Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Jets' Roster Moves, Plus a look at the next few weeks in the AFC East

To make room for S Eric Smith, OL Will Montgomery has been released (again). Former Rutgers LB Brandon Renkart was released off the practice squad, so there's now a spot available there.

So through the first five games, the Jets sit at 3-2. If they can take care of business against Oakland on the road this Sunday and at home against Kansas City the week after, they will be 5-2 heading in to Buffalo to take on the Bills in what could turn the tide in this division. The Bills host the San Diego Chargers this week before traveling to Miami to face the Dolphins. That could be an 0-2 stretch, but more likely, they'll split the two games, setting up a battle of two 5-2 teams on top of the AFC East.

What about the Patriots you ask? They sit at 3-2, tied with the Jets, ready to host the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football and then the St. Louis Rams the following Sunday. The Broncos pose an interesting matchup, as they usually play well against the Patriots. On paper, they have the cornerback to stop Moss and Welker, but could Matt Cassel get them the ball anyway? Even without Brady, they should be able to beat the lowly Rams though. Then they face Indianapolis on the road the same week as the Jets-Bills matchup.

I have to mention the Dolphins, who are 2-3 and right there in the divisional race. They host the Baltimore Ravens and the Bills the next two weeks, and even though most people thought they were a shoe-in for last heading into the season, beating the Patriots and Chargers proves that they belong in the conversation for now.

The AFC East shapes up to be one of the more difficult divisions in football. Hell, the AFC in general is fairly even for the top 11 or 12 teams. Taking care of business against the dregs of the NFL like the Chiefs and Raiders (and the Rams after the Bills game) will go a long way towards determining the playoff scenario.

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