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AFC East Roundup: How the tables have turned

December is looking different this year.

The final week of December is drawing near. Things look very different in NFL when compared against what fans have come to expect year after year. Whether it be no fans in stadiums or dealing with a favorite player being out due to COVID-19, this season has been one unlike any in the history of the NFL. Meanwhile in the AFC East, the division looks very different than it has at any point in the 21st century. As such, we’ll dive further into that topic this week on the AFC East Roundup.

On Saturday, the Buffalo Bills completely dominated the Denver Broncos 48-19. The victory was monumental, allowing the Bills to clinch the AFC East for the first time since 1995! Josh Allen is playing the best football of his young career, getting better and better with each game. Stefon Diggs has shown that he was worth every bit of the price while setting single-season franchise records in his first season in Buffalo. On the opposite side of the ball, the defense is regaining the impressive form from past seasons. The defense has had touchdowns in back to back weeks for the first time in a long time. Put it all together and this Bills football team has a real shot at making a push come January.

Even more good news for Bills fans is that the New York Jets picked up their first win of the season against the Los Angeles Rams. How is that good news? By upsetting the Rams, the Jets are currently picking second in the upcoming NFL Draft because the Jacksonville Jaguars hold the tie breaker. This could be monumental, considering the potential for Trevor Lawrence to be drafted away from the AFC East.

Wait, it gets even better! With a Miami Dolphins victory over the New England Patriots on Sunday, it officially eliminated the Patriots from playoff contention for the first time in 12 years. The Patriots got a harsh look at reality without having Tom Brady under center. It’s also important to remember that a lot of New England’s defensive players opted out before the season started. As for Miami, they’re on track to make the postseason, which could make things interesting for the Bills. Even though the two teams will meet in Week 17, there is a scenario where the two teams would meet again for the third time this season on Wild Card weekend.