It took a while and some drama at the beginning of the year to get to this point, but the New England Patriots are a win away from claiming their ninth straight AFC East title. You might recall the madness at the beginning of the season when the Pats were destroyed by Kansas City in the opener and the local media was saying Tom Brady was too old and should be replaced. Those same scribes wanted defensive coordinator Matt Patricia’s head on a platter after New England gave up an average of 32 points per game while going 2-2 through the first four.
Winning is a great deodorant and the Pats have silenced their critics by winning eight straight games. Oh, and Brady and the defense have been largely responsible for putting the Pats on the brink of another division title. At the ripe age of 40 Brady is putting together an MVP-type season, leading the NFL in completions, yards and passer rating while placing second with 26 touchdown passes and just four picks.
And over their winning streak, the Pats haven’t allowed more than 17 points in any game while holding opponents to an average of fewer than 12 points per outing. It’s been quite a turnaround, but not completely unexpected for the defending champs, who were a favorite to repeat this season and just improved their odds over the past few weeks. The little drama that remained in the division was wiped away last week when the Pats knocked off second-place Buffalo.
New England can clinch the division title with a win over the Miami Dolphins on Monday night. The teams met just two weeks in Foxboro with the Pats cruising to a 35-17 win behind Brady’s four scoring passes. A Buffalo loss to Indianapolis on Sunday will also wrap up the title for New England, but even then there’s plenty for the Pats to play for. With the top-seed in the AFC standings still up for grabs, the Pats visit Pittsburgh in Week 15 for showdown that could decide the conference champion.
New England Patriots -10000
Buffalo Bills +1600
Miami Dolphins +6600
New York Jets +10000
1. New England Patriots ( 10-2 SU, 8-4 ATS, 6-6 O/U )
2. Buffalo Bills ( 6-6 SU, 6-5-1 ATS, 6-6 O/U )
3. New York Jets ( 5-7 SU, 7-4-1 ATS, 7-5 O/U )
3. Miami Dolphins ( 5-7 SU, 4-6-2 ATS, 7-5 O/U )
Colts at Bills ( OFF ), Sunday, 1 p.m. ET – CBS
Jets ( -2, 42 ) at Broncos, Sunday, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Patriots at Dolphins ( +11, 47.5 ), Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET – ESPN
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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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