The final week of the NFL regular season is in the books so now we can get a complete look at the division. In this AFC East Roundup, we look at the final standings along with moves some of the teams are already making in preparation for next season.
The Patriots took the division crown yet again with a record of 11-5 on the year. They are now turning their attention to the playoffs where the team has a first round bye, but was unable to claim home field advantage. In Week 17 it was business as usual for the team as they handled the New York Jets with ease. Tom Brady and Bill Belichick no doubt have their eyes set on adding another ring to their hands.
Miami finishes second in the season but it was a rough 7-9 record. Head coach Adam Gase was fired about the time the Dolphins landed in Miami and it’s unclear if quarterback Ryan Tannehill will return next season. That is a lot of change for a team that had playoff hopes at one point this season.
The Bills found themselves third in the division after defeating the Dolphins, but this season was more about the rebuild. Josh Allen did make a lot of strides, including accounting for five touchdowns on Sunday, but we know he still has a way to go to reach his full potential. The beat down of the Dolphins was about honoring the career of Kyle Williams and sending the heart and soul of the team out with a victory. Sean McDermott will be back for Year 3, which is go-time for this team.
Someone had to finish last, but all is not lost. Sam Darnold has shown that he can be the guy going forward for this team, but he will have to do so with a new head coach next year. The team announced Sunday that they were parting ways with Todd Bowles, so the team will look for a fresh start next year. The Jets showed at times they can be a very good football team so hopefully for them they find the right coach.