Monday, December 19, 2011
Morning take: Patriots hold No. 1 seed
By James Walker
Here are the most interesting stories Monday morning in the AFC East:
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.
- 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: 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.
- New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez took a beating in a 45-19 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
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.
- The Miami Dolphins (5-9) continue to play for pride in a win over the Buffalo Bills.
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.