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Well, it’s been an interesting week — to say the very least — for the AFC East.
The festivities kicked off Thursday when Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos bested the New York Jets, 17-13. The loss came off the heels of a 37-16 loss to the Patriots, where New England regained the first place lead in the AFC East.
The Jets were the latest to fall victim to Tebow — who is now 4-1 this season at the helm for Denver. In true Tebow fashion, the quarterback led the Broncos on a 95-yard game-winning drive, which was capped by a 20-yard touchdown run by Tebow.
Mark Sanchez, who went 24-of-40 for 252 yards, threw a costly pick-six to Andre Goodman in the third quarter. The Jets now sit at 5-5 on the season. But, hey good news for Gang Green: they play Buffalo next.
Speaking of, the mighty Buffalo Bills are who we thought they were — a mediocre team with a mediocre quarterback.
After starting the season 5-2 and posting impressive victories over the Patriots, Eagles and Raiders, the Bills quickly became the feel good story of 2011. Here was Ryan Fitzpatrick, the much publicized quarterback from Harvard, tossing touchdown passes left-and-right and becoming the face of the franchise up in Buffalo.
On Oct. 28, two days before Buffalo’s win over Washington, the Bills gave the journeymen quarterback a 7-year, $62 million ($24 mill. guaranteed) contract.
What has Fitzpatrick done sense?
Led the Bills to an 1-3 record and has passed for four touchdowns and eight interceptions. Take away that victory against the Redskins and in the Bills last three loses Fitzpatrick is: 55-of-101 (54 percent) for 546 yards (5.4 yards per pass) and 7 interceptions.
Not bad for $62 million. Eh.
The Bills latest loss came by way of the resurgent Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins beat down the Bills 35-8. Yes, those Dolphins. Reggie Bush thinks he’s back in Southern California and Matt Moore (14-of-20, 160 yards, 3 TDs) is doing his best Ryan Fitzpatrick (before the pay-day). The Dolphins are winners of three straight, where they outscored their opponents 86-20.
Don’t be shocked, but the Dolphins could finish third in the division.
Meanwhile, the Patriots play the Tyler Palko led Chiefs Monday Night. If New England wins, as they should, the Patriots will have a commanding grasp on the AFC East — but well all knew that, didn’t we?