The Miami Dolphins were all alone in the AFC East basement last Sunday with a record of 1-3. The Dolphins entered Sunday 1 game behind the Jets, Bills, and Patriots (2-2) for first place in the AFC East. After Sunday and Monday’s games, the Dolphins have some company in the basement….which also happens to be 2nd place. The Dolphins victory, combined with the Jets and Bills losses, moved them into a 3 way tie for 2nd place in the AFC East, 1 game behind the Patriots. This week, the Dolphins will hope to even their record at 3-3 and begin to put distance between themselves and the Jets/Bills, while keeping pace with the Patriots.
New England Patriots (3-2 overall, 1-0 division)
The Patriots made it look easy on Sunday against Peyton Manning and the Broncos. The Patriots ran the ball as well as they threw it, which is scary. The Patriots offense is hitting on all cylinders and their defense is playing good enough to win. This week, the Patriots head to Seattle to play the Seahawks (3-2). The Seahawks have surprised some people and could pull off an upset this weekend. The Patriots are traveling across the country and will be playing in a stadium where the Seahawks have a very good, loud 12th man (the crowd). If you think of this matchup as Tom Brady versus Russell Wilson, you’d have to give the Patriots the advantage. But I wouldn’t completely discount the Seahawks in this game. If the Seahawks could find a way to win, combined with a Dolphins win over the Rams, the Dolphins would own a share of first place.
New York Jets (2-3 overall, 2-0 division)
The Jets didn’t embarrass themselves on Monday Night Football like many of us had hoped. They did lose to the Texans, but they weren’t run out of Met Life Stadium. The Jets now sit at 2-3 and are missing their best wide receiver (Holmes) and best defensive player (Revis). The Jets offense looks the way you’d think a Tony Sparano/Mark Sanchez offense would look: terribly ineffective. It’s only a matter of time before Tim Tebow takes over. With every game that Mark Sanchez can’t eclipse 50% completions, the crowd chanting for Tebow will only get louder. Rex Ryan will be forced to make a change sooner rather than later.
This week, the Jets head to Indianapolis to take on the ‘better than we thought’ Colts (2-2). The Colts are coming off of their emotional win over the Green Bay Packers. I’m sure the Colts and their fans will again be charged up for this game. Last week, the Colts learned that their head coach, Chuck Pagano, was diagnosed with Leukemia. I think the nation was rooting for them last week, to get a win for their coach. If they can keep riding that wave of emotion, playing for their coach, they could send the Jets to a 2-4 record. (cont’d on page 2, click below)