Around the AFC East: Week 3

Posted Sep 24, 2015

Jets Are Pillaging, Brady Is Smoking & a South Florida Showdown Is On Tap



NEW YORK JETS (2-0)

Offense/Defense Rankings: T17 (10 Rush, T22 Pass) & No. 10 (14 Rush, 17 Pass)

Turnovers: No.1 (+8)

The Skinny: The Jets10 takeaways are the most through two games since the 1992 Steelers forced 12. Playing complementary football, the Green & White are second in the NFL in points differential (+34).

They Said It: “They’re flying around, you know. They’re starting to buy into the system, they are getting to know what each other can do,” said Jets head coach Todd Bowles after the Green & White registered another five takeaways in Monday’s 20-7 win over the Colts. “As a result they are playing faster. So we are trying to make plays and get turnovers, and that’s the easiest way to win a game.

Up Next: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (0-2)


NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-0)

Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 2 (28 Rush, 1 Pass) & No. 29 (T28 Rush, 22 Pass)

Turnover Department: T4 (+2)

The Skinny: Tom Brady is playing at an absurd level right now, completing 69.2% of his passes with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions. He carved up the Bills last week and the Pats are averaging a ho-hum 34 points a game. The defense also racked up eight sacks of Tyrod Taylor and the Pats have a league-high 11 heading into the weekend.

They Said It: Good read by Boston Globe writer Michael Whitmer about the ageless Brady.

“He’s a tremendous worker. He spends the entire year preparing his body and his mind, and I would go so far as to say some of his emotions and those types of things that we have to put into this job and he has to put into it as a player,” says Pats offensive coordinator Josh McDaniel of Brady. “He spends a huge chunk of time getting himself prepared and ready to do the things that he wants to do.”

Up Next: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1)


BUFFALO BILLS (1-1)

Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 15 (3 Rush, 27 Pass) & No. 28 (2 Rush, 31 Pass)

Turnover Department:T4 (+2)

The Skinny: The Bills jumped out of the gates fast against the Pats, taking a 7-0 lead. But then the Pats responded with 21 straight and Rex Ryan’s club could never get out of the hole. While the Bills defense allowed 507 yards of offense and the team was penalized 14 times for 140 yards, QB Tyrod Taylor totaled 4 TDs (3 Pass & 1 Rush).

They Said It: Buffalo News reporter Vic Carucci examined whether the Patriots gave future Bills’ opponents a blueprint to beat that vaunted pass rush.

“You’ve got to keep coming,” said DT Marcell Dareus after Tom Brady averaged 1.97 seconds before his release.  “You can’t get flustered … Even if they get rid of the ball fast, you’ve still got to keep going because the next play, you might get a chance to get through there.”

Up Next: @ Miami Dolphins (1-1)



MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-1)

Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 24 (30 Rush & 10 Pass), No. 23 (27 Rush & 16 Pass)

Turnover Department: T10 (+1)

The Skinny: Ryan Tannehill is off to a solid start, completing 67% of his passes with zero interceptions. Tannehill has a large group of new targets in Greg Jennings, Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Jordan Cameron. But the Dolphins have struggled getting the ground game going and the secondary fell victim to some big plays in a loss to the Jaguars./p>

They Said It: After splitting a pair on the road, the Dolphins return home for the first time this weekend.  Dolphins.com lead writer Alain Poupart had this quote about Miami head coach Joe Philbin’s message to his players.

“You’ve got to have faith in the process,” Philbin said. “The NFL is a long season. We’ve all made mistakes. Nothing is perfect. It wasn’t last week when we won. It’s not perfect today. We can’t play the roller-coaster ride.”

Up Next: vs. Buffalo Bills (1-1)



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