I wish to try and bring a new segment each week that previews the other games going on in the AFC East. Everyone does a good job of breaking down Miami'd upcoming game, and I hope this segment makes the Phinsider more of one-stop shop to preview not only Miami's next game, but all the upcoming games for the AFC East.
New England Patriots @ Tennessee Titans, 1pm: The Patriots open against a young Titans squad that is better than many give them credit for. Tennessee's secondary has a lot of talent, but the Titans have lacked a serious pass rush in 2011. The Titans acquired Kamerion Wimbley in hopes of boosting their pass rush, and they still have hopes Derrick Morgan can reach his potential. The Patriots simply have a ton of weapons on offense and unless Tennessee's pass rush shows serious improvement, it will be hard for them to contain all of New England's receiving threats. The Titans will need Chris Johnson to bounce back in 2012, and he will need to have a huge game if the Titans wish to beat New England. Johnson isn't only Tennessee's only home run threat, but he's their best option to control the clock and keep the Patriot offense off the field. Jake Locker will be making his first NFL start and Tennessee's #1 WR, Kenny Britt, will miss the game due to suspension. The Titans aren't a team to take lightly, but they're a team I expect to start playing good ball in October while Locker adjusts to the speed of the NFL. Prediction: Patriots win 30-17
Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets, 1pm: This is one of the tougher games to predict this weekend. The Jets have won their last four meetings, but their offense has looked terrible during the preseason. They have an unimpressive cast on offense, but they still have a very good defense. The Bills have much more offensive firepower, but they may be without their best receiving threat, Steve Johnson. Even if Johnson plays, he will need to be at the top of his game to have an impact with Darrelle Revis lining up against him. If Johnson misses the game or fails to provide much of an impact, the Bills may have to rely on Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller for their offensive production. This will be a very good matchup and could go either way. I only give the edge to the Jets here because they are at home and I do believe a Wildcat package with Tim Tebow may barely be enough offense to allow the Jets to squeak by the Bills. Prediction: Jets 17-16.