The 2015 – 2016 NFL season is among us, already in mid-season form. To many people, the football season begins now. While some teams are battling with the injury bug, other teams are looking to crack down and push their way into playoff competition.
Meanwhile, in the AFC East the competition is what most anticipated. Almost every year New England leads their division allowing their playoff birth much sooner than later.The Patriots may still be undefeated, but the acquisitions that the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and the Buffalo Bills have made only makes the AFC East division much more competitive than previous years.
New England Patriots (7-0)
The New England Patriots have their foot on the gas and are playing to eliminate any team in their way. Even with the subtraction of cornerback Darrelle Revis, the drama surrounding Tom Brady and the Patriots organization, the Patriots still continue to do their job, aiming for another perfect regular season like they had in 2007. Yet, that is the least of their concerns as Bill Belichick would say, “We have a lot of work to do, we’re onto Washington.”
Miami Dolphins (3-4)
The Miami Dolphins started the season in a slump, which later led to bigger changes. Losing the season opener to the Buffalo Bills and a week later losing to another divisional opponent screamed out that a change needed to be made. This led to head coach Joe Philbin’s dismissal and former NFL player Dan Cambell being called up to become the current interim head coach. Cambell has been a success leading his team to a 2-1 record, only losing to the undefeated Patriots. The players seem to enjoy Cambell’s coaching techniques and the player-to-coach relationship they can have with him. It’s good for the sport, it’s good for the team and now the Miami Dolphins are looking to turn their season around.
New York Jets (4-3)
Over in New York is where a handful of players decided to take their talents this Summer. This season, some big named key players such as Brandon Marshall and Darrelle Revis joined the Jets. The team was looking to give their offense and defense significant boosts to help contend in the growing AFC East. Bumps and bruises from the quarterback position have slowed down the team a bit. However, the defense of the Jets is the main core of this team allowing only 19.9 points per game and allowing only just 2,150 yards against them, just under the NFL best. Statistically the Jets defense is ranked 2nd behind the Denver Broncos. The Jets will most likely look to bring the Patriots their most stiff competition in the AFC east.
Buffalo Bills (3-4)
The new look Buffalo Bills are another team that people should be enjoying watching perform this season. Going with the tide of the rest of their division, the Bills have also made many changes for their season acquiring a handful of fantastic players. The Bills also have a new look at head coach. Rex Ryan, who kept local, moved from the New York Jets to the Buffalo Bills. He may not have moved far but Ryan, getting his second chance as a head coach, is looking to move his new team in a winning direction. The Bills are traveling among the rest of the pack in their division.