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AFC East Roundup: Week 13 divisional MVPs

Who gave an MVP performance within the division?

Week 13 saw plenty of action within the AFC East. The Miami Dolphins kicked things off by taking care of business against the Cincinnati Bengals. The New England Patriots dominated the Los Angeles Chargers by shutting them out, while the New York Jets found another way to lose via a last-second touchdown courtesy of the Las Vegas Raiders. Then, the Buffalo Bills capped it all off with a convincing win over the San Francisco 49ers on Monday Night Football. This time on the AFC East Roundup, we review the division’s top performers from Week 13.


For the Buffalo Bills it was clear Josh Allen was the best player on the field as he dominated the 49ers’ defense. Allen finished the game with 375 yards and four touchdown passes. He also completed 80 percent of his passes. His performance enabled receiver Cole Beasley to have the best game of his career with 130 yards and a touchdown. Allen led the Bills to their first victory on Monday Night Football since 1999.

In New England, the special teams unit gets a collective game ball for their performance against the Chargers. First, it was a 70-yard punt return by Gunner Olszewski for a touchdown and then right before halftime a blocked field goal was returned by Devin McCourty for a touchdown. The team smelled blood in the water from a Chargers special teams unit on track to be the worst in NFL history—and they took advantage of it.

Down in Miami, Mike Gesicki is becoming one of the best young tight ends in the league. On Sunday, he caught nine passes for 88 yards and a touchdown to give himself four scores on the season. With his combination of size and speed, Gesicki is a matchup nightmare for linebackers. If the team begins to target the third-year tight end more down the stretch, these types of stats will become normal.

For the Jets, their MVP is Greg Williams, as weird as it sounds. The questionable call of sending an all-out blitz that led to the game-winning touchdown ensured that the Jets remained winless on the season. With Jacksonville also losing, a win would have been troublesome for the team as it would have tied them with the Jaguars for the number-one overall pick in the coming draft. If the Jets and Jags finish the season with the same record, then Jacksonville receives the number-one pick due to their easier strength of schedule. Even though the decision ended up costing Williams his job, it at least gave fans more hope that Trevor Lawrence will be a Jet next season.