AFC East: poll

Rex Ryan responds to 'overrated' claim

November, 7, 2012
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New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan always has a sense of humor. He even joked Wednesday about being named the most overrated coach in the NFL in a player poll by the Sporting News.

"Hey, I finally beat Bill Belichick at something,” Ryan said of his rival Patriots coach, who finished second in the poll. “I finally got him.”

As we explained in the AFC East blog on Tuesday, Ryan and Belichick being named the league’s two most overrated coaches is laughable.

This poll is filled with personal feelings and bias. Ryan is generally viewed as a loudmouth and Belichick is not very likable outside of Foxborough, Mass. Neither has anything to do with either coach’s X's and O's, which are very good.

Poll: Second best in AFC East?

October, 10, 2012
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I've been hearing rumblings all week in the AFC East blog and my Twitter account. There's been a heated debate in our community, and we're going to settle it.

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Who is the second-best team in the AFC East?

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The question: Who is currently the second-best team in the AFC East?

We have a three-way tie for second place. The Miami Dolphins (2-3), New York Jets (2-3) and Buffalo Bills (2-3) can all claim to the No. 2 spot in the division.

Are the Dolphins the second-best team in the AFC East? They’re certainly the most consistent. Miami has been in four of its five games this season but was only able to pull out two victories. The defense is playing well and rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill continues to develop.

What about the Jets? New York is 2-0 in the division, which includes wins over Miami and Buffalo. It’s a legit argument that the Jets are No. 2 behind the Patriots after beating the other two teams. The Jets are shaky but taking care of business in the AFC East.

Finally, we have the Bills. Buffalo has suffered big losses in back-to-back weeks. Can the Bills regain their swagger and become the second-best team in the division?

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on the No. 2 team in the AFC East. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.
It turns out I'm not the only one high on the Buffalo Bills after a stellar offseason.

In our latest AFC East poll, an overwhelming majority of our community voted Buffalo to win nine to 11 games this season. That most likely will be good enough to earn a wild card in the AFC; an 11-5 record might even push the New England Patriots for a division title.

Here was reaction from our community:
  • BrettinLakeWorth writes: Ten wins, maybe 11. Playoffs. Not that they will be easy wins. Looking back at last year and picking through the losses, I'm hard pressed to find 5 that I can say the new acquisitions automatically would have translated to wins had they been on the team last year. So 11 would be tough I think.
  • JustBusiness21 writes: Ten or 11 wins, assuming the core remains healthy for the majority of the season. Good thing there is a deep bench at almost every position.
  • Dinedal7 writes: Football Outsiders has the over/under for the Bills win total at 9.7. I think that's about right as far as expectations, but as a long-suffering Bills fan I would be very happy with nine.

Buffalo has the 29th-toughest schedule in the NFL this season. So that is in the team’s favor to improve on last year’s 6-10 record. I think one of the biggest barometers this season will be the Week 1 matchup at the divisional-rival New York Jets. The Bills can make a statement that they are legit right away by beating the Jets on the road. A loss would lead to early skepticism.

But I think the Bills look closer to "contenders" than "pretenders," and our SportsNation poll shows our AFC East community agrees.
INDIANAPOLIS -- We are putting the finishing touchdowns on our weeklong journey to the capital of Indiana. The result was the New York Giants winning their second championship in four years over the New England Patriots, 21-17.

ESPN.com covered plenty of angles for both teams Sunday night. But Monday we want to hear from our AFC East community.

Here is our latest poll question: What's the biggest reason the Patriots lost in Super Bowl XLVI?

Was it the lack of points on offense? New England's high-powered offense, led by quarterback Tom Brady, only scored 17 points. Was that enough to win a Super Bowl? New England’s offense started slowly and finished slowly. There were some good moments in the middle quarters, but that wasn’t enough.

Speaking of the offense, what about receiver Wes Welker? The usually sure-handed Welker dropped a big pass down the seam that could have led to a first down and much-needed points in the fourth quarter. The Patriots were leading by two points. But Welker failed to make the play, which put the ball back in Giants quarterback Eli Manning’s hands.

That leads me to New England's defense. With 3:46 remaining, the Patriots' defense had a chance to close out the game but failed. New England allowed Manning and the Giants to drive 88 yards for the Super Bowl-winning touchdown. Is New England's much-maligned defense to blame?

Finally, New England overall was sloppy and had mental errors. There were 12 men on the field, missed assignments, a rare Super Bowl safety and miscues you're not used to seeing from the Patriots. Was lack of mental sharpness the reason New England lost?

Using our SportsNation poll, vote on the biggest reason New England came up short in Super Bowl XLVI. You can also share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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