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AFC East Roundup: One play away

A lot of heartbreak for the division

It was a wild weekend for the AFC East. While the New York Jets were relaxing at home with their feet up on the couch, the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, and New England Patriots were in dog fights. Each of those three games ended up coming down to the final play as well. Let’s dive into those Week 6 matchups in this edition of the AFC East Roundup.

The Buffalo Bills were looking to head to their bye week at 5-1 but the Tennessee Titans had other ideas. Derrick Henry was a monster rushing for three touchdowns—including a 76-yard sprint. However, Josh Allen and the offense responded the entire game by putting points on the board. Of course we all know how things ended on that 4th & 1 call with the Bills knocking on the doorstep. Left tackle Dion Dawkins was blown up on the play, and Allen had little chance to pick up the first down on a quarterback sneak. Before that failed attempt, Allen had been perfect in his career in 4th & 1 situations. Heartbreak, indeed, for Bills Mafia.

The Miami Dolphins were across the pond in London taking on the Jacksonville Jaguars—a team looking for their first win in over a year. Tua Tagovailoa made his return to the field after recovering from broken ribs, and he passed for over 300 yards. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, the Jaguars were able to sneak in a completed pass on fourth down with five seconds left and still had enough awareness to get the timeout called with one second on the game clock. From there, Matthew Wright was able to nail a 53-yard field goal to give Jacksonville the win. That loss dropped the Dolphins to 1-5 on the season—one full of big expectations following a plucky 2020 campaign. Heartbreak, without a doubt.

The New England Patriots probably played the division’s craziest game in Week 6. Dallas Cowboys kicker Greg Zuerlein missed a field goal that left the Patriots sitting pretty, but then Mac Jones threw a pick-six that deflected off his receiver’s hand and into Trevon Diggs’s. Jones responded on the Patriots’ first play of the following drive by throwing a 75-yard touchdown pass against a very badly beaten Diggs. The game went to overtime where New England’s defense found themselves overmatched. CeeDee Lamb caught a 35-yard touchdown to end the game in dramatic fashion. Heartbreak—in Beantown.