Sunday night’s road win against the Broncos helped the Patriots take advantage of a bad weekend by their Division rivals and helps give them some breathing room with a big stretch looming for them.
Both the Bills and Jets lost on Sunday, with the Bills losing their second-straight game and bringing what had been a promising start to a screeching halt as the Bills dropped to 5-4 after a 47-10 blowout loss to the Saints.
New England’s 41-16 win over Denver improved them to 7-2 on the season, putting the Patriots firmly in control of the AFC East with Miami (4-4) set to take on the Panthers Monday night.
Current AFC East Standings:
New England: 7-2
Buffalo Bills: 5-4
Miami Dolphins: 4-4
New York Jets: 4-6
It’s been a strange start schedule-wise for the Patriots this season, who so far at nine games in has faced just one division opponent, having played the Jets back on October 15th. That will all change in the coming weeks thanks to the fact after next week’s game against the Raiders, the Patriots will play five of their final six games against their AFC East Rivals.
That stretch will begin with three straight division games. New England will play a home game against Miami, who is up first on November 26th, followed by two road games as they head to Buffalo on December 3rd and then to Miami on December 11th.
From there they’ll have just one non-division opponent left to play, with a trip to Pittsburgh on tap on December 17th. They’ll close out the season at home at Gillette Stadium over the final two games against the Bills on Christmas Eve, followed by the Jets on New Years eve.