 23-13 at one point in the 4th quarter, only to blow that lead and allow the Jets to tie the game. After a fumble on the kickoff directly following the tying field goal, the Jets actually took a 26-23 lead. Tom Brady, of course, lead the Patriots down the field for the tying field goal to force overtime. In overtime, the Patriots kicked a field goal on the opening possession and the Mark Sanchez fumbled the game away. Literally, a game ending fumble. So this morning the Patriots sit atop the AFC East at 4-3, while the Dolphins are in second at 3-3, with the Bills and Jets tied for last at 3-4.
What Sunday showed was that the AFC is relatively even. The Jets went to Foxboro, without Darrelle Revis and Santonio Holmes and gave the Patriots all they could handle. The Bills were one defensive stop away from being 4-3. Immediately after the Jets game ended, Dolphins left guard, Richie Incognito tweeted “It’s officially Jets Week #TurnUp”. That’s right Richie, it is Jets week. And this week’s game is big for the Dolphins…..very big. (cont’d on page 2, click below)