The Miami Dolphins will be headed to London after falling to the New York Jets in their first game against an AFC East opponent in 2017. Before we shift our focus to the New Orleans Saints, let's take a moment to look back at the action that took place across the division in Week 3.
Final Result: Jets win 20-6
I'll keep this summary short, as you can read the immediate reaction for a thorough recap of yesterday's game.
Quarterback Josh McCown was able to comfortably find open receivers against the Dolphins, which resulted in him completing 18 of his 23 attempts. Along with a solid performance on offense, New York was finally able to disrupt the pocket against Miami. The Jets failed to touch quarterback Derek Carr in their Week 2 loss to the Raiders, but they rose to the occasion in this game by making Jay Cutler miserable on Sunday.
Final Result: Bills win 26-16
The Bills are once again owners of a winning record, as they put an end to the Broncos' impressive start to the 2017 season on Sunday. Buffalo's secondary continues to make big plays, only it was cornerback E.J. Gaines supplying the highlights this week instead of Jordan Poyer. Quarterback Trevor Siemian failed to throw for a touchdown in this contest, proving he is mortal after two strong performances to start the year.
Buffalo's offense is still a work in progress, however, as LeSean McCoy struggled to produce on the ground against a stingy Denver defense. The wide receivers for the Bills are still developing chemistry with quarterback Tyrod Taylor - forcing the veteran passer to rely on tight end Charles Clay for the majority of the second half.
Final Result: Patriots win 36-33
Tom Brady's five touchdowns look impressive on paper, but the 40-year-old quarterback struggled to hang onto the football against the Texans. Houston's defense was a constant presence behind New England's line, but they were only able to capitalize on one of Brady's three fumbles.
The positives for the Patriots are obvious, as it is clear that their passing game is capable of carrying a subpar defense to victory. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks was finally able to show off his ability to make plays down the field against the Texans. The former Saints receiver connected with Brady for two touchdowns, one of which clinched the game for the Patriots late in the fourth quarter.
AFC East Standings Through Week 3
Buffalo Bills 2-1
New England Patriots 2-1
Miami Dolphins 1-1
New York Jets 1-2