NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-1)
Offense/Defense Rankings:No. 2*(29 Rush, 1 Pass) & No. 16 (T10 Rush, 19 Pass) *Turnover Department:T4 (6) The Skinny:The pursuit of perfection ended in overtime on a picturesque snowy Sunday night in Denver. While it was uncommon to see the Pats surrender a fourth quarter 14-point lead, the game's outcome was overshadowed by Rob Gronkowski's knee injury. Tom Brady lined up in the extra session behind a banged-up O-line and without Dion Lewis, Julian Edelman, Danny Amendola and Gronk.
"Could have coached better, could have played better," said Bill Belichick after the loss. "But guys really played hard, I have all the respect in the world for this football team. The way they competed. Disappointed in the result, but we'll get back to work this week and get ready for Philadelphia." They Said It: ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter has been all over the Gronkowski story. As of late Monday morning, the Schefter scoop has been positive for Pats fans.
Up Next: vs. Philadelphia (4-7)
NEW YORK JETS (6-5)
Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 14 (14 Rush, 20 Pass) & No. 3 (1 Rush, 12 Pass)
Turnovers: T6 (4)
The Skinny: After winning four games in 2014, the Jets will be playing meaningful football in December. One of five AFC teams with a 6-5 record, the Jets currently place 7th in the AFC standings. Sporting a trimmed-up beard, Ryan Fitzpatrick lit up the Dolphins secondary Sunday while throwing for 4 TDs in a 38-20 win. The Jets defense yielded a franchise-low 12 yards on the ground in the dominant victory as the Green & White completed the season-series sweep.
They Said It: Brandon Marshall is 69 yards shy of his eighth 1,000-yard receiving season in nine years. Marshall torched the Dolphins on Sunday, collecting nine receptions for 131 yards and he scored a pair of touchdowns. Marshall is on pace for 1,354 yards and that would be second highest output of his career.
"What you saw today was our potential, what we're capable of doing," Marshall said. "Now the mission is to do it every play, every game and we'll see what happens."
"Everything we want is right in front of us," added tone-setting S Calvin Pryor. "We just have to keep winning, control our own destiny, and hopefully something good happens."
Up Next: @ NY Giants (5-6)
BUFFALO BILLS (5-6)
Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 19 (5 Rush, 28 Pass) & No. 19 (14 Rush, T22 Pass)
Turnover Department: T9 (3)
The Skinny: The Bills looked to be in great shape in Kansas City, jumping out to a 16-7 lead late in the second quarter as they amassed 296 yards of offense and Sammy Watkins had six catches for 158 yards and 2 TDs. But Watkins didn't have a catch in the second half and the Bills were outscored 23-6 down the stretch.
They Said It: Buffalo News senior reporter Vic Carucci says the Bills defense wasn't up to the challenge against an Alex Smith-led attack that totaled 413 yards.
"They allowed Smith, who was sacked only once and never hit, to burn them with 19 completions in 35 attempts for 255 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The bottom line is that they had no answers on defense for an offense that wasn't spectacular, just efficient. Once again, the Bills demonstrated that their defense isn't elite."
Up Next: vs. Houston (6-5)
MIAMI DOLPHINS (4-7)
Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 26 (27 Rush, 17 Pass) & No. 28 (31 Rush, 21 Pass)
Turnover Department: T23 (-4)
The Skinny: The Dolphins fired offensive coordinator Bill Lazor on Monday and QB coach Zac Taylor will take over the position for the team's final five games. The Dolphins have scored more than 20 points in just two contests and interim head coach Dan Campbell called it "anemic" before the team departed MetLife Stadium on Sunday. Before a third quarter conversion, Miami had gone 0-20 on third downs against the Jets this season.
They Said It: Talented wideout Jarvis Landry's 13 catches were the second-highest total by a Dolphins player in franchise history. Landry also established a career-high with 165 yards receiving.
"I'm an optimistic thinker," Landry said. "We have to continue to believe in ourselves. We have to find a win first. Then we can try to build some confidence and momentum on the back end of the season.
Up Next: vs. Baltimore (3-7)
Photos from Sunday's Divisional Matchup Against Miami