AFC East Update: Week 6 Edition

The Jets were the only team in the AFC East to win in Week 5, ousting the Falcons on Monday night while the Patriots and Dolphins lost to the Bengals and Ravens, respectively, Sunday. Meanwhile, the Bills fell to the Browns last Thursday. Week 6 provides another opportunity for Gang Green to climb in the standings.

Return of Gronk

The Patriots are expected to finally get back their best offensive player not named Tom Brady in Rob Gronkowski. The veteran tight end has reportedly been moving well in practice this week and will be eased into Sunday's lineup when New England hosts the New Orleans Saints. Gronk won't be a full-timer right off the bat but should see some substantial time in the red zone, where he's highly-valued. The Patriots' struggling offense will be up against a stout Saints' defense, while New England's defense will face an even more potent Drew Brees-led offense.

O-line troubles

Miami's bye week couldn't come at a better time, as at least five of its defensive starters are nicked up, and the offensive line is suffering sieve-like symptoms. The Dolphins have lost their last two games after starting the season 3-0 and have some serious problems to resolve, most notably their offensive line, which has allowed a league-high 24 sacks. The Dolphins also need to get their best defensive player, Cameron Wake, healthy if they want to get off to a good start in their a post-bye run.

Don't be so Thad

The Bills are in trouble. They lost their prized first-round quarterback E.J. Manuel last week to an LCL injury, which will require half a dozen weeks to recover. Their backup, undrafted rookie Jeff Tuel, turned out to be a dud in spell time, which prompted Buffalo to call up practice-squader Thad Lewis to the big leagues. Lewis will start for the last-place Bills Sunday against the Bengals. Assuming either the Jets or Patriots win in Week 6, a loss would put Buffalo in a gigantic hole less than halfway through the season.


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