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AFC East Recap: Week 4

A recap of how the Jets, Bills, and Patriots performed in Week 4.

NFL: Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Dolphins are currently on a two-game skid that has them in the cellar of the AFC East. Before we shift our focus to Week 5, let's take a moment to investigate how the rest of the division performed over the weekend.

Buffalo Bills at Atlanta Falcons

Final Result: Bills win 23-17

The Bills' surprising 2017 campaign continued to gain traction with a solid performance against the Falcons on Sunday. Tyrod Taylor—who looked like he might become an afterthought in the preseason—has performed admirably with a group of new faces on offense. Charles Clay once again resumed his role as Taylor's favorite target, and the former Dolphins tight end surpassed the 100-yard receiving threshold for the first time since the 2015 season.

Outside of the steady offensive production, the Bills were able to contain the Falcons' high-octane offense. Buffalo definitely benefitted from Julio Jone's early exit, so take this performance with a grain of salt.

The Bills will return to action next week when they visit Cincinnati to face the Bengals. For more coverage from the Bills' perspective, you can visit Buffalo Rumblings.

Carolina Panthers at New England Patriots

Final Result: Panthers win 33-30

Not even the return of linebacker Dont'a Hightower could save the Patriots against the Panthers. New England's defense has had some truly awful outings through the first four games of the season. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore couldn't get out of his own way on Sunday, as he committed multiple penalties and surrendered big plays to Carolina's receivers.

The Patriots' offensive line let Tom Brady get hit seven times on Sunday, which isn't good news for the 40-year-old's body. There is good news for New England, however, as wide receiver Chris Hogan continued to adequately fill the void left behind by Julian Edelman's injury.

The Patriots will only have a few days to recover from this loss, as they return to action on Thursday to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For more coverage from New England's perspective, you can visit Pats Pulpit.

Jacksonville Jaguars at New York Jets

Final Result: Jets win 23-20

An impressive performance on the ground helped carry the Jets to victory over the Jaguars, helping New York capture another victory at home. Josh McCown struggled to keep control of the ball, but he was rescued by running back Bilal Powell's ability to make something out of nothing. The Jets 256 rushing yards—144 coming on only two plays—allowed them to stay narrowly ahead of the Jaguars until late in the game.

New York did struggle to close this one out, as it took the steady leg of Chandler Catanzaro to seal this one. Buoyed by strong performances in front of a home crowd, the Jets are surprisingly sitting at .500.

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

AFC East Standings Through Week 3

Buffalo Bills 3-1

New York Jets 2-2

New England Patriots 2-2

Miami Dolphins 1-2