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AFC East Roundup: Taking care of business at the top

The Patriots and Bills did what they had to do Sunday.

Another week of football is in the books for the AFC East with the New England Patriots still undefeated. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills were looking to bounce back from their loss last week against the Patriots before going into their Week 6 bye. The New York Jets were trying to get their first win of the season before Sam Darnold comes back and good news for Miami Dolphins fans whose team was off this week making it impossible for them to lose.

For New England, fans were worried when the Washington Redskins got on the board first to take a 7-0 lead. It even got fans complaining about Tom Brady’s recent struggles on social media. Everything changed, however, as those were the only points Washington scored and New England cruised to a 33-7 victory to move to 5-0 on the season. Brady had an efficient day after a slow start passing for over 300 yards and three touchdowns, while Sony Michel almost had 100 yards rushing on the day. It’s a short turnaround for the team because they’re set to play the New York Giants on Thursday Night Football this week.

Meanwhile in Tennessee, the Bills were in a tough defensive battle with the Titans all afternoon. Josh Allen played a much more controlled game after being knocked out with a concussion last week and led another game-winning touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. He connected on a pass to Duke Williams—who was brought up from the practice squad on Saturday—to give the team a 14-7 victory. This win puts the Bills at 4-1 going into their bye week. The Bills have already matched their road win total from all of last season. The team benefited from four missed field goals by the Titans but good teams find a way to win when the other team keeps them in it.

Lastly, there are the Jets, still looking for their first win of the season after dropping to 0-4 against the Philadelphia Eagles. The offense continues to struggle as the defense can only do so much, keeping their team in it early but running out of stamina as the game progresses. The good news for the Jets is that quarterback Sam Darnold should return to the lineup next week, which should breathe new life into the offense. It should open up Le’Veon Bell as well, as teams won’t be able to just zero in on him while preparing to face New York’s offense.