NFL Roundup 9/21: AFC East EditionDate: September 21, 2022
By: Justin Oosterwyk
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AFC East Standings:
Miami Dolphins: 2-0
Buffalo Bills: 2-0
New York Jets: 1-1
New England Patriots: 1-1
Miami Dolphins Complete an Epic Comeback to Defeat the Baltimore Ravens, 42-38
All hope was lost going into the fourth quarter, with the Dolphins being down 35-14, but Tua Tagovailoa was not ready to give up, and lead the Dolphins to score 28 points to win the game.
Tagovailoa ended with 469 yards and six touchdowns for the day. Jaylen Waddle and Tyreek Hill also had outstanding showings with a combined 361 receiving yards and four touchdowns. Defensively, the Dolphins could not stop anything but in the fourth quarter, they put on the clamps to hold the Ravens to three points.
Next week the Buffalo Bills come into town.
Buffalo Runs Over Tennessee, 41-7
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Josh Allen and the Bills' offense continued where they left off last week. Allen had 317 yards of passing with four touchdowns and Stephon Diggs had a massive game with 12 receptions, 148 yards, and 3 touchdowns on the night.
The real stars of the night were the Bills' defense, holding the Titans to seven points the entire night. They also created four turnovers and completely shut down Derrick Henry to only 25 rushing yards.
Next week they take on the Miami Dolphins.
Flacco Leads the Jets to Improbable Comeback Against the Browns, Winning 31-30
The Browns did what only the Browns could do by giving up a 14-point lead with two minutes left in the game.
Joe Flacco led the team in passing with 307 yards in the air and four touchdowns. The breakout star was rookie Garret Wilson with eight catches, 102 yards, and 2 touchdowns.
After a disappointing loss last week, this win was a spirit raiser for all Jets fans as they get ready to face the hungry Cincinnati Bengals.
New England Wins Ugly in Pittsburgh 17-14
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The Patriots bounced back against a good Steelers team to stay in the hunt in the wild AFC East. Mac Jones had a decent day with 252 passing yards, a touchdown, and an interception while Dameon Harris and the running attack had a total of 124 rushing yards with one touchdown.
Nelson Agholor also had a breakout game with 110 receiving yards and one touchdown.
The real standouts were the defense holding Mitch Trubisky and the Steelers to 14 points and sacking him three times throughout the afternoon. Next week they take on the Baltimore Ravens.
Week Two Awards
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This week’s division MVP goes to Tua Tagovailoa with his impressive come-from-behind win this week. His performance this weekend could change the narrative around this young quarterback.
The offensive player of the week is Stephon Diggs with his three touchdowns and 148 receiving yards. He is Josh Allen’s favorite target in this offense, and it will be interesting to see if they start using him in different ways as the season progresses.
The defensive player of the week goes to Gregory Rousseau with three solo tackles, one sack, and two tackles for loss. The Bills' defense looks phenomenal so far and it will be interesting to see if they can stay at the outstanding pace.
As we enter Week Three, we will focus on the NFC North.
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