September 6, 2013 |
AFC EAST New England Patriots 2012 record: 12-4 Biggest addition: RB LeGarrette Blount Biggest loss: WR Wes Welker What's the story: The Patriots have had to deal with all kinds of adversity this offseason. From the signing of Tim Tebow to the Aaron Hernandez saga, the distractions are piling up for this team. While it could be an issue for any other team, New England still boasts Tom Brady at quarterback and Bill Belichick at the helm. With a weak AFC East, the Patriots should be right back at the top with their highly efficient offense.
October 19, 2012
The first are the last and the last are the first in the AFC East, or AFC Least, if you prefer. The Jets, Patriots, Dolphins, and Bills are all 3-3, a rare logjam this far into the season that has coaches and players unsure if they should be happy or concerned. "It's good news, bad news," Jets coach Rex Ryan said. "Let's face it, we're tied for first in our division, so that's great. We're also tied for last. It's a little depressing. " Since the NFL merger in 1970, this marks only the fourth time every team in a division has the same record after Week 6 or later, and first since the AFC East was knotted up at 5-5 after Week 10 in 1987, according to Stats L.L.C.
September 6, 2012 |
AFC East New England Patriots Coach: Bill Belichick (175-97) Last season's record/finish: 13-3/first in the division; lost in the Super Bowl to the New York Giants. Skinny: Once again this is a Super Bowl contender after leading the AFC in scoring (32.1 points per game) last season. Quarterback Tom Brady (39 TDs, 5,239 yards), despite a disappointing Super Bowl, remains at the top of his game, and rookie defensive end Chandler Jones should help a unit that allowed 21.4 points per game.
January 1, 2009 |
Chad Pennington has made a comeback from a comeback. The Miami Dolphins quarterback won the Associated Press award for NFL comeback player of the year yesterday, marking the second time in three years Pennington has received the honor. He also won it in 2006 while with the New York Jets. Pennington is the first player in the 11 seasons of the award to win it twice. This time, Pennington came back from being benched in New York during the 2007 season, then discarded last summer when the Jets acquired Brett Favre.
November 2, 2008 |
After years of the West Coast offense and about a million versions of it, running the football is cool again. Just check the statistics. The top six teams in the NFL in rushing have a combined 32-11 record. The Giants, who rank No. 1 in rushing, are atop the NFC East and the Titans, who are No. 4, are the league's lone unbeaten team at 7-0. The Patriots, ranked No. 6 in rushing, are tied with Buffalo atop the AFC East. Washington's Clinton Portis leads the league with 944 yards, an average of 118 yards a game.
October 5, 2008 |
There's something different in the air as the NFL passes the quarter pole and heads into Week 5. Buffalo leads the AFC East - not New England. Tennessee leads the AFC South - not Indianapolis. Denver leads the AFC West - not San Diego. Washington has shown that it deserves to be taken seriously, and a win over Arizona no longer seems automatic. Also, you can argue that the NFC has caught up to the AFC. But if you're pining for some normalcy, there is always Terrell Owens. Normalcy and T.O. rarely appear in the same sentence, but a season after the man got the sniffles when his quarterback, Tony Romo, was criticized for taking too much time away from his craft to be with Jessica Simpson - perfectly normal - T.O. is back to whining that he's not getting the ball enough.
December 21, 2004 |
Tom Brady threw a dumb pass and A.J. Feeley threw a beauty, finally giving the Miami Dolphins something to savor in this long, miserable season: an upset of the New England Patriots. With Brady's ugly interception providing an opening, Miami scored two touchdowns in the final 2:07 to stun the visiting Patriots, 29-28, last night. The much-maligned Feeley threw for the game-winning score, a 21-yard touchdown pass to Derrius Thompson on fourth-and-10 with 1:23 left. With the win, Miami (3-11)
October 16, 2003 |
If the Tennessee Titans return to the Super Bowl this season, it's more likely to be on the strong arm of Steve McNair than the strong legs of Eddie George. George gained more than 1,300 yards in the 1999 season to lead the Titans to Super Bowl XXXIV, but a toe injury in 2001 slowed down the big back. No problem. McNair passed for a career-high 22 touchdowns and ran for 440 yards to lead the Titans to the AFC championship game last year - even though a string of injuries kept him from practicing for six weeks.
September 5, 2003 |
Paul Domowitch Eagles: 11-5, 1st in NFC East NFC division winners: Eagles, Packers, Buccaneers, Rams AFC division winners: Dolphins, Steelers, Colts, Chiefs NFC wild cards: Giants, Seahawks AFC wild cards: Bills, Patriots Super Bowl winner: Eagles Super Bowl loser: Chiefs -- Les Bowen Eagles: 12-4, 1st in NFC East NFC division winners: Eagles, Packers, Buccaneers, 49ers NFC wild cards: Giants,...
February 14, 2002 |
The Miami Dolphins rewarded coach Dave Wannstedt for back-to-back playoff seasons, giving him a one-year contract extension through 2004 yesterday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Wannstedt, 49, has led Miami to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth in each of his two seasons since succeeding Jimmy Johnson. The deal, in the works for several weeks, was actually completed last week after Wannstedt met with Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga. The 22-10 regular-season record in consecutive seasons is the best for the Dolphins since 1984-85, and it ties for second-best among NFL coaches during the last two years.