The Miami Dolphins didn’t win a game in 2011 until week 8. The Dolphins quickly fell out of the AFC East race because the Patriots and Jets got off to fast starts and left the Dolphins and Bills in their dust. This season, the Dolphins picked up their first win in week 2 AND, with a little help from the Patriots field goal kicker (and the underdog Cardinals), they pulled into a first place tie with the rest of the division.
New York Jets (1-1)
As good as the Jets and their Jekyl and Hyde offense looked against the Bills in week 1, they looked equally bad in week 2 against the Steelers. The Jets offense put up 34 points against the Bills, but managed just 10 against the Steelers on Sunday afternoon. Mark Sanchez had one of his worst games as a pro. Sanchez’s passes were wild an inaccurate after the first Jets’ scoring drive. If this keeps up, fans will be calling for Tebow to start. In fact, Rex Ryan had to deal with a number of ‘why isn’t Tebow playing that much’ questions this week….and it annoyed him, which is great.
This week, the Jets come down to Miami for a big early season matchup with the Dolphins. The winner is guaranteed at least a tie for the division lead. This game is being billed as a must win for the Jets, as their next two opponents are the 49ers and Texans. A loss to the Dolphins could mean a 1-4 start or at best a 2-3 start to the season for the Jets.
New England Patriots (1-1)
The Patriots vaunted offense was held to just 18 points on Sunday by the fast defense of the Cardinals. The Cardinals admitted after the game that they picked up on whether the Patriots were going to run or pass depending on the formation. Whatever the reason, the Cardinals held the Patriots in check. The Cardinals tried to blow this game when they fumbled late in the 4th quarter and allowed Tom Brady to drive down the field. BUT, Stephen Gostkowski missed a short field goal with 3 seconds left, that would’ve given the Pats the win.
This week, the Patriots play on Sunday night football when they head to Baltimore to take on a Ravens (1-1) team that is coming off a stinging loss to the Eagles. There is a distinct possibility that the Pats could fall to 1-2 and out of first place in the AFC East. IF the Pats fall to 1-2, it will be the first time they’ve been under .500 this ‘late’ in the season since 2002. Here’s hoping! (cont’d on page 2)