AFC East race is based on each quarterback’s health condition

Cleaning out the notebook from Week 9 in the AFC East - Pats Pulpit

In case you haven’t figured it out yet — the AFC East is the the toughest division in the NFL.

Buffalo Bills, the AFC favorites in many peoples eyes, are at the top of the division with a 6-2 record. After Sundays loss to the Jets (6-2), they now sit with the same amount of wins. Many will chalk Buffalo’s loss up to the injury of Josh Allen’s elbow that he suffered during the game. He’s expected to be okay, however, it has affected his play and will be continued to be monitored moving forward.

The week before this past Sunday, the Jets lost to the New England Patriots. Joe Flacco was the starter for the Jets in the beginning of the season, but that’s only because Zach Wilson was injured. Now Wilson is starting and going through his own periods of ups and downs.

The New England Patriots quarterback situation has been just utter ridiculousness. Other than the fact that the Pats lack a true offensive coordinator or offensive threats–Mac Jones is back at the starting position after missing a few weeks from a high ankle sprain. Now the Pats sit at last place in the division but only by one game at 5-4.

The Miami Dolphins have been on their own rollercoaster of a season before the first game began. Tua Tagovailoa had a brutal injury where he was seen lying on the field twitching, and now he’s back scorching the entire league with his receiving threats in Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. Dolphins sit at the third spot.

If the season ended today, the Patriots would be the only team that wouldn’t make it. That goes to show just how competitive this division is. And while each team has their own strengths, the quarterback position on each team has had it’s own share of concerns.

There’s too many elements to make a true prediction on what to expect moving forward. This year, the season has been full of upsets and unexpected turns. The Philadelphia Eagles have been the only consistent team with an unblemished record.

The AFC East is wide open–the healthiest quarterback has the best shot of winning the division.

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