The AFC East is perhaps the best division in football. Each team can make the playoffs this year. Where do the Patriots fall in the division standings? After long last, the Patriots are no longer in the cellar of the division!
However, if they have any hope of climbing up to the first or second spots, they’ll have to deal with the Bills and Dolphins, two teams that could easily make deep playoff runs.
Either way, all four teams in the division have at least six wins and have positioned themselves nicely for the last chunk of the season
AFC East standings heading into week 12
1. Miami Dolphins (7-3)
Mike McDaniel, in year one as a head coach, has his Dolphins’ team at first in the AFC East all while coaching up perhaps two end of year award candidates in Tua Tagovailoa and Tyreek Hill.
The Dolphins are simply a fun team filled with young players and solid veterans. They can definitely win a playoff game or two but I do wonder about the teams ability to play in unideal conditions, especially as the weather gets colder.
2. Buffalo Bills (7-3)
Because of the Dolphins winning their first matchup against the Bills, they are ahead of Buffalo in the standings. To me, the Bills seem like a team that always just barely falls short of expectations.
They also appear to be way too reliant on Josh Allen, who has been mistake prone the last few weeks. However, the Bills are still in the upper class of NFL teams and are not going anywhere. They play on Thanksgiving.
3. New England Patriots (6-4)
Look at this! The AFC East has a new third place team! The New England Patriots have won three games in a row and are now 6-4. If I’m not mistaken, I predicted them to win seven games in 2022, and it appears like they will surpass that number.
They have a killer defense but need to get their offense figured out if they want to get to contender status.
4. New York Jets (6-4)
Are the New York Jets the worst 6-4 team in the history of the NFL? It sure seems like it. Their offense apparently averaged 2.7 inches per play in the second half of their matchup with the Patriots this past Sunday.
Zach Wilson is simply not a starting caliber quarterback in the NFL and should likely be benched. The Jets should be in the quarterback market this offseason. If the offense can somehow get going a bit, New York can end the longest playoff streak in the NFL.