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Week 8: AFC East Review

With the NFL season already approaching the halfway mark, we check out the games from the AFC East.

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As the Buffalo Bills enjoyed their bye week over the weekend, we bring you a review of the two games that took place over the weekend in the AFC East.

Miami Dolphins 7 - 36 New England Patriots

The Miami Dolphins won two games on the bounce the previous two weeks, but were brought right back down to earth with a loss against their arch rivals, the New England Patriots.

Tom Brady had a solid game, throwing 356 yards and four touchdowns, as New England surged to 7-0 on the season.

Kicker Stephen Gostowski set a new franchise record, scoring 26 field goals in a row - he nailed a 52 yard and 36 yard field goal.

Unfortunately for the Dolphins, Pro Bowl defensive end Cameron Wake was carted off the field. Tests confirmed on Friday that he tore his Achilles' tendon. The team placed him on IR, meaning his season is over. Ja'Wuan James also injured his toe on Thursday, and could be out for around a month.

This is the first loss for Dan Campbell as interim head coach, who put up 82 points against Tennessee and Houston in the previous two games.

Miami fall to 3-4, and face what could be a make-or-break season decider against the Buffalo Bills

New York Jets 20 - 34 Oakland Raiders

Derek Carr threw four touchdowns and 333 yards as the Oakland Raiders cruised past the New York Jets in a comfortable home win.  Latavius Murray made 113 yards on the ground, while Michael Crabtree had 102 yards through the air and a touchdown and Andrew Holmes made two touchdowns.

Geno Smith played most of the game for the Jets (4-3), as starting quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick tore a ligament in his left thumb on the Jets first drive of the game. Smith had 265 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Then, Smith himself left the game in the final minute of the game, after a thumping hit from Ray-Ray Armstrong.

After losing the first 10 games of the season last year, the Raiders are now 4-3.

Alex Parish is an Associate Editor at The Phinsider. Be sure to follow me on Twitter@AlexParish89.