NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-0)
Offense/Defense Rankings:No. 2 (27 Rush, 2 Pass) & No. 13 (2 Rush, 22 Pass)
Turnover Department: No. 5 (6)
The Skinny: Stephen Gostkowski has made 30 straight field goals including a 54-yard boot to give the Pats a thrilling 27-26 victory over the Giants. After turning the ball over three times in their first seven games, the Pats have turned it over four times the past two contests. But the Patriots are a consistent bunch, having scored in all-time NFL best 35 consecutive quarters.
They Said It:ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday night that wideout Julian Edelman broke a bone in his foot and will undergo surgery Monday. "Keshawn Martin is still obviously a good player for us and hopefully coming back here soon," said QB Tom Brady during his weekly appearance on WEEI's Dennis and Callahan show. "I've got a lot of confidence in Brandon LaFell. (Danny Amendola's) role has been very different from what Julian's has been for us, so I just think they're a little different type of players. Certainly, Julian has been incredible for us. Incredible. Danny's had a great year this year and really continued from what he finished last year."
Up Next: vs. Buffalo (5-4)
NEW YORK JETS (5-4)
Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 12 (13 Rush, 20 Pass) & No. 4 (1 Rush, 9 Pass)
Turnovers: No. 11 (3)
The Skinny: While the Green & White have lost three of four, they did get Chris Ivory (18-99, 135 total yards) back in rhythm against the Bills and DE Muhammad Wilkerson racked up two sacks. Wilkerson leads the club with seven sacks and the team has racked up 10 the past two games.
They Said It: Head coach Todd Bowles says different areas have let the Jets down each week. "I thought we made some mistakes each game and each game differently. I don't know if we regressed," he said. "We had a lot more success early on and the stats looked good and everything, but I'm not a stat guy. We have to get better every week, and I don't think we've gotten better in certain areas, and different areas let us down each week."
Up Next: @ Houston (3-5)
BUFFALO BILLS (5-4)
Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 23 (2 Rush, 29 Pass) & No. 15 (9 Rush, 18 Pass)
Turnover Department: T6 (5)
The Skinny: The Bills are in the midst of a daunting three-game road trip. And since the start of the 2011 season, only one team out of 20 (the Bengals in 2011) has accomplished a rare sweep. After escaping MetLife with a victory over the Jets, the Bills stay in the division and will face the Patriots on Monday Night.
They Said It: If the Bills plan on extending their win streak to three, they'll need their most complete game of the season. "Especially against New England, you don't have to be perfect. You almost … you got to be pretty darn close to perfect," said Bills head coach Rex Ryan. "And Brady may have to have an off day. Something has to give. You have to make it to where it's difficult for him and we got to have a great game."
Up Next: @ New England (9-0)
MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-5)
Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 19 (19 Rush, 17 Pass) & No. 26 (31 Rush, 20 Pass)
Turnover Department: No. 23 (-3)
The Skinny: The Dolphins scored a gritty victory in Philadelphia, overcoming a 16-3 deficit in a 20-19 win. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was dominant while registering eight tackles, three tackles for loss and a sack. Rookie RB Jay Ajayi continues to run hard and the Dolphins have a talented tandem emerging with Lamar Miller still handling the bulk of the work.
They Said It: Armando Salguero, a Miami Herald columnist, says the Dolphins were in survival mode and he quoted from one of the stars from their slugfest. "It's huge because who wants to be 3-6?" Brice McCain, one of three Miami players who left the game injured and didn't return, said afterward. "To be 4-5 is being treated as just another win because we're taking it step by step. But I think this win was very big because we're tired of losing. We're just tired of losing as a team."
Up Next: vs. Dallas (2-7)