Dolphins Division: 1 game separates 1st and last place in AFC East

Miami Dolphins (2-3 overall, 0-1 division)

The Dolphins went up to Cincinnati last week and beat a quality opponent that was 3-1 at the time.  The Dolphins go efficient play out of Ryan Tannehill and a superb effort from their defense.   Tannehill didn’t throw for a touchdown, but he finished the game with a 93 QB rating.  He bought time with his legs when he needed to and made good decisions with the football.  The Dolphins running game needs to get back on track to give Tannehill some help.  But, if the Dolphins continue to limit their turnovers and play solid defense, they will be in almost every game that they play.

This week, the Dolphins are back home and will be honoring Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas.  Taylor and Thomas will be inducted into the Dolphins Ring of Honor on Sunday, which should lead to a big crowd that wants nothing more than to see a Dolphins win on this special day.  The Dolphins welcome in the St. Louis Rams (3-2), who are coming off of a home win last Thursday against the Arizona Cardinals.  The Rams have had a few extra days to prepare for this game, so the Dolphins must be ready for them.  The Rams are 3-0 at home this season and 0-2 on the road.  Let’s hope the Dolphins defense can suffocate Sam Bradford and make the Rams 0-3 on the road this season.

Buffalo Bills (2-3 overall, 0-2 division)

I’m not sure what’s worse at this point in the season: The Jets offense or the Bills defense.  The Bills defense allowed 45 points to the 49ers on Sunday.  Remember this offseason when they brought in all of the high priced free agents, like Mario Williams?  That was fun, wasn’t it?  The Bills defense is terrible right now.  This week, the Bills head to Arizona (3-2) to take on a Cardinals team that has some offensive weapons.  The Cardinals, like the Rams, have had a few extra days to prepare since they played last Thursday.  After this game, there’s a very real chance that the Bills and Jets will be tied for last in the AFC East at 2-4.

Overall, the week is an interesting one.  3 of the 4 AFC East teams are playing inter-conference games against the NFC West.  Other than the Dolphins game (of course), I’m interested to see how well the Seahawks do against the Patriots in Seattle.  I’d love to see the Seahawks pull off the upset.  It’s only the second weekend of October, but these games are the ones that set teams up for the playoffs later on. Yesterday we laid out the Dolphins road-map to the playoffs. They need to go on a winning streak during their next set of games and it starts on Sunday against the Rams.

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