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0-3. This, in turn, allowed the Patriots to take a two-point lead over their
closest competitor in the division, the Miami Dolphins. Let’s find out how this
week went down in the latest edition of the AFC East Report:1. New England
Patriots (5-2)Week 7: 38-31 win against the Chicago Bears, in Chicago ILTo watch
highlights of the game, click here.2. Miami Dolphins (4-3)Week 7: 32-21 loss
against the Detroit Lions, in Miami Gardens FLThe Miami Dolphins saw backup
quarterback Brock Osweiler (22/31, 239 yds, 2 TDs) play another solid game in
place of the injured Ryan Tannehill, but they still lost their third contest in
four weeks to fall another game behind the Patriots. The reasons for that? A
defense that was susceptible to the big play, failed to get off the field in
critical situations, and allowed its opponent to run all over it. The offense,
meanwhile, took to long to get into a rhythm.While the home team opened the game
with a three-and-out, the Detroit Lions were able to march right down the field
to take a 7-0 lead. With Miami unable to get much going on its next two drives
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, the visitors went up 10-0
early in the second quarter. At that point, Adam Gase’s team finally woke up and
went on an 11-play drive that covered 77 yards and ended with a touchdown pass
from Osweiler to Kenny Stills (1/5 yds, 1 TD).With momentum on their side, the
Dolphins surrendered another big touchdown drive to their opponent and therefore
went into halftime down 17-7. Coming out of the locker rooms, Miami’s defense
was unable to hang with the Detroit offense: the team scored on all four of its
possessions in the second half. It started with a field goal, which was answered
with a long touchdown run by Kenyan Drake (6/72 yds, 1 TD).Detroit, however,
responded with a touchdown drive of its own and after another Miami punt
increased its lead to 15 points. The Dolphins’ third touchdown of the day – a
24-yard pass from Osweiler to ex-Patriot Danny Amendola (6/84 yds, 1 TD) –
brought back hope of a comeback but Miami’s inability to force a punt came back
to haunt the team once again: after another Lions field goal, the team was down
11 with under two minutes to go.The Dolphins ended the game with a missed field
goal attempt and have now quickly crashed back to earth after their 3-0 start.
While the team is still very much in the race for the division title or a wild
card playoff spot, it is undoubtably trending downwards. Maybe Tannehill’s
return – which will not come this week – will help turn the team’s fortunes
around again.To watch highlights of the game, click here.3. New York Jets
(3-4)Week 7: 37-17 loss against the Minnesota Vikings, in East Rutherford
NJComing off back-to-back wins, the Jets were blown out at home by the visiting
Minnesota Vikings. While New York was able to keep the game close through the
first half – mainly because of a solid defensive performance – the team failed
to keep up with the Vikings over the final 30 minutes and has now fallen back
below .500 due to self-inflicted mistakes and inconsistent offensive play.The
contest started badly for the home team as it took Minnesota just four plays to
reach the end zone and go up 7-0. In the meantime Adrian
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, the team’s offense started
slowly and had to punt on its first two possessions – luckily for New York, the
defense was able to settle down after giving up the early touchdown. This, in
turn, allowed the Jets to tie the game late in the first quarter on a scoring
pass from Sam Darnold (17/42, 206 yds, 1 TD, 3 INTs) to Chris Herndon (4/42 yds,
1 TD).A field goal after a short punt allowed the Vikings to get back on top
early in the second period. At that point, the game turned into a defensive
showdown with neither team being able to string together plays. While New York’s
offense struggled and turned the football over on a lost fumble by Darnold, its
defense – aided by a missed Minnesota field goal attempt – was able to keep the
contest close.Coming out of halftime down a mere three points, the Jets quickly
fell apart. Following a punt on the first drive, the Vikings not only scored
their second touchdown of the day they also picked off Darnold to set up a field
goal. Down 20-7, the Jets added a field goal of their own but the momentum would
firmly stay on the visitors’ side: Minnesota scored another touchdown early in
the fourth period to went up by 17.A quarterback sneak by Darnold made it a
two-possession game again, but the Jets failed to make the game any closer: two
more interceptions led to 10 more Vikings points to put the game out of reach.
Ultimately, New York had its moments but in between them made to many errors to
stay competitive for 60 minutes.To watch highlights of the game Kenny
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, click here.4. Buffalo Bills
(2-5)Week 7: 37-5 loss against the Indianapolis Colts, in Indianapolis INWith
starting quarterback Josh Allen out due to an elbow injury – one that will also
force him to miss next Monday’s game against the Patriots – the Buffalo Bills
turned to Derek Anderson (20/31, 175 yds, 3 INTs) over former second-stringer
Nathan Peterman. The results were still bad: while Buffalo’s offense was already
inconsistent with Allen and even worse with Peterman at the helm, Anderson did
little to help the unit.What also hurt the Bills was starting running back
LeSean McCoy (2/1 yd) suffering a concussion on just his second play of the day.
Despite that, Buffalo was able to hold its game against the Indianapolis Colts
close for the first 15 minutes. However, the scoreless tie was broken early in
the second period with a Colts touchdown. Just five plays later, the Bills
turned the football over when Charles Clay (3/14 yds) lost a fumble.The give
away set up the home team’s second touchdown of the day – and it was far from
done. After a Bills three-and-out, Indianapolis again sliced through Sean
McDermott’s defense: marching 82 yards in nine plays, the Colts were able to
score their third touchdown of the second quarter. Following an interception by
Anderson, Indianapolis added three more points to take a 24-0 halftime
lead.Coming out of the half, the Bills produced their best drive of a day: the
team went 56 yards in 12 plays to get on the scoreboard with a Steven Hauschka
(1/1) field goal. Late in the third quarter, Buffalo was able to add two more
points via a safety. Cutting the deficit to 19 points can be seen as the team’s
high point of the day as the team went back to full collapse mode as soon as the
fourth quarter started.Just two plays into the final period, Anderson lost a
fumble. Three plays later, the Colts scored another touchdown to go up 31-5. A
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quarterback’s third pick of the day did not change anything but Indianapolis’
fantasy points. T’was a bad day for the Patriots’ next opponent.To watch
highlights of the game, click here.Week 2 Monday Night Football Seahawks vs
Bears: Patriots rooting guide, broadcast information, open thread After a
lackluster performance yesterday, the New England Patriots are already on to
their next game. But while the team has set its sights on the Detroit Lions –
and apparently wide receiver Josh Gordon even before that –, the NFL’s second
week is not yet over: tonight, the Chicago Bears will host the Seattle Seahawks
in a battle of two winless teams.Here’s what you need to know about the
matchup:Broadcast informationTime: 8:15 p.m. ETLocation: Soldier Field, Chicago
ILTelevision: ESPNOnline stream: WatchESPNPatriots rooting guideWhile both teams
are playing in the NFC and therefore have minimal impact on the Patriots’ 2018
season as it stands right now, New England still has a clear rooting interest
with the future in mind: during this year’s draft, the Patriots traded away
their second-round selection to the Bears in exchange for two draft picks – one
of them Chicago’s 2019 second-rounder. Naturally, the Patriots want this pick to
come as early as possible on day two and a Seahawks win tonight should help. Go
Seattle!Use this as the open thread for discussion.
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