Things are about right in the AFC East these days: the Patriots are running away with it, and the Bills, Dolphins and Jets are fighting their way out of the cellar. Here's where each team is at entering the Week 11 weekend:
As usual this time of year, New England is starting to put the divisional race in the rear-view mirror and has its sights set on home field advantage and a first round bye in the AFC playoffs. The Patriots are coming off a relatively-tough AFC East battle with the Bills in which they won on a last-minute interception and will host Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts Sunday.
The Bills' defense finally showed up Thursday night, forcing three crucial turnovers in ousting the division-rival Dolphins in Buffalo in front of a national television audience. With the win, Buffalo kept a sliver of postseason hope alive, though it'll need its best November 25 when it travels to Indianapolis in a game that could either complicate the AFC "in-the-hunt" race or make it much clearer.
Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had his second straight rookie game Thursday, and the Dolphins fell to 0-5 when Tannehill throws an interception. The Dolphins absolutely couldn't lose that game and should now be well out of the hunt for a Wildcard berth within the next few weeks, as they face the Seattle Seahawks, Patriots and San Francisco 49ers in consecutive games.
Tebow-ripping-gate has further darkened the already incredibly dark cloud hanging over the Jets. Gang Green lost their third straight game last week in Seattle and fifth of their last six contests. The Jets travel to St. Louis this week to face former offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer in the most crucial must-win game this early in the season they've faced since Rex Ryan took the reigns in 2009.