Morning take: Patriots hold No. 1 seed

Here are the most interesting stories Monday morning in the AFC East:

  • If the season ended today, the New England Patriots (11-3) would have the top seed and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

Morning take: The biggest threat is the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3), who play the 49ers Monday. Pittsburgh beat New England and own the head-to-head tiebreaker if both teams finished with the same record.

  • New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez took a beating in a 45-19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Morning take: There were a few moments I thought Sanchez, who was sacked four times, wouldn't get up. But he showed his toughness and stayed in the game. Sanchez injured his shoulder or neck in the second half.

  • The Miami Dolphins (5-9) continue to play for pride in a win over the Buffalo Bills.

Morning take: Miami is 5-2 in its last seven games and continues to play well even through a coaching change. The next head coach will have something to work with in this team.

Morning take: Don’t be fooled by the late passing yards. Buffalo's offense couldn't do enough when it counted. The Bills have lost seven in a row, which is the longest losing streak in the AFC.