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AFC East Recap: Week 5

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A recap of how the Jets, Bills, and Patriots performed in Week 5.

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The Miami Dolphins successfully ended their losing streak with a victory over the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, but they weren't the only AFC East team in action over the weekend. Before we shift our focus to Week 6, let's take a moment to investigate how the rest of the division performed in Week 5.

New England Patriots at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Final Result: Patriots win 19-14

The Patriots were rescued by a productive trio of running backs on Thursday, as quarterback Tom Brady struggled to establish himself. Dion Lewis and Mike Gillislee combined for 105 yards on the ground, while James White recorded 57 yards receiving on seven catches. Along with the running backs, wide receiver Chris Hogan hauled in his fifth touchdown of the season - extending his touchdown streak to four consecutive games.

The Patriots own a winning record once again after this victory, but New England might not deserve all the credit for this one. Veteran kicker Nick Folk had a truly awful game, which made it even harder for the Buccanneers to defend their home field against the Patriots.

The Patriots will now journey to New York to face the Jets on Sunday. For more coverage from New England's perspective, you can visit Pats Pulpit.

New York Jets at Cleveland Browns

Final Result: Jets win 17-14

The Jets successfully capitalized on the struggles of rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer on Sunday, which forced the Browns to make a quarterback change halfway through the contest. The former Notre Dame star threw one interception and botched a toss to his running back - resulting in a fumble. Friendly field position was huge factor for the Jets, as both their running and passing games couldn't move the ball consistently.

The Jets did receive a slight scare in the second half. Backup quarterback Kevin Hogan was able to get the offense going, resulting in a beautifully executed screen pass to running back Duke Johnson Jr. in the final two minutes.

The Jets will be looking to extend their winning streak to four games when they face the Patriots on Sunday. For more coverage from New York's perspective, you can visit Gang Green Nation.

Buffalo Bills at Cincinnati Bengals

Final Result: Bengals win 20-16

Despite the Bengals' struggles to maintain possession of the ball, the Bills were unable to leave Cincinnati with a victory. Quarterback Andy Dalton threw two interceptions, while wide receiver A.J. Green lost a fumble in the middle of his big day.

Quarterback Tyrod Taylor never recovered from tight end Charles Clay's early exit, which left the Bills searching for answers on offense. To make things worse for Taylor, the Bengals were able to record six sacks in front of their home crowd. Buffalo should consider themselves lucky that it was this close, however, as they had no answer for Green on Sunday.

Buffalo will now enjoy a weekend off before returning to action against the Buccaneers in Week 7. For more coverage from the Bills' perspective, you can visit Buffalo Rumblings.

AFC East Standings Through Week 5

Buffalo Bills 3-2

New York Jets 3-2

New England Patriots 3-2

Miami Dolphins 2-2