Around the AFC East: Now with Power Rankings and Game Picks

And so it begins. Can Ryan Tannehill and the Dolphins catch Tom Brady and the Patriots this season?

New England Patriots — via Patriots Gab

– Tom Brady’s go-to tight end Rob Gronkowski returned to practice this week after missing all of training camp and the preseason. Morgan Smith breaks down what that means here.

– Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson is talking trash in advance of Sunday’s divisional showdown with New England.

New York Jets — via Jets Gab

– Geno Smith will start at quarterback on Sunday in the season opener, writes Andy Green.

– New York recently signed former first-round pick Brady Quinn to backup Smith at quarterback.

Buffalo Bills — Bills Gab

– It looks like the Bills won’t have to rely on undrafted rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel, after all. The 16th overall pick in April’s draft — EJ Manual — will get the start, according to reports.

– The Sports Gab Network is currently looking to hire someone to cover the Buffalo Bills at Bills Gab this season and beyond. Email [email protected] to apply.

What you may have missed at Dolphins Gab

I break down why I believe Sunday is a must-win for the Dolphins.

– Has the Dolphins’ secondary improved enough with some of the league’s top quarterbacks on the slate?

AFC East Power Rankings

1. New England Patriots — Tom Brady will still make it look easy with receivers most fans have never heard of.

2. Miami Dolphins — If the Patriots do slip this season, the Dolphins — on paper, at least — appear to be the most likely suitor to take over the reigns in the division. But there is so much this team must prove.

3. Buffalo Bills — The Bills have more talent than many give them credit for. Playing Buffalo twice isn’t the guaranteed sweep some Dolphins fans think it is.

4. New York Jets — The Jets are a mess on offense, but I’ll stop short of calling them the worst team in football. The defense is capable of keeping games competitive.

Week 1 Picks (Dolphins pick to be revealed later in week): 

New England 27, Buffalo 17

Tampa Bay 16, New York Jets 13


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