AFC East: Final Word AFC 2012 Week 5

Final Word: AFC East

October, 5, 2012
10/05/12
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Five nuggets of knowledge about Week 5:

Reclaiming Gillette Stadium: Sunday marks the first home game since the New England Patriots were upset at Gillette Stadium in Week 2 by the Arizona Cardinals. The Patriots entered that game 35-1 in their previous 36 home games with Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. But Arizona ended the streak with a 20-19 victory. New England (2-2) is 0-1 at home and will try to start another run at Gillette Stadium on Sunday against quarterback Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos. Including playoffs, Brady is 8-4 all-time against Manning.

[+] EnlargeBrandon Bolden
AP Photo/Bill WippertBrandon Bolden emerged against the Bills in Week 4, giving the Patriots a formidable one-two punch in the rushing game.
Running Patriots: The Patriots are not known for their running game, but they are eighth in the NFL in rushing at the quarter-mark of the season. New England had its best rushing day last week against the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots rushed for 247 yards and had two 100-yard rushers (Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden) in the 52-28 victory. New England showed it is unafraid to run if that's what the defense allows.

Grounded and pounded: The Jets (2-2) entered the season expecting to "ground and pound" opponents under new offensive coordinator Tony Sparano. Instead, the Jets' offense has been grounded. New York is ranked 28th in total offense and 24th in running the football. Shonn Greene, the Jets' leading rusher, is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry. The Jets lack an offensive identity and don't appear capable of outmuscling opponents as they have in the past. New York needs to figure out its offensive issues sooner rather than later. The Jets host the undefeated Houston Texans (4-0) on "Monday Night Football."

Coyle homecoming: Last week, Miami Dolphins linebacker Karlos Dansby returned to Arizona to face his former team. This week, it's Dolphins first-year offensive coordinator Kevin Coyle's turn. Miami (1-3) will play its second consecutive road game Sunday, against the Cincinnati Bengals. Coyle spent 10 years as a cornerbacks and defensive backs coach with the Bengals and developed several good players in Cincinnati.

Spilling over: Buffalo Bills tailback C.J. Spiller didn't look himself in last week's loss to the Patriots. Spiller came back sooner than expected from a shoulder injury and played tentatively. He rushed for 33 yards on eight carries and had a crucial fumble before halftime. Spiller struggled with blocking and breaking tackles. The Bills hope another week of rest has allowed Spiller's banged-up shoulder to heal. The San Francisco 49ers, the Bills' next opponent, are fifth in the NFL in run defense.

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