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It’s a big weekend for the AFC East as all four teams find themselves in hugely influential games that could all prove pivotal to the outcome of the division this year. But who will come out on top?

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

New England are back – if last week’s Bengals blow out is anything to go by. Brady and Belichick have proved once again that the worst thing you can do in the NFL is to write off the Patriots! In one game they more than doubled their yardage for the season and seemed to have got back into full swing. So they should have this week’s, and the division, in the bag now...right?

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Wrong. If we learned last week that there’s still life in Brady yet then we should also be have noticed that the Bills should not be underestimated either.

As Sunday’s fourth quarter kicked off in Detroit, the Bills were 6-14 down and deservedly so. The Detroit defence had easily smothered a Bills offence that was offering next to nothing. Kyle Orton looked confused at best and Buffalo’s running game just simply wasn’t inventive enough to find any break through. I had completely written them off!

And then out of nowhere came an impressive 42-yard throw from Orton caught by Flash Goodwin – and the resulting play saw a routinely converted touchdown catch by Craig Gragg. And Fred Jackson subsequently caught

the coveted extra point to tie the game before Dan Carpenter converted a field
goal attempt with nine seconds to play.

Of course they’ll be facing sterner opposition this week in the Patriots but if they can turn it on in the flick of the switch this one could go down to the wire! And more importantly, if the Bills come out on top then their claim to the AFC East title will get a whole lot stronger!

Green Bay Packers at Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins have had their week’s rest since their domination in London – and more importantly Ryan Tannehill has no excuse for not turning up now as we’ve all seen has the skill set to be a top quarterback! Knowshon Moreno is hoping to return for this one too and if he can replicate his early season form then the Dolphins should hopefully compete in this one. A win would see them overtake the loser of the all AFC East showdown in Buffalo and keep the division locked in a tight three horse race. But beating the Pack
when Aaron Rodgers is on top form could prove a tough task.

Denver Broncos at New York Jets

If it’s crunch time for anyone, it’s crunch time for the NewYork Jets more than anyone else. Lose this game and they’ll be 1-5 for the season and that should be the final nail in the coffin of any hopes of the play-offs. With Peyton and the Broncs in good form and the fact that JJ Watt has more touchdowns than all of the Jets’ wide receivers do combined I’m worried for the Jets points against tally ahead of this one!

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