December 13, 2010
Miami's AFC East rivals each dealt a final blow to the Fins Sunday afternoon: The Buffalo Bills (4-10) handed the Fins a loss, the New England Patriots (12-2) clinched the division title and the New York Jets (10-2) secured the second spot in the division as they seek a Wildcard berth.
That leaves the Dolphins as third best within their own division with only two games left in the season. Let's take a brief look at the state of the AFC East:
Patriots Still Number One
Even after winning three NFL titles, Tom Brady has elevated his level of play (perhaps aging for him is like wine, the older the better) and has made his supporting cast better in the process. Beyond that, it's difficult to fathom that the departure of Randy Moss made this team better (it just sounds wrong as I type it). Nevertheless, Bill Belichick continues to be a solid leader in New England, guiding the team toward the promised land just about every season.
Jets Still Hunting
The Jets still have one of the most feared defenses in the NFL meaning that if they were to make the playoffs, they could do some damage. Jets’ fans need to take advantage of their current +2500 Superbowl odds in the sportsbook!
Dolphins Still in Rebuild Mode
Owner Stephen Ross invested a nine-digit figure in the Miami Dolphins with hopes of turning the team into a winner. With that said, the past three seasons have not fulfilled Ross' goals and could be a catalyst for change within the organization.
Bills Remain Irrelevant
Buffalo is "who we thought they were" and earned its lowly spot at the bottom of the AFC East for yet another season. At least the emergence of Ryan Fitzpatrick, Steve Johnson and Fred Jackson have helped Bills fan stay entertained. But the fact remains that this team is still one of the league's worst franchises. Period.
Dol-Fans are cool with that though, they already have the Pats and Jets to worry about in the division race each season.