With Week 3 of the NFL regular season in the books, the standings in the AFC East are more clear than one would have thought after this weekend. There is a surprising team sitting at the top of the standings while the other three teams are all grouped together. This week on the AFC East Roundup we will be looking at the winners and losers of the division at almost the quarter point of the season.
Winner: Miami Dolphins
Few would have expected the Dolphins to be sitting alone the top of the AFC East standings after three weeks let alone being two games up and one of the few undefeated teams left in the league, but here they are. On offense, they’re playing well with Ryan Tannehill back in charge—and on defense they’re playing lights out, generating turnovers and turning them into points. A lot of us are believers in this team but still some are skeptical due to the first three teams that they faced. Their true test will come Sunday as they travel to take on the next team in our roundup.
Loser: New England Patriots
All is not well in New England right now. The team is 1-2 and lost their last two games after starting the season with a win over the Texans. Against the Lions and former defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, the offense did not produce again, and the defense was nowhere to be found throughout the course of the game. It may not look like it, but a big part of this start could be related to the absence of Julian Edelman who is set to return in two weeks. Once he is back, the offense can open up and teams will not be able to double team Rob Gronkowski for the entire game. Stay patient Patriot fans, the wait is almost over.
Winners: Buffalo Bills
NO ONE CIRCLES THE WAGON LIKE THE BUFFALO BILLS! Yes...I know it was only one week, but the fact that the Bills traveled to Minnesota and laid a beat down on the Vikings when they were 17-point underdogs is something to celebrate. Something could be credited to this being a trap game seeing that the Vikings play the Rams on Thursday night, but the Bills showed up. The offense looked like its true potential with Josh Allen displaying confidence and comfort, and the defense playing how it did last season. If the team can put up a fight and maybe sneak away with a victory against an injured Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, who knows what kind of run this team can go on.
Losers: New York Jets
The Jets were feeling good going into their Thursday night game against the Browns, looking to start the year 2-1 but when the final score popped up, the Cleveland Browns were the team winning their first game in a while. Now the Jets are 1-2 with a game against a tough Jaguars team on Sunday. It will be a difficult test for rookie Sam Darnold, who is facing arguably the best defense in the league.