Entering the final game of the regular season, the New England Patriots are right where most expected them to be. With a win over the Jets on Sunday, they’ll be exactly where they expected to be. The Pats locked up the AFC East weeks ago and can clinch the No. 1 seed and home field advantage with a win over New York on Sunday. The Pats put themselves in the driver’s seat with a win over the Steelers two weeks ago and didn’t let down in pounding the Bills last Sunday to inch closer to the top seed.
Back in Week 6 the Pats used the help of a video review that overturned a Jets touchdown and overcame a 14-0 first half deficit to get the win, setting off a series of events that changed the landscape of the division. Both teams entered that earlier contest with identical 3-2 records and were playing for the division lead. New England sputtered out of the gate and looked vulnerable, but they got their swagger back and have lost just once since that first meeting.
It’s been a different story for the Jets, who overachieved early in the season. Several players felt they let that game get away, but the reality is the Jets weren’t as good as many thought after their fast start. The Jets have gone the other way since that first contest, winning just twice while falling into last place. They also lost their quarterback when Josh McCown went down with a busted hand a few weeks back. Bryce Petty hasn’t done much to give the New York faithful hope and it’s possible we could have a Christian Hackenberg sighting as the Jets try to figure out a direction with the most important position.
Still alive for a playoff berth, the Bills need to beat the Dolphins and pray. A Baltimore loss or losses by the Chargers and Titans will end Buffalo’s 17-year playoff drought, which is the fifth-longest in league history. The Fins had their postseason hopes dashed two weeks ago with a loss to the Bills in Buffalo. They would love to return the favor and extend the Bills’ playoff-less skid for at least another season.
New England Patriots (Clinched)
1. New England Patriots ( 12-3 SU, 10-5 ATS, 7-8 O/U )
2. Buffalo Bills ( 8-7 SU, 8-6-1 ATS, 8-7 O/U )
3. Miami Dolphins ( 6-9 SU, 5-8-2 ATS, 8-7 O/U )
4. New York Jets ( 5-10 SU, 9-5-1 ATS, 8-7 O/U )
Jets at Patriots ( -15, 43 ), Sunday, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Bills at Dolphins ( +2.5, 42.5 ), Sunday, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
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No team has longer odds to win the Super Bowl than the New York Jets. Whereas every other team has at least some optimism or something to look forward to this season, Jets fans already know this season is going to be abysmal. They are a staggering 80-1 to win their division, but no one is comfortable enough backing this team despite the long odds. It surely seems like this will be Todd Bowles last year in charge unless he can conjure up a miracle. Continue
It’s been 17 seasons since the Buffalo Bills last made the playoffs. Over that stretch, the Bills have had nine different head coaches in charge for at least one game and no coach has lasted longer than three seasons on the job. It doesn’t help to be in the same division as the Patriots, but while the Jets and Dolphins have made the postseason occasionally, the Bills have nothing to show for it. Buffalo fans are hoping this could finally be the year. Continue
Adam Gase’s career as a head coach is off to a bang. Gase led the Miami Dolphins to the postseason for the first time in a decade in his debut campaign and fans in south Florida are excited for what’s to come. However, they shouldn’t be surprised if this team takes a step back record wise in 2017. Miami had a negative point differential last season and was in the middle of the pack in most offensive and defensive categories. Continue
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