Around the AFC East

Taking a spin around the AFC East, where the Patriots (3-3, 0-0 in division) are in first place:

Buffalo (3-4, 2-0 in division)

The Bills dipped to 0-3 on the road, losing 38-17 at Oakland. Quarterback Kelly Holcomb had led the Bills to wins in his first two starts, but after directing an 82-yard TD drive to open the game, Buffalo couldn’t sustain momentum.

The Bills now enter a challenging stretch of their schedule: at New England; vs. Kansas City; at San Diego; vs. Carolina.

Beat writer Scott Pitoniak, of the Democrat and Chronicle, blogs this statistic: The Bills are 29-42 in Tom Donahoe’s tenure as president/general manager.


Next up: at New England (Sunday night)

Miami (2-4, 0-2 in division)

The Dolphins lost their third straight game, falling 30-20 at home to the Chiefs. The game was moved to Friday to avoid Hurricane Wilma. The Chiefs flew to Miami on Friday morning, had a brief break, then arrived at the stadium for the game. Following the game, the Chiefs flew right home, capping a long day.

But the Dolphins played like the jet-lagged team.

Former Patriot Tebucky Jones, a starting safety in Miami, was lost for the season with a torn pectoral muscle.

Next: at New Orleans (in Baton Rouge)

N.Y. Jets (2-4, 1-1 in division)

The Jets visit the Falcons tonight and are hoping for some more Monday night magic from quarterback Vinny Testavderde. He’s 5-3 in Monday night games, with three fourth-quarter comebacks.

Interesting overall stat: The Jets, Bills and Dolphins are all 0-3 on the road this season.

Next: bye week

Looking ahead, there is no media access at Gillette Stadium until Wednesday. We’ll plan on posting a Patriots-specific update later tonight.



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