The AFC East hasn’t lived up to all the hype, but as the 2023 season hits the stretch run, one of the most fascinating races will be a fight at the top between the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins.
While the New England Patriots and New York Jets look to play the role of spoiler, the Bills and Dolphins look like teams ready to make a deep playoff run. Let’s start with those Bills who crushed the Dallas Cowboys 31-10 on Sunday.
After a 6-6 start, Josh Allen and the Bills’ offense suddenly look like that team most defenses feared coming into the season. With Allen behind center, the passing game is always dangerous with Stephon Diggs on the outside and two talented tight ends in Dawson Knox and Dalton Kincaid making plays in the middle of the field. But what has made the offense more complete over the last few games is the compliment of the run game.
AFC East hype: Buffalo Bills stampeding offensively at just the right time
In taking over as offensive coordinator, Joe Brady has the offensive dominating in ball control. Led by a career day from James Cook who ran through the Cowboys defense for 179 yards, the Bills have been calling more running plays which has made them a more efficient offense as obviously displayed the last two weeks with big wins over the Cowboys and Kansas City Chiefs.
Are the Bills back to dominance? With the way Brady has called the offense and how the defense has stepped up to compliment the reemergence of the Bills’ offensive efficiency, they look like a tough team to beat no matter who they play, where they play.
In a season in which he has taken his own slack for the team’s mediocre play, Bills head coach Sean McDermott had nothing but praise for his team’s preparation in all three phrases of the game.
"The preparation during the week, the guys did a phenomenal job, along with the staff. I need to credit the staff," McDermott said, via the team’s official website. "Good game plans on all three phases. You know, in order to prepare to play like that, it takes a lot of preparation by the coaches, by the staff. The players put in a lot of time. They knew the challenge."
The next challenge is to try to overrate that team down in South Beach.