The Bills were coming into this season with a ton of high expectations around the league. They were carrying a 14 game win streak into week 1 and a super bowl trophy from the previous season. However, they quickly were brought down to earth after losing in week 1 to the Ravens, and then continued to drop games against the Bears and the Patriots later in the season. Allen has been putting on an MVP type of season, however, he has had too many games this year where he has thrown 4 or more interceptions and it’s costing the Bills. If Allen can’t fix his turnover problem by the post season, then the Bills are unlikely to defend their title.
At 9-3 with three of their 4 remaining opponents having losing records, it is about guaranteed the Bills will be making a return trip to the playoffs this year to defend their super bowl trophy. If they can win out, including a victory over the Patriots, they will be able to win the AFC East this year as the Patriots have suffered a divisional loss to the dolphins while the Bills have beat the Dolphins and Jets twice each.
Unfortunately this is another season that’ll be labeled with the “rebuilding” tag. Ever since taking over the team halfway through the year last season, the Jets coach has been working on getting his roster to a level that can compete in his division. With some young pieces at QB, RB, and WR, this roster may be ready to make that jump to be a playoff contender next season. Another strong offseason in free agency and the draft will be crucial for the Jets, who started with one of the worst rosters in the league. Even still, the Jets have accumulated 4 wins in 12 games and have been very competitive with some of the best teams and coaches in the league. The future is bright in New York.
The Jets are eliminated from the playoffs, but their coach is good enough to get them there someday. The AFC East is one of the league’s toughest divisions and they had to also play the entire NFC North, another tough division. Without such a grueling schedule, the Jets would likely be in playoff contention.
Week 14: Patriots (10-2)
Week 15: Colts (6-6)
Week 16: Dolphins (6-6)
Week 17: Raiders (3-9)
Team Name: Dolphins
Record: 7 – 6
Offensive Stat Leaders:
T.Tagovailoa227/3222991 yards20 TD27 INT
B.Hall140 carries719 yards12 TDs
M.Breida88 carries517 yards2 TDs
M.Gesicki55 receptions711 yards2 TDs
P.Williams36 receptions595 yards9 TDs
R.Bateman27 receptions479 yards1 TDs
Defensive Stat Leaders
J. Baker 50 tackles
K. Grugier– Hill 42 tackles
J.Owusu-Koramoah 8 sacks
K.Van Noy7.5 sacks
K. Neal5 INTs
J. Baker 4 INTs
K.Van Noy 2 FFs
K. Neal 1 FFs
Passing offense rank: 18th
Rushing offense rank: 22nd
Passing defense rank: 5th
Rushing defense rank: 19th
Points scored per game: 15th
Points allowed per game: 14th
Season summary: After starting the season 0 – 4 the Miami Dolphins have rebounded in a big way winning 7 of their last 9 games. As of the time this article was published, they are in the 7th Wildcard spot and are playing some of their best football of the cycle. The Dolphin defense has stepped up and carried the team over the last 9 games.
Playoff outlook: With 3 games remaining the Dolphins control their own destiny. Win 2 games and they are in. It may come down to week 17 against the Broncos in a win and you’re in scenario.
Season summary: The Patriots have continued to remain steady and win games. Although they have dropped a couple in season 3, this team still looks to be a Super Bowl contender. Their week 16 match up against the Bills will decide who wins the division. Will the Patriots capture their 3rd straight division title or will the Bills step up to claim that honor.
Playoff outlook: Their spot is pretty much secured. We will now wait and see if the Patriots can win another division title or fall to a Wildcard spot. Again, week 16 looks to be the decider unless the Pats slip up before then.