AFC East is better than advertised

September, 30, 2013
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A month’s worth of games is in the books, with the exception the "Monday Night Football" matchup between the Miami Dolphins and New Orleans Saints, and perhaps one of the biggest surprises is how much the AFC East continues to thrive.

The Dolphins (3-0), the New England Patriots (4-0), the New York Jets (2-2) and the Buffalo Bills (2-2) are a combined 11-4 -- the best record of any division in football, and a half-game ahead of the AFC West (11-5).

Both the Patriots and Bills picked up quality wins Sunday, over Atlanta and Baltimore, respectively, while the Jets suffered a loss to Tennessee.

Not much was expected from the AFC East. The Patriots have dominated the division for a while, and no team outside of New England finished with a winning record in 2011 or 2012. It appears that trend will change this season.

The most impressive stat is that the AFC East is 8-1 against teams outside its division. That says a lot about the strength of the AFC East, which has been much better than advertised.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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