Tuesday, December 31, 2013

H4TV: Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills Show Why they Keep Chasing New England Patriots in the AFC East

by Hal Bent | Posted on Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

The New England Patriots are now on a well-earned bye week as they rest their players and get ready for which team comes to Foxboro, MA on January 11th.  Out of Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Cincinnati (as the number two seed New England cannot face San Diego in this round) the Patriots are guaranteed a tough matchup in the divisional round.  By defeating Buffalo 34-20 on Sunday, the Patriots sent the Bills back to a familiar place: the early stages of the draft in search of the next move to get back to the playoffs. Fortunately for New England the Jets and Dolphins were too inconsistent all season long to challenge in the AFC East and another division title was easily in reach.

The Bills, two years removed from an offseason of reckless spending and being the darlings of the media to knock-off New England, had another season full of disappointment. Despite adding two impact players on defense this offseason–linebacker Jerry Hughes via trade and linebacker Kiko Alonso via the draft–to a superb defensive line (particularly Mario Williams, Kyle Williams, and Marcell Dareus) and a secondary with two young superstars (cornerback Stephon Gilmore and safety Jairus Byrd), the Bills found themselves with double-digit losses.

The Bills have a dynamic young quarterback in E.J. Manuel who just could not stay away from injury and on the field in 2013.  A trio of young wide receivers gives hope that the Bills have an answer for a solution for games when mercurial wide receiver Stevie Johnson does not bring top effort. With two strong running backs the Bills seem to have all the right players but just did not put it together in 2013.

Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins were 8-6 after week fifteen and staring down an almost guaranteed playoff spot...CLICK HERE FOR MUCH MORE: http://www.h4-entertainment.com/2013/12/afc-east-2013/

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