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In case you haven’t noticed, the AFC East is back to being a disaster

Ryan Hannable
November 15, 2017 - 9:19 am

Remember two weeks ago when with a win over the Jets on a Thursday night the Bills would have improved to 6-2 and tied the Patriots for first place in the AFC East?

Well, the Bills lost that game and lost again last Sunday against the Saints and are now 5-4, a full two games behind the first place Patriots, who are 7-2 and winners of five straight.

After the first month or so it looked like the AFC East would be the most competitive it has been in years, but now just after the midway point, the AFC East is back to being its terrible self. The Patriots have four road wins this season, while the rest of the AFC East combined also has four.

Here's a look at the other three teams.

Bills (5-4): The Bills have lost two straight and looked terrible against the Saints in a 47-10 loss at home on Sunday when New Orleans racked up 298 yards on the ground. New Orleans scored 47 straight points after Buffalo went up 3-0. Buffalo hasn’t faced the Patriots yet this season, and it looked like the Dec. 3 meeting in upstate New York had the potential to be a big game, but now it looks like just another AFC East game where the Patriots should roll to a win.

Dolphins (4-5): After seeing the Dolphins play two straight weeks in primetime, it’s clear they are not going to be AFC East contenders. Miami has lost three straight games and has the worst offense in the league when it comes to points, averaging 15.2 points per game and the second-worst offense when it comes to yards, averaging 275 per game. While Miami’s defense is decent, it isn’t enough to make up for its dreadful offense.

Jets (4-6): The Jets may actually be better than their record would suggest, but they don’t appear to have a late season run in them, especially looking at their schedule. Following a bye week this week, New York closes the season vs. Carolina, vs. Kansas City, at Denver, at New Orleans, vs. Los Angeles Chargers and at New England. The Jets will be lucky to win six games this year.

For those wondering, the earliest the Patriots can clinch the AFC East is Week 13, but they would need a lot of help. On top of winning each of the next three weeks, Miami would have to lose two of its next three games and Buffalo would need to lose its next three games. The Patriots face the Dolphins next week and then the Bills in Week 13.