This division took one on the chin in week 9. New England’s patchwork defense got it handed to them in week 9 as Belichick’s old buddy Eric Mangini and crew cruised to a shocking 34-14 victory. Miami’s offense floundered all game as the Ravens neutralized Brandon Marshall and held the Dolphins to 10 points. The NY Jets were the lone East team to emerge with a victory but in less than impressive fashion as they required OT to defeat a 2-6 Detroit team. Buffalo continued their winless streak and are now 0-8 despite three straight games that came down to the final minutes.
In week 10, the New England offense will likely continue its struggles when they travel to face the Steelers top ranked defense. BJGE is best avoided and I would consider benching Tom Brady if your backups have favorable matchups as Tom Terrific has struggled since Moss left town.
The Jets travel to face Cleveland in another grudge match for Browns head coach Eric Mangini against his former team. Cleveland’s defense has held Drew Brees and Tom Brady in check the past two games so temper your expectations for the Jets offense this week. LT hasn’t topped 60 yards in three straight games and might be hitting a bit of wall. Miami’s offense will look to get on track as they welcome the Titans and recent acquisition Randy Moss to town. The Tennessee pass defense ranks 23rd allowing 240 yards/game so expect the Henne to Marshall connection to succeed this week. Buffalo could be in line for their first win as they host a better than their record Detroit team that will likely be without Matthew Stafford. Detroit as an emerging pass rush but their secondary remains among the league’s worst as they rank 22nd and the rush defense is even worse ranked 27th which makes Fred Jackson worth considering in week 10 (worth noting that after week 10, Buffalo has a brutal rushing schedule on the horizon).
NEW ENGLAND: Danny Woodhead might see increased snaps at the expense of BJGE in week 10 as the Pats face another tough run defense (Pittsburgh) and might feature increased short passes to RBs.
NY JETS: WR Braylon Edwards won’t have his DWI case heard until January meaning he won’t miss any regular season games due to suspension.
MIAMI: Brandon Marshall faced double teams all game in week 9 which might serve as blueprint for limiting the Miami offense.
BUFFALO: The Bills defense might be worth considering in week 10 as they could be facing Lions back Drew Stanton and might welcome new addition Shawn Merriman.