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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
AFC East docket nearing two-month hiatus


I wanted to send out this reminder to AFC East fans: Soak in this weekend.

The schedule is about to be interrupted for the next two months by nothing but interconference and cross-divisional matchups.

That's right. After Sunday, there won't be another game between two AFC East clubs until Dec. 6, when the New York Jets visit the New England Patriots in Gillette Stadium on "Monday Night Football."

The Buffalo Bills won't see another divisional opponent until six days before Christmas, when they play the Miami Dolphins in Sun Life Stadium.

The schedule was front- and back-loaded with divisional games to help keep games relevant late in the season and prevent situations like we saw last year with the Jets. The Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals, with their division titles wrapped up, pulled their starters in Weeks 16 and 17, helping the Jets pick up a couple of easy victories and slip into the playoffs.

To get an idea of when you might see your favorite rivalries resume, here's the rundown of remaining AFC East games for each team:

Buffalo Bills
Miami Dolphins
New England Patriots
New York Jets