Playoffs?! Don't talk about playoffs! You kidding me.
Yes, it is far too early to be talking playoffs. We're not even through October yet. Still, looking at the standings as we near the half way point of the season, something jumps out at you. Three of the six teams currently holding a playoff spot, belong to the AFC East. The team just outside the bubble fighting for that sixth seed, belongs to the AFC East. That means as we stand, only one team from the division would be left out to watch at home. Also means, the division is up for grabs.
The current rankings are as followed.
1st Seed- Texans
4th Seed- Jets
5th Seed- Patriots
6th Seed- Bills
and out in the 7th spot, Dolphins
Through 6 weeks, the entire division stands at 3-3 thanks to the unlikely loss of New England to the Seattle magic, and the rest of the teams each winning this week. The Jets have the upper hand being 2-0 in the division followed by the Patriots with their win over Buffalo. Miami is 0-1 and Buffalo is 0-2. Miami is going to want to improve those numbers beginning with some payback against NY in two weeks.
For a very long time, the AFC East was consistently one of the most difficult and competitive divisions in the league. Perhaps, after a decade of New England dominance, that is about to be the case once again. As of now the division title is anyone's to take home. And as of now, the division owns the playoff picture. Now is that more in part to the teams in the division, or is the rest of the conference simply declining outside of the top teams. And would anyone in the division really make any noise? Hard to say at this point. The Bills and Jets have been very inconsistent this season, would they stop any of the top tier teams? The Patriots have now lost to Seattle and Arizona, two teams you expect them to beat on name alone yet they still have Brady. Miami has shown they could hang with Houston before shooting themselves in the foot and haven't been blown out or even been down by any large amount since. Either way, we have something worthwhile to watch for over the next few months. For a team that wasn't suppose to be any good, for a team that was 0-6 at this point last year, we're at least very much in the thick of the playoff race for now and not by long shot number games. A week to get healthy and a win over NY could work wonders. But that is far in the future, much can happen before then. For now, we have two weeks to enjoy back to back wins to help remove the bitter taste of back to back OT loses. Here's to hoping the good feelings continue awhile longer.