We're reaching the halfway point of the 2015-16 season, and there hasn't been any change at the top of the division standings since the season began. However, there's been a lot of shuffling with the other three teams in the division.
1. Patriots - They stay perfect after beating a Jets team that shot themselves in the foot towards the end of the game. I'm not taking anything away from what the Pats did, but this was not their best effort and they left a lot of plays/points on the field. Both the offense and defense made plays when they absolutely had to, and Tom Brady was once again magnificent. He even led the team in rushing yards with 15. They'll look to remain unbeaten on Thursday night when a reinvented Dolphins team comes to town. Speaking of Miami...
2. Dolphins - I'm still baffled at how a simple coaching change seems to have completely turned this team around. Just a few weeks ago, they were dead in the water. They're 3-3 now and look like the team everyone thought they were going to be. Ryan Tannehill has been excellent and Lamar Miller actually gave me a good fantasy day on Sunday. They've literally crushed their last two opponents, even though Tennessee and Houston aren't anything to write home about. New England will be their first true huge test on Thursday.
3. Jets - Yes, they have a better record than Miami and have played better overall this year, but they really blew it on Sunday. Brandon Marshall drops a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that would have put the Jets up 24-16 but settles for a field goal instead. Then he gets called for a false start with one second to go, ending the game. Ryan Fitzpatrick throws to Jeff Cumberland and Devin Smith in crucial situation when higher percentage plays were available to him. They should feel pretty discouraged after they let a winnable game slip away.
4. Bills - They're what the Dolphins were a few weeks ago - a mess. E.J. Manuel was pretty average, LeSean McCoy couldn't get much going and the defense gave up 34 points to the Jacksonville Jaguars. I've given up on praising that defense. The Bills even spotted Jacksonville a 27-3 lead and couldn't close the deal. That is unacceptable.
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