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Sunday, October 14, 2012
Sunday results forge 4-way tie in AFC East

By ESPNBoston.com


A division the Patriots seemed to be poised to run away with a week ago is now anything but a sure thing.

The Patriots' shocking loss to the Seahawks, combined with wins by the Jets (over Indy, 35-9), Dolphins (over St. Louis, 17-14) and Bills (over Arizona in overtime, 19-16) left all four teams in the division at 3-3 through the first six weeks of the season.

This marks the first time since the inception of the 8-division format (2002) that every team in the division has identical records through Week 6, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Technically speaking, the Jets hold the tie breaker courtesy of their 2-0 record against divisional opponents, but it’s way too early to be talking about that.

This turn of events sheds an even greater importance on next Sunday’s clash between and Patriots and Jets at Gillette Stadium. The winner takes at least a share of the divisional lead. The Bills host the Titans next week, while the Dolphins -- winners of two straight -- are on bye.

For the Patriots, it’s been a season of missed opportunities and failing to close out opponents. On Sunday they became the first team with three losses by two points or fewer in their first six games since the 1960 Dallas Texans of the AFL.

New England, however, isn’t the only divisional squad that could easily have a better record than .500. Two of the Dolphins’ three losses came in overtime.

With the division turned upside down, we ask you: Which team’s 3-3 record is the most surprising? Vote in the poll above and share your thoughts in the comments section.