As has seemingly been a traditional saying since the dawn of time itself, your New England Patriots are the champions of the AFC East. With this in mind, their top spot in the divisional rankings won't change (not like it was ever going to with the way this season has gone) and the rest of the division is beginning to follow suit.
All of that being said, let's see how everyone else looks.
1. Patriots - You don't think of many 10-2 teams who need to get a win in the worst way this late in the season, but they got it in what was a dominant performance over the Houston Texans. New England's offense isn't back to where it was earlier in the season just yet, but having Rob Gronkowski come back for this game was huge. Julian Edelman practiced late last week as well, which is a great sign. The defense was once again dominant, and they compiled six sacks on the night. The Patriots once again sit atop the AFC and have a date with the lowly Titans on Sunday.
2. Jets - They're about as hot as you can be. 8-5 and in control of their own destiny despite Pittsburgh and Kansas City (both 8-5 as well) breathing down their necks. The Jets have a date with Dallas this Saturday night, which they should win. After that they finish with New England and Buffalo. If they can win one of those final two games, that might be enough to make the playoffs.
3. Buffalo - The only reason the Bills aren't lower on this list is because the Dolphins are also in this division. They only lost by three points to the Eagles, but there were times like so many this season where you just scratched your head and asked "what the hell is going on with this team?" Another penalty-filled affair (15 on the day for 101 yards) cost them, many of them coming on offense. LeSean McCoy threw a huge bitch fit after this one, which was certainly fun to watch. They're not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention yet, but you can pretty much count them out.
4. Dolphins - At least their throwback uniforms last night were pretty cool. Other than that, not much to say here. They kept it close against the Giants, but that really isn't saying too much. Lamar Miller was good again last night and Jarvis Landry is having a huge showing as one of the most versatile offensive threats in the game. That's really it.
Follow me on Twitter - @JesseGaunce
For more of my articles, click here.