Week 3 AFC East Recap

Sorry this is late Pats fans, but I little time to form your own opinions never hurt anyone I suppose. This week, we saw every I did pay close attention to what was going on in these games, and without further ado, here's my thoughts on the action we saw this week out of the AFC East:
How did the 4 teams in the AFC East
perform this week?

New England Patriots:

>> The Patriots struggled. This is Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers. You know those guys, who went 4-12 last season? Yeah. A team that is currently the Super Bowl favorite of many, shouldn't be struggling against the lowly Buccaneers. Usually I stay objective, but come on. I know everyone else was just as upset.

>> Mark Barron was my draft sleeper to help the Pats. In one of my many theories (coincidentally one had them trading up for Jones and Hightower, although I thought they'd go in reverse order) the Patriots traded up to the number 12 pick and took Mark Barron to start alongside Pat Chung. Well, the Pats paid for not listening to my thoughts as Barron took a Tom Brady pass into the endzone for 6.

>> Gronk got in the endzone. With the focus now on Aaron Hernandez who just signed a 5 year $40 million contract extension, some didn't see a major development. Boston's favorite party boy showed that after a Summer of media attention, Mr. "Yo Soy Fiesta" himself is still getting it done on the field.

>> Ryan Mallett threw 2 touchdown passes, including one to rookie receiver Jeremy Ebert. Mallett looked solid, another beneficiary of the "Patriot Way." Mallett was considered by most to be a late first round talent, but was picked up by New England in the 3rd round of the 2011 NFL Draft due to a "party boy" image. Since being drafted, he has had a spotless record. Mallett has fully embraced the professionalism necessary in being an NFL player.

New York Jets:

>> Mark Sanchez is outperforming Tim Tebow. The two both had around 15 attempts, but Sanchez made much more out of his opportunities. However, the two quarterbacks both threw an interception, and were sacked (Tebow 3 times.) Tebow did however, have a 20 yard rush on 3rd and 16 that elicited roars from the crowd. You guessed it, "Tebow! Tebow!"

>> The Jets' offense is struggling big time. They're the only team in the NFL that has yet to score an offensive touchdown in the preseason. Not once have they found paydirt, which is an amazing sign for New England's defense.

>> Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart twisted his ankle, but x-rays were negative.

>> Luke Kuechly, Boston College's all-time career leader in tackles, was all over the Jets, registering a game-high 10 tackles.

Buffalo Bills:

>> The Bills got blown out. Like. Blown out. It was embarrassing. I've got these guys winning an AFC Wild Card berth, and they're getting blown out. I'm disappointed in these guys. I will say this: They pose absolutely no threat to win the division. None.

>> Speaking of people that won't win the division, everyone except New England. Seriously, these teams aren't showing me anything good at all.

>> Former Bills QB Vince Young threw two interceptions. That's right, former. The Bills cut him after his poor performance. They picked up Tarvaris Jackson in a trade with the Seahawks (who will start my favorite rookie, QB Russell Wilson) to back up Ryan Fitzpatrick.

>> Antonio Brown showed the Steelers why he deserved that contract, pulling in two touchdown grabs, perhaps prompting WR Mike Wallace to join the team after holding out.

>> Buffalo got out to the early 7 point lead, but then fell apart. This should be a good sign for Pats fans, as almost no offense can outpace New England's.

Miami Dolphins:

>> The Dolphins lost too. The AFC East really didn't show up this week. Such a bad showing. Anyway..

>> Ryan Tannehill looked awful. I thought the Dolphins made a terrible move drafting Tannehill so high. My pick? Russell Wilson, that guy absolutely tearing it up over in Seattle. He's nasty. Please look out for him, I don't know how much I can emphasize how great he'll be. The next Tom Brady. Quote me.

>> The Falcons, who have the most overrated offense in the NFL, put up 26 points on what is supposed to be a top 5 defense.

>> Davone Bess had 4 receptions for 59 yards, so I guess a receiver had a decent day, but still, no one has emerged. Why? No one is good enough to emerge. Tannehill is doomed to fail. Have a good one folks.