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The Patriots don’t just rule the AFC East, they own it. They’ve won the last eight titles by an average of 3.4 games, an awesome margin in a sport with a 16-game season.

With the Bills and Jets meeting in Western New York and the Dolphins idle because of Hurricane Irma on Sunday, the Patriots are guaranteed to end Week 1 of the 2017 NFL season tied for last place in the AFC East.

That is highly unlikely to be where the defending Super Bowl champions will find themselves at season’s end, no matter how ugly they looked in that 42-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday.

The Patriots have won eight straight division titles and 14 of the last 16, coming up short only in 2002 and ’08 when they lost out on tiebreakers to the Jets and Dolphins, respectively.

The Patriots don’t just rule the AFC East, they own it. They’ve won the last eight titles by an average of 3.4 games, an awesome margin in a sport with a 16-game season.

No reason to see any changes there. Still, here’s a look at where the AFC East contenders/pretenders stand and what’s in store for them:

Miami Dolphins

The Overview: The Dolphins started 1-4 last season before winning nine of their final 11 games to finish 10-6 and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2008. They apparently bought into what they had because their main offseason moves were re-signing or extending contracts of their own players with a heavy emphasis on keeping intact a defense that finished 18th in points allowed and 29th in yards allowed. The return on those investments is likely to determine the Fins’ fate.

The Quarterback: Ryan Tannehill is out for the year with a torn ACL, which led the Dolphins to lure Jay Cutler out of retirement. Call it an exchange of mediocrity. Cutler has a career record of 68-71, isn’t a leader, is frequently sacked, and has averaged an interception per game in his 11-year career.

The Player: The Dolphins’ surprising surge last season can be traced to the offense, which increased its scoring from 17.6 to 25 points per game after Week 5. Credit that to an expanded role for running back Jay Ajayi, who rushed for 1,155 yards and six touchdowns on 229 carries in the final 11 games.

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The Week 4 matchup is an intriguing one, but one the Falcons should win.

Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images

Generally, Falcons opponents fall into one of three buckets. There’s the good teams like the Patriots and Packers who figure to present a stiff challenge, the bad teams like the Jets who should be steamrolled with impunity, and the weird, always interesting divisional matchups. Some years, though, you get the teams who are somewhere between contender and pretender, and it’s not clear until the games start just where they’ll fall.

The Falcons get two of those in their first four games with the Lions and then the Buffalo Bills. Atlanta gets Buffalo at home, where a team with one of the league’s most compelling quarterbacks, a potent rushing attack, and a capable defense will try to upset the reigning NFC Champions. Can they do it?

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NBC owns the right to flex games into the Sunday Night window after week 5 of the regular season, in order to put superior product on the television in case the original scheduling turns out flat. CBS and FOX can protect games to prevent losing high quality games in order to save their own ratings. The week 14 games between the Patriots and the Texans was flexed to Sunday Night Football earlier this season, the Patriots sixth prime time game of the year.

New England had already played the Steelers (week 1), Colts (week 6), Dolphins (week 8), Bills (week 11), Broncos (week 12) in prime time.

The flex schedule only applies to games on Sunday, and week 16 offers a weak slate. The two best games of the wee (Eagles-Washington; Bengals-Broncos) are on Saturday and Monday, respectively, and couldn’t be flexed. Sunday offered just the Patriots-Jets (on CBS), the PanthersFalcons (on FOX), and PackersCardinals (on FOX).

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On Christmas night, order one of the fifty greatest New York Jets of all time arrived at our house in Atlanta for dinner. We’d already begun eating, link unsure if he’d show up at all. But here Bill Mathis was, smiling as we helped him out of the car. He and his wife, Burnsie, are old friends of my stepmother, who invited them to join us for our holiday meal. I’d never met Bill before, but soon found myself—being the youngest and presumably strongest of the group—in an intimate embrace with him, lifting him out of the car. I put my hands under his huge arms and tried to pull his thick, two-hundred-and-seventy-pound trunk, clothed in an N.F.L.-labeled fleece jacket, from the passenger seat and into a wheelchair that Burnsie had removed from the back.

It took twenty minutes to maneuver Bill—through tight doorways, around heavy furniture and sniffing dogs—to the head of our dinner table, some sixty feet away. The whole journey there, he didn’t say a word. Though he just turned seventy-seven years old, Bill has the surprisingly smooth face and thick hair of a much younger man. He played for the New York Jets—and their predecessor, the Titans—back in the sixties, when they were part of the since discontinued American Football League. Hall of Famer Joe Namath roomed with him on the road: their coach instructed Bill to keep the charismatic young quarterback out of trouble. (“Tough,” Mathis told me.) In 1969 Mathis won a Super Bowl with Namath, and tonight, as usual, he had the massive ring on his finger, which he let me hold: it had the startling heft of a lead bullet. Namath had just called Bill a few hours earlier, to wish his old running back a merry Christmas and ask Burnsie how her husband of almost forty years was doing. The answer, Namath must have known: not so well.

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Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick would “rather not play football” than return to the Jets at their current contract offer, seek according to Adam Schefter.

Update – 5 p.m.: This report has been refuted by Brian Costello on Twitter. “Fitz wants to play, store ” Costello wrote.

The Jets have reportedly offered between $7-8 million to Fitzpatrick. The team reportedly also prefers an incentive-driven contract offer, but Fitzpatrick is resisting such an offer, according to Brian Costello.

The Jets and Fitzpatrick have been far apart in contract negotitations all offseason. Fitzpatrick is reportedly seeking something comparable to what other NFL starters have gotten this offseason, while the Jets offer has been much lower.

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It may be the off-season for the W-League, store but the Newcastle Jets Women are still busy, unhealthy promoting women in the sport.

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CLEVELAND – The green-and-white spin cycle was dizzying.

Lost in all the tales of inspiring halftime locker room speeches and imaginary momentum was this simple fact: We witnessed two bad football teams trading turns being bad in front of a sparse crowd counting down the hours to first pitch.

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CHESTER, tadalafil N.J.– After defeating rival West Morris Mendham, vialis 40mg Kevin Hennelly of West Morris Central High School earned the N.Y. Jets High School Coach of the Week award.

Coach Hennelly will be presented with a certificate and award ball and is invited to watch Gang Green take on the Buffalo Bills on Jan. 1 at MetLife Stadium, the organization said in a news release.

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