The American Football Conference-Eastern Division (AFC East) will kick off our Sunday in the Skybox team by team 2012 Preview. This division (composed of the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and New York Jets) has a combined total of 6 Superbowl wins. Superbowl XLVI runner-up New England Patriots have controlled this division over the last decade winning 8 of the last 10 Division titles. Another fun fact about this division is that it could be renamed, the Bill Parcells division. Parcells himself coached for the New England Patriots and New York Jets. Most recently Parcells was Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins. Over the years, current and former head coaches such as Bill Belichick are from the Bill Parcells coaching tree.
Bad Blood in this Division: There has been long-standing rivalries in this division. One of the biggest rivalries in football has always been the Jets and the Dolphins. These teams have gone back and forth in some hard-fought games giving the Jets the overall advantage of 47-43-1. The Dolphins have also had their battles with the Bills, meeting in the playoffs 4 times. The most recent rivalry has been with the Patriots and the Jets. It has mirrored the bad blood similar to the baseball Yankees and the Red Sox. The Jets have mostly played second fiddle to the Pats, but NY has been competitive in recent years, playing the Patriots in playoff battles twice in the past six years.
Recently, there have been quite a few great moments between the teams in this division. In 2008, the Dolphins pulled an upset win (38-13) over the Patriots using the WildCat offense. Sadly Dolphins fans can’t shake the memory of a 41-14 loss to the Patriots during Monday Night Football in 2010. The next day, the Dolphins fired Special Teams coach John Bonamego for managing to give up 21 points in huge special teams mistakes. We all loved watching the battles between Randy Moss as a Patriot vs CB Derrelle Revis of the Jets. Speaking of Revis, he called New England Patriot head coach Bill Belichick a “jerk” during a word association game played on ESPN againt Patriot TE Rob Gronkowski–awkward. Continue reading