Around the AFC East: Week 4

Posted Sep 29, 2015

Pats Roll into Their Bye, Dolphins & Jets Set to Clash Across the Pond


Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 1 (24 Rush, 1 Pass) & No. 19 (23 Rush, 18 Pass)

Turnover Department: T6 (+3)

The Skinny: The Patriots are second in the NFL in scoring (39.7 points a game) and their defense is tied for first in sacks (13). At his current pace, Tom Brady would throw for close to 6,000 yards and 50 TDs. But they won’t win this weekend – the Pats have an early bye.

They Said It: You would think the last thing Brady would want right now is a week off. But Boston Globe reporter Jim McBride writes that the future HOF is quite pleased with an open slate as his sister is getting married

“You can always take a positive out of the bye week,’’ said Rob Gronkowski. “Work hard, get your body right, get your strength back in the weight room, and just stay conditioned. Just rest, let your muscles chill, and do what you’ve got to do to be ready for the next game.’’

Up Next: Bye


Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 21 (18 Rush, 19 Pass) & No. 4 (18 Rush, 4 Pass)

Turnovers: T2 (+5)

The Skinny: As the Jets put their 24-17 loss to the Eagles to bed, the team brought in a sleep specialist before their Week 4 overseas matchup with the Dolphins. The Green & White, who expect to have Chris Ivory back in the lineup on Sunday, would also get a boost if Eric Decker can return as well.  Brian Winters takes over for Willie Colon (knee) at RG.

They Said It: “It's just as important not to overreact for a loss as it is to a win," said head coach Todd Bowles. "We didn't overreact to the two wins, we're not going to overreact to the one loss."

Up Next: @ Miami Dolphins (1-2) Game Will Be Played in London


Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 11 (1 Rush, 24 Pass) & No. 30 (1 Rush, 31 Pass)

Turnover Department: T2 (+5)

The Skinny: Both RB Sammy Watkins (calf) and RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) are banged-up, but QB Tyrod Taylor has performed well while completing 74.4% of his passes with 7 TD and 3 INT. Rookie RB Karlos Williams already has 3 TDs on the ground and is averaging 7.8 yards a carry.

They Said It: Leo Roth, a longtime columnist for the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, says Buffalo is getting a number of contributions from 1st-year Bills:

“Newcomers Charles Clay, Percy Harvin, Richie Incognito, Tyrod Taylor, Ron Darby, Karlos Williams and McCoy — players who came to Buffalo with either character, contract or experience concerns — each made a significant contribution. If you still think Taylor isn’t anything special, you probably think cell phones will never catch on.”

Up Next: vs. NY Giants (1-2)


Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 19 (T27 Rush, 10 Pass) & No. 26 (31 Rush, 17 Pass)

Turnover Department: T20 (-2)

The Skinny: The Dolphins jumped into division play with a thud, falling 41-14 to the Bills at home. Last season, the Dolphins started 1-2 and then flipped momentum with a 38-14 trouncing of the Raiders in London. These Dolphins have started slow in each of their three games and have consistently played from behind. A talented defensive front has only racked up one sack in three games while the Dolphins offensive line has had trouble protecting Ryan Tannehill.

They Said It: Miami Herald reporter Adam Beasley says Dolphins coach Joe Philbin is trying to find the answers within the building. 

“We’re not getting 53 new players, we’re not getting 24 new coaches in here,” Philbin said. “We’re either going to find the solutions to these problems or not. And we’re either going to stick together or we’re not. This is not a time for me to panic.

“Certainly, there are things on the film that aren’t acceptable to me, they’re not acceptable to Steve [Ross], they’re not acceptable to the players, the coaches, the fans. It’s up to me to get it corrected. And that’s what we’re going to do.”

Up Next: vs. New York Jets (2-1) Game Will Be Played in London


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