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AFC East Report: Week 2

Let's take a look around the division.

Ordinary Joe.
Ordinary Joe.
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The New England Patriots find themselves in familiar territory. After beating the Buffalo Bills 40-32 on the road, the team improved to 2-0 and now sits atop the AFC's East. How did the rest of the division fare in week two, though? Let's find out.

t-1. New York Jets (2-0)

Week 2: win (20-7 against the Indianapolis Colts, in Indianapolis IN)

For the first time since 2011, the New York Jets start a season 2-0. The first big play of the game was a sign of things to come: safety Calvin Pryor intercepted Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (21/37, 250 yds, 1 TD, 3 INTs) and on the next drive, Ryan Fitzpatrick (22/34, 244 yds, 2 TDs, 1 INT) hit Eric Decker (8/97 yds, 1 TD) from six yards out to give New York a 7-0 lead. While the Jets were unspectacular on offense, they did enough to win the game by doing the one thing the home team was unable to do: limit mistakes. Except for a second-quarter interception, New York did not turn the ball over. The Colts, on the other hand, had five giveaways, 11 accepted penalties and missed their only field goal attempt of the night. Pryor, Marcus Gilchrist and Darrelle Revis combined to intercept Luck three times, while Revis also added two fumble recoveries (one off Luck, one off running back Frank Gore at the goal line). The defense was opportunistic and took advantage of some bad play by the home team, and thus never allowed Indianapolis to gain momentum in a game that was close until a touchdown-interception-field goal sequence in the fourth quarter helped secure the victory for the Jets.

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t-3. Buffalo Bills (1-1)

Week 2: loss (40-32 against the New England Patriots, in Orchard Park NY)

Pats Pulpit is already in the process of analyzing this game.

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t-3. Miami Dolphins (1-1)

Week 2: loss (23-20 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in Jacksonville FL)

The Dolphins needed a defensive stop but they couldn't get it. With 1:48 left in the game the Jaguars took over possession at their own 24-yard line and marched straight down the field in seven plays. With 43 seconds left, the home team kicked the game-winning field goal. Miami now sits at 1-1; tied for 2nd place in the AFC East. The Dolphins and Jaguars were equals for most of the day but the little things made the difference. Like rookie kicker Andrew Franks missing a 42-yard field goal attempt late in the second quarter, or the Dolphins' defense struggling to cover receiver Allen Robinson (6/155 yds, 2 TDs), or the team being too reliant on quarterback Ryan Tannehill (30/44, 359, 2 TDs). The four-year veteran played a good game and displayed some encouraging chemistry with wideouts Rishard Matthews (6/115 yds) and Jarvis Landry (8/110 yds), but was unable to overcome the near-absence of a running game (42 yards on 16 carries). Miami was one-dimensional on offense and was uneven while defending Jacksonville's well-balanced attack. The defense had some good moments – 3rd down percentage (35%), tackles for loss (5) – and some bad ones – zero sacks, 396 yards given up. Ultimately, the Dolphins just couldn't make enough plays in all three phases of the game to leave Jacksonville with a win.

To watch highlights of the game, click here.