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Sunday, November 10, 2013
Week 10 through Patriots' view

By Field Yates

The Patriots are one of four teams that are off today, but there's still plenty of action going on around the NFL in Week 10.

Below is a look at some of the relevant games for the Patriots, both within their division and the AFC at large. (Note: The Jets and Chiefs are among the other teams on a bye.)

AFC East

Bills (3-6) at Steelers (2-6), 1 p.m. EST
The Bills will have their starting quarterback back today, as rookie EJ Manuel returns from injury to take on the Steelers in Pittsburgh. While Buffalo isn't likely to push for a playoff spot this season, it is clinging to hope of making it back to .500 for the season.

Dolphins (4-4) at Buccaneers (0-8), Monday, 8:30 p.m. EST
Given all that has gone on surrounding the Dolphins of late, less attention has been paid to their upcoming matchup with the winless Bucs. For the Dolphins, who stand in third in the AFC East entering today, they need to win games like this against teams with inferior talent to stay in the postseason hunt. The Dolphins are one of three 4-4 teams that are currently on the outside looking in on the playoff picture.

AFC action

Colts (6-2) vs. Rams (3-6), 1 p.m. EST
For those with a long-range lens, the remaining schedule of the Colts will be worth monitoring. Indianapolis has established itself as the best team in the AFC South, and if both they and the Patriots keep up their current play, the two could vie for one of the top playoff spots in the conference. At season's end, the top two division winners from each conference earn a coveted first-round bye.

Bengals (6-3) at Ravens (3-5), 1 p.m. EST
The Bengals defeated the Patriots earlier this season, giving them the tiebreaker in the event the teams share an identical record at season's end. However, coming off of a disappointing Week 9 loss and without star defensive tackle Geno Atkins for the rest of the season, the Bengals have some wondering if they can keep up their strong start.

Broncos (7-1) at Chargers (4-4), 4:25 p.m. EST
A stretch of two games against the Chiefs sandwiched by a trip to Foxborough looms large for the Broncos, but they'll first look to take down a competitive Chargers team in their first game under interim head coach Jack Del Rio, who is filling in for John Fox as he continues to recover from a recent medical issue. Denver is another team to keep an eye on as it relates to AFC seeding down the stretch.

Current AFC East standings
1. Patriots (7-2)
2. Jets (5-4)
3. Dolphins (4-4)
4. Bills (3-6)

Current AFC standings
1. Chiefs (9-0)
2. Patriots (7-2)
3. Colts (6-2)
4. Bengals (6-3)
5. Broncos (7-1)
6. Jets (5-4)

7. Titans (4-4)
8. Dolphins (4-4)
9. Chargers (4-4)