AFC East Team Grades Weeks 3-4

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Buffalo Bills:

QB: A-

AFC East Team grades for weeks 3-4. Josh Allen is a high-level quarterback. He has shown that all season long, weeks three and four outstanding. He accounted for eight total touchdowns and just one interception over the past two weeks. His ability to make plays outside of the pocket with his legs makes him even more of a threat in the AFC East. Bravo, Josh Allen.

RB: B-

Devin Singletary continues to take the majority of the carries. While also contributing in the passing game. One can only wonder how his production will be once Zack Moss returns from his injury. But until then, look for Singletary to continue to be a constant contributor.

WR/TE: B+

The addition of Stefon Diggs in this offense continues to prove worthwhile. Cole Beasley and John Brown have also contributed over the past two weeks. Making this offense multi-dimensional and giving Josh Allen plenty of weapons to throw two on his pursuit of an MVP.

OL: C+

Unfortunately, Josh Allen getting sacked five times, as well as no 100-yard rushers. This offensive line has not been productive over the past couple of weeks. They will need to be more productive with the Tennessee Titans and Kansas City Chiefs coming to town over the next two weeks. Both of those teams have a solid pass rush. So, this line Hass to be on top of its game.

DL: C-

The defensive line’s interior has been torched by running backs of the past two weeks, including Darrell Henderson, who ran for 114 yards two weeks ago. Over the next two weeks, things could get ugly if this group doesn’t find a way to get going.

EDGE: D+

Much like the interior defensive line, the edge rush has also been nonexistent. Veterans like Jerry Hughes and Trent Murphy need to get this group going so that quarterbacks don’t have a field day on them.

LB: B-

Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano have played good football, accounting for most of the front seven’s tackles. This team has a tough two weeks coming up and will look to these guys to help control the middle of the field, so the DB’s can do their jobs.

DB: A-

This group may not have the flashy interception stats. Still, three of their starters: Tre’ Davious White, Micah Hyde, and Jordan Poyer contribute heavily in the defense, usually among the leaders in tackles. While 3rd year DB Taron Johnson continues to add more tackles, making this group one of the better tackling secondaries in the NFL.

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New England Patriots:

QB: C

What an eventful two weeks for the Patriots quarterbacks. Cam Newton started week three than he got COVID. Brian Hoyer starts week four, stinks. Jarrett Stidham comes in, stinks. Denver is up next, and someone needs to step up, or they are in danger of falling to 2-3 on the season.

RB: A

Now hear me out, Rex Burkhead is a good football player. But it isn’t just him. Over the past two weeks, the Patriots runningbacks tallied 375 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while adding 115 yards and one touchdown receiving. It’s finally real. We are a run-first team.

WR/TE: F

I may be harsh here, but they deserve it, we haven’t had a 100+ yard receiver in two weeks. Only one receiver has a touchdown, N’Keal Harry. Julian Edelman is dropping passes he could usually make in his sleep, and our tight ends are virtually nonexistent.

OL: B

They are only getting a B grade here for their run blocking because they have not been good against a good pass rush. Four sacks and ten QB hits have caused problems for our quarterbacks. They have got to perform better, or we are in for a long 12 games.

DL: B-

This group has done an excellent job against the run, not allowing a 100-yard rusher over the last two games. I would like to see more penetration in the backfield for more TFL’s. Lawrence Guy and Deatrich Wise Jr. will be people to watch moving forward.

EDGE: C+

Although the stats aren’t there, Chase Winovich is causing a lot of pressure. He was continually chasing around both Derek Carr and Patrick Mahomes, causing them to move outside the pocket to complete their throws. They need a more constant rush, though, and to get to the QB moving forward.

LB: D+

This group could use a guy that knows how to read and react to the offense. Unfortunately, Ja’ Whaun Bentley and Brandon Copeland haven’t been those guys. They have both tackled well but aren’t the best when it comes to pass coverage. Look for Bill Belichick to utilize more safeties in the box to cover tight ends and shallow routes.

DB: B+

Stephon Gilmore doesn’t look like the reigning DPOY. However, his supporting cast is looking promising in this young season. They held Darren Waller to just two catches in week three and didn’t allow the Chiefs fast receivers to have anyone over 100-yards. Adrian Phillips and Kyle Duggar have done good jobs covering the tight ends while the other DB’s do their best to contain the others.

Miami Dolphins:

The Miami Dolphins are 1-3, but their record doesn’t tell the story. Now four weeks into the season, this team is starting to jell and, at times, play good team football. Consistency from the QB position is a massive issue for this team, but Tua time isn’t far away. The coaching staff is doing well early. Game plans each week have been great. This coaching staff is keeping Miami in games.

QB: D+

Ryan Fitzpatrick has been his usual hot and cold self. His inconsistent play has been the question moving forward after week 4. Unable to convert two critical red zone drives into TDs and throw 2 INTs isn’t getting done. Right after being read hot Thursday night vs. the jags the week Prior, Typical Fitz!

