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AFC East is up for grabs, Dolphins begin Jets week (take 2)

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)

Pitiful Picks: Dolphins may be resting, but not us!

On Sunday, the Miami Dolphins players will be enjoying their last official day before their bye week fun comes to an end.  The Dolphins players have been off since Wednesday afternoon and have been making the most of their much deserved time away from football.  Reggie Bush and Sean Smith headed back home to California. Anthony Fasano was on the sidelines of the Notre Dame game yesterday. Hopefully when all of the Dolphins players return, they’re healthy and focused on winning football games.

For us here at PhinNation, there are no bye weeks,especially for our Pitiful Picks.  Last week we went 2-2, making us 12-9 on the season so far.  this week, we’ll pick 4 games as usgh (Les Brown vocab), but won’t have a Dolphins game to pick.  Instead, we’ll pick the 2 other games featuring AFC East contenders.  Here we go:

Green Bay Packers -5 over St. Louis Rams

I don’t think anyone thought the Packers would be 3-3 right now. Let’s face it, they could be 5-1 if not for a crazy comeback by the Colts and the most controversial replacement refs call of all time against the Seahawks.  The Packers got their groove back last week, crushing the previously unbeaten Texans, in Houston. Aaron Rodgers threw for 5 touchdowns and the Packers looked like the Packers. After watching the Rams up close last week against the Dolphins, I don’t think they are in the same league. Yes, their defense looked good, but their offense is not going to keep pace with the Pack.  Packers 27 Rams 17  (cont’d on page 2, click below)

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Dolphins Division: What will the AFC East look like after this weekend?

The Miami Dolphins are currently tied with 3 other teams for first (and last) place in the AFC East.  It’s amazing(ly mediocre) that all 4 AFC East teams are tied at 3-3.  According to most experts, the Patriots are still the odds on favorites to win the AFC East, but their early struggles in close games have kept the door open for the Dolphins, Jets, and Bills.  In reality, if any of those 3 teams can get their act together, the AFC is wide open so a wild card could come out of the AFC East.  Entering week 7 only 2 teams have a better record than 3-3 (Ravens and Texans are 5-1).  Every team except for the Ravens and Texans is a 3-3 or worse.

New England Patriots (3-3 overall, 1-0 division)

The Patriots were in Seattle on Sunday and had a 13 point lead on the Seahawks in the 4th quarter.  The Patriots were well on their way to a 4-2 record and sole possession of 1st place in the AFC East.  Then, the Patriots secondary decided to give up a ton of yards and 14 points to a 5’11” rookie quarterback.  The Patriots lost by 1 point.  They’ve now lost 3 games by a TOTAL of 4 points.  This week, the Patriots will probably take out their anger on the Jets, as they welcome into Foxboro.  I think the Pats will put a hurting on the Jets on Sunday, moving them to 4-3 and most likely all alone in 1st place.

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

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)

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Dolphins Division: Breaking down the logjam in the AFC East

The Miami Dolphins are only 1 game out of the AFC East lead after 4 weeks of play.  Despite their shabby 1-3 record, the Dolphins trail the Jets, Bills, and Patriots by only 1 game, which is surprising.  Also surprising, is that the Dolphins could be the second best team in the division, even though they have the worst record in the division and have already been beaten by the Jets.  The Bills defense has not lived up to it’s offseason hype and the Jets offense works as well as Dan Carpenter’s right leg.  Anyway, here we go with the Week 4 edition of the Dolphins Division Recap:

New England Patriots (2-2, overall, 1-0 division)

The Patriots fell behind against the Bills and then decided they had seen enough.  They blasted the Bills in the second half, finishing the game with 52 points.  Still think  Mario Williams was worth all that money, Bills fans?  The Patriots defense is still a work in progress, but their offense was clicking on all cylinders against the Bills.  The Patriots would be 3-1 if their kicker had hit the game winner against the Cardinals in week 2.  This week, the Patriots host Peyton Manning and the Broncos (2-2), who put up 37 points last week.  Many think the Patriots will roll in this game, but I’m sure Peyton will try to put his best effort forward against Mr. Brady.

New York Jets (2-2 overall, 2-0 division)

The Jets have a nice shiny record, which is all that really matters in the NFL.  However, they’ve lost their best defensive player and best offensive weapon in back to back weeks.  The Jets also have one of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL who is leading a feeble offensive unit that just got worse.  As you can tell, the Jets had a rough week.  There were crushed by the 49ers at home last week 34-0.  This week, they welcome in the Houston Texans (4-0) on Monday Night Football.  Good luck Rexy and Fist Pumper!  Maybe it’s time to dust ole’ Tebow off and let him give it a shot.  I would be shocked if the Jets don’t fall to 2-3 after this week and fade in the AFC East race, very quickly.  I see them having a 6-10 or 7-9 season at best.  (cont’d on page 2, click below)

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Dolphins Division: Upsets even division race after week 2

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.

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