Around the AFC East: Week 17

Pats Look to Lock Up No. 1 Seed While It’s Win and They’re In for the Jets


Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 4 (29 Rush, 2 Pass) & No. 7 (8 Rush, 11 Pass)
Turnover Department: No. 6 (7)
The Skinny: The defending Super Bowl champions clinch homefield advantage with a win/tie against Miami or a Denver loss/tie against San Diego.
They Said It: Tom Brady wants the road to San Francisco to run through Gillette Stadium.  "It's a great goal for us to be the No. 1 seed."
Up Next: @ Miami (5-10)

Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 8 (11 Rush, 11 Pass) & No. 6 (1 Rush, 16 Pass)
Turnovers: No. 5 (8)
The Skinny:  The Jets' official Twitter handle has the scenario down. #WinAndWereIn. (The Green & White also would get in with a Pittsburgh loss/tie against, but we digress.)
They Said It: Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has thrown for 29 TD with only 12 INT, is 276 yards shy of 4,000. "I think the belief has always been there just because we see the way that everybody works week-in and week-out and we see the talent level on this team. I think that the belief has been there from day one and it hasn't wavered.
Up Next: @ Buffalo (7-8)

Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 11 (1 Rush, 27 Pass) & No. 20 (15 Rush, 23 Pass)
Turnover Department: T10 (4)
The Skinny: Sammy Watkins needs 89 yards in the season finale to reach 1,000, but the talented receiver figures to see a lot of Jets CB Darrelle Revis. Tyrod Taylor threw Watkins' way seven times in the teams' first meeting, but they only connected three times for 14 yards.
They Said It: Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula voiced his support of the football front office in a statement this week. "As our first full season as owners of the Buffalo Bills draws to a close, management, coaches, players, and fans all feel that our expectations were not met."
"Kim, Russ and I look forward to working and collaborating with Doug Whaley and Rex Ryan in forming a winning future for the organization.  Our management team and coaching staff are very capable and work well together.  This stable foundation is necessary to achieve long term success in the NFL."
Up Next: vs. NY Jets (10-5)

Offense/Defense Rankings: No. 27 (27 Rush, 22 Pass) & No. 27 (30 Rush, 24 Pass)
Turnover Department: No. 20 (-3)
The Skinny: Ryan Tannehill was sacked six times in the Dolphins' 18-12 loss to the Colts. Tannehill has been sacked 44 times this season and an NFL-high 183 times since entering the league in 2012.
They Said It: "We got one week, we got one game and this is it for 2015," said interim Dolphins head coach Dan Campbell. "(Give) all you got one time. Let's try to finish with a good taste in our mouth one time. Whatever is left, at least have somewhat of a good feeling as much as you can. It ain't gonna be a good feeling but it could be better if you get a win going into the offseason."
Up Next: vs. New England (12-3)

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