AFC East Preview: Week 6

By Garrett Gangarossa

The AFC East has been an interesting division through the first five weeks of the 2015 NFL season. The New England Patriots have been perfect, winning all four of their games thus far. The New York Jets have come out of the gates quickly, winning three of their four games. One of the playoff favorites for many prior to the season, the Buffalo Bills, have been riddled with injuries. Despite being banged up, the Bills have shown some bright spots and are sitting at 3-2. Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins have struggled mightily, winning only one game this season. New England’s tight grasp of the division lead does not appear likely to loosen anytime soon. However, it is not too early for the bottom three teams to turn their seasons around.

Heading into week 6, the Patriots will travel to Indianapolis to face Andrew Luck and the Colts. Despite a shaky start, the Colts have earned a 3-2 record coming into the game. New England has won the last three meetings against the Colts, all by 21 points or more. Tom Brady is a wizard with the football and it is going to be very difficult for the Colts defense to keep them in the game. New England wins, 31-13 in Indianapolis this week. Look for New England to get out to a big lead and enforce a heavy run attack in the second half.

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The Redskins and Jets meet for battle in New Jersey on Sunday, both looking to remain much in their respected division races. Without a doubt, the Jets have been the surprising team in the AFC East, at 3-1. The Redskins have struggled and don’t seem to have an offensive rhythm. Jay Gruden’s squad has been in five tight games this season and look for this one to be another close game. I give the edge to the home team as the Jets win 24-20 this weekend.

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Ralph Wilson Stadium will be rocking on Sunday as the Bills play host to one of the NFL’s superior teams this season, the Cincinnati Bengals. Andy Dalton has been playing on an elite level and the Bengals look like true contenders in the AFC in 2015. Buffalo has a lot of question going into the game, as Sammy Watkins, LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor are all questionable with injuries. Those three weapons need to be on the field for the Buffalo Bills to be successful this week. Look for a tight game in upstate New York, as the Buffalo Bills hand the Bengals their first loss this season. Bills win a tight one, 27-21.

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Miami is currently the AFC East basement dwellers and look for them to chalk up a win this week against a below average Titans team. Lead by rookie Marcus Mariota, the Titans have only managed to win one game through its first five games. Both teams are desperately in search of their second win in 2015. In a one of the more boring games on slate this weekend, the Dolphins win 17-14 in Nashville.

*All stats from ESPN.com unless otherwise stated

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