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As most of us like to think, the AFC East should revolve around the Miami Dolphins. Sadly, we have to put up with three other teams to make it to the playoffs, the New England Patriots, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills.
A recap of last year. We lost both times to the Patriots. We beat the Bills in both meetings and we split with the Jets. However, who doesn't remember that second Jets game. Keeping them out of the playoffs, in the final regular season game, was bitter sweet.
So let's take a look at what these other three teams did this weekend.
New England Patriots
The Patriots squared off with the Tennesee Titans, led by Jake Locker. As usual, Tom Brady looked sharp but could have had better numbers if it weren't for dropped passes. Brady went 22/31, 236 yards, and 2 touchdowns. There's not much to say on Brady. He suffered a bloody nose after getting hit one play, but that's it. I cannot wait for this guy to retire.
What's even more surprising is Steven Ridley. He ran for 125 yards on 21 carries. I've rarely seen the Patriots run the ball as much. They're usually a: pass, pass, pass, TD, team.
The Patriots won 34 - 13. The Patriots defense played surprisingly well after poor season last year. The Patriots' defense looks much different with rookies Dont'a Hightower and Chandler Jones. Hightower had a tackle for loss and scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery. Jones had a sack.
As usual, the Patriots will be a tough team to beat. They play the Arizona Cardinals next.
New York Jets
Uhhhhh...wow. After barely going the preseason touchdownless. The Jets put up 48 points, with Sparano at the helm of the offense. The Jets set a franchise record for points scored in a season opener. Mark Sanchez threw for 266 yards, completing 19/27, for 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception. Overall, he looked pretty comfortable in the new offensive scheme.
The rookie, Stephen Hill, scored 2 touchdowns from Sanchez. I wasn't amazed by the one because he jumped and let the ball into his body. To me, that shows your not comfortable with your hands. However, there's no denying that Hill put on a good debut for the Jets.
Shonne Greene ran for 94 yards on 27 carries, with a touchdown.
The Jets defense allowed Fitzpatrick to throw for 3 touchdowns. I'd say that is pretty bad for a good defense to allow a mediocre quarterback to throw that many TD's. But the Jets defense has 3 interceptions, one going back for a touchdown by Antonio Cromartie. The defense suffered a scare in the mid-fourth quarter. Darrelle Revis was forced out of the game after getting kicked in the head by Bart Scott, accidentaly. Revis showed no concussion symptoms and should be active for their week 2 game.
For all you Tebow lovers, he had 5 rushes for 11 yards.
The Jets play the Pittsburgh Steelers next. Will the Jets offense pull out another solid performance against a tough Steeler defense?
After the end of the 2011 season, the Bufflo Bills stated that lingering rib injuries were the reason why Ryan Fitzpatrick declined. Although he threw 3 touchdowns, he also threw 3 interceptions and went 18 - 32 for 195 yards. Fitzpatrick is very inconsistent. Starting the season out like this can only make you wonder, when will the Bills realise he is not the future. Bomb for Barkley?
If things couldn't have got any worse, starting running back, Fred Jackson, left with a Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) injury. I have no clue what that means, but it sounds bad. Maybe it's not, I don't know. A bright spot though was the play of backup, C.J. Spiller. Spiller rushed 14 times for 169 yards and a touchdown. Why didn't I draft Spiller in fantasy?
As stated above, the Jets scored 48 points. Is the Jets defense for real? Or is the Bills defense that terrible? Only time will tell. The Bills play the Kansas City Chiefs next.
New York Jets (1 - 0)
New England Patriots (1 - 0)
Buffalo Bills (0 - 1)
Miami Dolphins (0 - 1)