NFL Nation: 2013 NFL Midseason Report AFC East

Midseason Report: New England Patriots

November, 6, 2013
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How are they doing it?

That has been a common question from out-of-town media members in recent weeks when it comes to the New England Patriots and their 7-2 record. Many teams that sustain similar injuries to key players usually struggle, but the Patriots have persevered with depth players meeting the challenge in expanded roles and the club finding a way to come through in the few crucial plays that often determine the outcome of games.

It hasn't always looked pretty -- and that might explain why some grades are a bit lower than one might expect from a first-place team. Feel free to grade the “grader” in the comments section and let us know if we were too easy, too harsh or just right.

Midseason Report: New York Jets

November, 6, 2013
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On the eve of the season opener, New York Jets coach Rex Ryan gave his team a visual presentation that set a tone. He showed the ESPN.com Power Rankings for Week 1, which placed the Jets at No. 32. They took it as an insult and used it as motivation.

Two months later, the Jets still talk about those Power Rankings, mocking them.

Can you blame them? At 5-4, the Jets are one of the biggest surprises in the NFL, a legitimate wild-card contender in the AFC. Except for the front seven, there's not an abundance of talent on the roster, but Ryan and his staff have terrifically managed the highs and lows that come with having five rookies in the starting lineup, including the quarterback. Only one of their remaining opponents has a winning record, so the Jets should be in it for the duration.

On to the grades ...

 

Midseason Report: Buffalo Bills

November, 6, 2013
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The Buffalo Bills are 3-6. They're in last place in the AFC East. At this point, their chances of making the playoffs are fading.

Those are just the facts with the Bills as they enter the second half of this season. But there are mitigating factors: They have a first-year coach, a first-year general manager, and they've run through three starting quarterbacks in nine games, two of which are rookies. Under those circumstances, the odds are stacked against you in the NFL.

That's the context for our midseason Bills report card. The Bills haven't gotten the play they need out of most positions and most players. But the talent is there. The potential is there. What hasn't been there, to this point, are the results.

 

Midseason Report: Miami Dolphins

November, 6, 2013
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The Miami Dolphins (4-4) enter the midpoint of their season as a .500 team. There have been plenty of ups and downs in the first eight games.

Here is a look back at Miami’s first-half grades:

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