The AFC East has turned into a very competitive division. Where do the New England Patriots fall in the standings after their eight games? The Patriots have an OK record at 4-4, but are last in their division. The AFC East has turned into quite the division thorough about half the season.
The Bills are still the Bills, the Jets are better than most expected, and the Dolphins are loading up on talent to make a Super Bowl run. The Patriots stood their ground at the trade deadline. Players that were rumored to be on the move didn’t get dealt, perhaps surprisingly.
The team seems somewhat confident that they can win with the guys that they have. With a crucial game coming up against the Indianapolis Colts, where do the Patriots stand in the AFC East?
AFC East standings heading into week nine
1. Buffalo Bills (6-1)
The Bills are 6-1 after a primetime win against the Green Bay Packers by 10 points. Many think that they are too reliant on Josh Allen, but that’s what you get with superstar quarterbacks. Buffalo looks to be a prime candidate to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl this year.
2. New York Jets (5-3)
The Jets disappointed last week, losing a stinker of a game to the Patriots. This game made the AFC East that much closer with the win, and it’s clear that Zach Wilson is the weakest part of the team by far. I’d expect the Jets to make a QB move in the offseason.
3. Miami Dolphins (5-3)
The 5-3 Miami Dolphins won against the Lions in Detroit on Sunday. It was a high scoring game, which is what Miami appears to be best at. Not only that, they added Bradley Chubb at the trade deadline, who is a very good edge rusher.
It’s clear that the Dolphins are going all-in on this year and the future. They look to be a 5th or 6th seeded Wild Card team. Expect them to win around 10 games this year.
4. New England Patriots (4-4)
The 4-4 Patriots lost a terrible game to the Bears two weeks ago, but came back with a nice win against the Jets last week. They now sit at 4-4, which has them right in the playoff mix. They have a winnable game this coming week against the Colts.
Getting to 5-4 at the bye week would be a huge boost for a team that would then get a week off to rest and recover.