AFC East Glance: Week 3 Edition

Kyle Arrington | Torrey Smith

Through three games, the first place and last place teams in the AFC East are separated by just one game. How will the standings change after Week 4 is complete?

New York Jets (2-1)

Last week:

The Jets squeaked by the Dolphins in a sloppy game that saw Gang Green lose All-World cornerback Darrelle Revis for the season to an ACL injury. Despite poor play on offense and defense, New York is atop the division.

This week:

An angry San Francisco 49ers team pays visit to MetLife Stadium coming off a disappointing loss at at the Minnesota Vikings. The Jets will have their hands full with a team Jets coach Rex Ryan called "loaded."

Notable numbers:

The Jets' offense is a very stout 20-for-43 on third down, but the defense is giving up a league-worst 56 percent of third-down conversions.

Buffalo Bills (2-1)

Last week:

Buffalo easily handled the Cleveland Browns in its home opener, etching itself alongside the Jets in the division standings. The Bills lost emerging running back C.J. Spiller, who was the league's leading rusher entering the game for at least a week to injury.

This week:

Running back Fred Jackson is likely return from his own injury, softening the blow of Spiller's absence -- just as Spiller did in place of Jackson. Only problem is the Bills are playing the New England Patriots, a team they've lost to 16 times in their last 17 meetings.

Notable numbers:

The Bills' offense has surrendered just one sack, which ranks at the top of the league. Conversely, their one sack defensively is a league-worst.

New England Patriots (1-2)

Last week:

The Patriots acquired their first losing record since Week 1 of 2003 in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens last week. New England gave up 10 points in the last four minutes en route to a 1-point defeat.

This week:

New England travels to Buffalo, where quarterback Tom Brady threw four interceptions in a shocker loss last year. It's hard to imagine the Patriots going 1-3, though a high-energy atmosphere and a hungry Bills defensive front could make things interesting.

Notable numbers:

Until last week, the Patriots went 145 games without a losing record. Also, Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick doubles Brady's touchdown total this season by an 8-to-4 margin.

Miami Dolphins (1-2)

Last week:

Two missed field goals, including a big one in overtime, by Dolphins kicker Dan Carpenter left the door open for the Jets to shut. Miami looked just as rough as New York, though the Dolphins' struggles are much more understandable with a rookie coaching staff and quarterback.

This week:

Miami travels to, get this, the 3-0 Arizona Cardinals. With the Dolphins' top-tier run defense and the Cardinals' newfound success, this game isn't the laugher it would've been the last two decades.

Notable numbers:

The Dolphins are tied for a league-best six rushing touchdowns, and the Miami defense is one of five in the NFL to have not allowed a rush of 20 yards or more.

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