RB: B-

This group now has a number one. Meet Myles Gaskin. Who was averaging 4 yards a carry over the last two weeks? He has solidified his place as the number 1 among the bunch. He is a solid choice out of the backfield catching. Adequate ball protection and his ability to hit the hole have earned him the starting node this year.

WR/TEs C-

Although Mike Gesicki and Devante Parker lead this group with steady hands and big plays. This group is struggling to find the endzone when it counts. Not to mention Preston Williams has 89 yards receiving through 4 games. This team needs more consistent play from this group.

Oline: B-

This group keeps getting better. Moving bodies around and giving up six sacks in 4 weeks is a considerable improvement from a year ago. Austin Jackson has gained some confidence since getting beat against buffalo. Solomon Kindley continues to his high play level as one of the best rookie offensive linemen week in and week out.

DLine: D+

This group is weak against the run and still struggles to maintain a solid pass rush. Spotty at best when it comes to making plays. Christian Wilkins is the one bright spot. At times he plugs holes well but not as much as you want to see on a down to down basis.

Edge Rushers: C-

Emmanuel Ogbah and Kyle Van Noy have finally shown up in Miami. Disrupting the QB and forcing turnovers is becoming a regular occurrence, but the ability to set the edge and force runners inside hurts this group.

LB: C-

Jerome Baker continues to have a solid year and leads this team with 32 tackles through 4 weeks. His leadership has been vital on defense as this team has played better since that week one loss in New England. Arm tackling way more than they should allow teams to get big plays against these LBs in space.

Secondary: B

Even tho the rookie Noah Igbinoghene at times can give up the big play. Xavien Howard continues to show why he is one of the best in the league by snagging the first red-zone pick Russell Wilson has thrown all year. That was his 2nd INT in as many weeks.

New York Jets:

The New York Jets are in mid-season form with an 0-4 start. The last two weeks seem to have found them getting even worse than the first two weeks. Before getting into the individual grades, it is worth noting that the coaching deserves a giant F with as many minutes as one can add. The undisciplined play, horrendous play-calling, and terrible decision making have all fallen squarely on the shoulders of Adam Gase and his coaching staff.

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QB: F

Sam Darnold has looked scared in how last two weeks of football. Last year, he said that he “sees ghosts,” which seems no different this year. The plus is simply because this is not all his fault. Only through coaching alone, Darnold has been let down, and that’s not to mention the failings of his “weapons.” Darnold holds on to the ball too long and seems only to find a modicum of success when moving the pocket and attempting to make plays on the run. This is something that has burned him, though, as can be seen by his ints.

RB: F

Le’ Veon Bell continues to be out with injury, and his replacements are having no success. Veteran Frank Gore is the only shining moment in this backfield as he continues to do what he has always done throughout his career; grind out a minimum of 3 yds on every touch. Rookie La’Mical Perrine has been lackluster at best. Ground and pound appear to be dead for Gang Green.

WR/TEs: F

There is not much to say here. Statistically, Braxton Barrios had an okay game in a blowout loss to the Colts, and Jamison Crowder had an okay game against the Broncos. Statistics do not tell the whole story, as these games can only be described as painful. Dropped passes and the inability to get open is the calling card for this corps.

OL: F

The failing of this group is evident in Sam Darnold and the backfield’s failure. They have failed to buy Darnold time, surrendering five sacks alone against an injured Broncos defense, and have failed to make any holes for the rushing game. The Jets focused on upgrading their offensive line this last off-season, and it appears not to be working.

DL: F

Yet another corps that is failing for the Jets. The Jet’s front line on defense has allowed opposing offenses to pretty much do as they please. Through the last two weeks, they have allowed four different rushers with over 4+ yds per carrying. This was evident in Broncos RB Melvin Gordon’s 107 yds and 2 TD performance.

Edge rushers: F

New York’s edge rushers failed to record any sacks against both the Broncos and Colts. It’s a problem to allow veteran QB Phillip Rivers to be comfortable in the pocket, but it’s a different problem when you allow an undrafted rookie to stand comfortably.

LB: F

Zero run support and zero pass support. This group may as well not even show up on game days. These last two weeks, they have shared blame with the defensive secondary for undisciplined and sloppy plays. There are constantly blown assignments and an overwhelming amount of penalties that hinder whatever performance they have.

Secondary: F

The only positive thing to come from the Jets secondary is the three ints they had against the Broncos. Other than that, this is another group that has been riddled with poor performance and penalties. Their play can be easily summed up by one play. Veteran CB Pierre Desir was in the perfect position to intercept a deep pass to Broncos’ rookie WR Jerry Jeudy. Instead of making a fair play, Desir inexplicably allowed the rookie to Moss him by literally taking the ball right off his facemask.

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