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Though the Payments stay favorites to three-peat within the uber-competitive AFC East, they’ve loads of work nonetheless to do. They at the moment are winless inside the division (0-2), and their MVP-caliber quarterback is battling an elbow harm.
However barring doomsday information on Josh Allen’s long-term availability, the Payments — nonetheless a half-game up on the Jets and Dolphins — have the expertise, teaching and management to remain atop the division and probably earn a first-round bye. It will not come simple, although. The AFC has practically double the variety of successful groups because the NFC (9 vs. 5), and the Payments’ division is the one one within the NFL with all 4 groups above .500. A number of AFC East matchups have been thought-about for this record, together with the Jets’ Week 14 recreation at Buffalo and their season finale in Miami. In the end, each the Jets and the Patriots have too many query marks on offense — on the QB place, particularly — carrying the potential to derail them down the stretch.
The Dolphins don’t have any such subject.
Miami — using a three-game win streak — is 6-1 this season when Tua Tagovailoa has began, with the lone loss coming towards the Bengals in Week 4, when Tagovailoa exited within the second quarter after struggling a concussion. The third-year professional leads the NFL in passing yards per try (9.2) and passer score (115.9) in 2022, because of good decision-making, Mike McDaniel’s scheme and, in fact, one of the crucial prolific receiving duos we have ever seen. Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle have been distinctive by the primary half of the marketing campaign, combining for essentially the most receiving yards by any teammate tandem over the primary 9 video games of a season within the Tremendous Bowl period.
Few groups can match Miami’s offensive firepower, however Buffalo is definitely considered one of them. The Payments’ Josh Allen-Stefon Diggs pairing is pretty much as good any QB-WR combo within the NFL, with Allen main the NFL in offensive touchdowns (23) and Diggs tying for the league lead in receiving scores (7). As rapidly and persistently because the Payments can rating, nonetheless, it is their protection and home-field benefit that may very well be their greatest belongings towards Miami. Since Sean McDermott’s arrival in 2017, Buffalo boasts the best complete defensive EPA (237.32) at house of any crew by far and is tied for the fifth-best house successful proportion (.682).
The Dolphins are already one up on this division battle, having held serve towards the Payments in Week 3. A season sweep might imply Miami owns the East by season’s finish.