The AFC East will likely be decided the first weekend of December, as the Patriots need only a win in South Beach against the Dolphins to claim their ninth division title in 10 years.
New York Jets (4-7)
Gang Green somehow still has life. The Jets are coming off their embarrassing blowout loss to the Patriots on Thanksgiving night, but they now finish the season facing five teams with 4-7 records or worse. Keep in mind, 9-7 could easily add up to a Wildcard berth in the AFC. It starts Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals, losers of seven straight, visit MetLife Stadium.
New England Patriots (8-3)
Tom Brady and the end zone-happy Patriots have totaled 190 points over the last four games and are on an extremely hot path. The defense and special teams have been a big help, combining for five touchdowns in the last two games. New England should handle its business against the Dolphins Sunday and reset its sights on a first-round bye and home field advantage in the playoffs.
Buffalo Bills (4-7)
Running back C.J. Spiller continues to do a whole lot with very little, but it hasn't been enough to carry the weight of a franchise that can't shake its losing ways. However, the Bills have a favorable matchup this week, hosting the awful Jacksonville Jaguars. Buffalo, like the Jets, looks to make an improbable run. If both teams do so, they'll face off Week 17 in a game that could matter. But don't hold your breath.
Miami Dolphins (5-6)
The Dolphins are in a terrible position, hosting the red-hot Patriots in a must-win game. Then they face NFC powerhouse San Francisco, play winnable games against the Jaguars and Bills before finishing the season against New England. Miami could easily be mathematically out of the playoff race by next Sunday night.