The AFC East Preview post will be on PhinNation.com weekly. As a fan, I always find myself looking to see who the Dolphins closest rivals are playing in the coming week. As such, we’ll overview the AFC East every week to see who everyone is playing. As the season moves along and we can seriously start talking about playoff races, we will expand and include all games that impact the Dolphins. Here’s a look at this week’s AFC East Preview:
New York Jets (3-1)
The Jets lost their opener to the Ravens, but have rebounded very nicely, completing a sweep of the AFC East. They will play the Vikings tonight on Monday Night Football and look to move to 4-1 and take a 0.5 game lead on the Patriots. Next week, the Jets travel to Denver to take on a surprising Broncos team. Traveling across country on a short week might be a tough task for the Jets. It will be interesting to see how they do in these next two games that are by no means pushovers.
New England Patriots (3-1)
The Pats only loss this year has been to the Jets. They are 2-1 in the division and have enjoyed a bye week this week. They will host the 4-1 Baltimore Ravens in Foxboro on Sunday. This should be a great game, one that I’m really looking forward to seeing. This is one of those games that could help determine playoff seeding or qualification later in the year.
Miami Dolphins (2-2)
The Dolphins, like the Patriots are coming off their bye week. They’ve had some time to heal up after dropping games to both the Jets and Pats. Hopefully they can turn things around this week as they head into Lambaeu to take on the Green Bay Packers. The Dolphins have a tough next 4 games. BUT, if they can survive, with say a 2-2 record, they could be in good position to make a late run at the playoffs. The schedule softens up a bit after these next 4 games.
Buffalo Bills (0-5)
They stink. Enough said, right? The Bills should celebrate this week, as it’s the first week since the season started that they will not lose a game. It’s their bye week. The Bills should probably have though long and hard about drafting a QB in the 2010 draft. They will almost certainly need to do so in 2011. It’s going to be a long year for the Bills, one that will probably land them a top 5 pick, if not #1 overall. Having said all that, the Dolphins could very well lose to them later this year
So the Dolphins, Pats, and Jets all have a tough week ahead. Who comes out victorious? We’ll have to watch the games and find out!