Patriots QB Tom Brady has been unimpressive this season, as has the rest of the division.
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The AFC East is collectively 7-9 through four weeks of the season. Of those 7 wins, 3 are against the Oakland Raiders – a team so bad it just fired its head coach less than 30 days into the season – 2 are against other AFC East teams (Dolphins over Patriots and Bills over Dolphins), 1 is a Bills upset overtime win over the Chicago Bears and the other is a Patriots win over the Adrian Peterson-less, Teddy Bridgewater-less Minnestota Vikings. None of those wins except maybe the Bears win are anything to feel proud of. The Patriots are still the prohibitive favorite to win the division since they still have Tom Brady at QB (and 50% of Tom Brady still looks like 100% of either E.J. Manuel, Kyle Orton, Ryan Fitzpatrick or Geno Smith) and arguably the easiest schedule in the division. But it’s worth wondering if the Patriots were in any other division in football if they would even be a playoff contender come December.
Here are a look at the five biggest losers from NFL Week 4:
New York Jets – The worst part about the loss to Detroit is that was supposed to be one of the easier games on the first-half of the schedule. Starting on October 5th, the Jets play the Chargers, Broncos and Patriots in an 11-day stretch.
New England Patriots – If this team played in any other division in football, they would not even be considered a contender for the division title. But because it’s the AFC East, they’re still almost a lock for the division title.
Oakland Raiders – This team’s issues start at the bottom with the lack of talent and youth, and go all the way up to owner Mark Davis. If interim head coach Tony Sparano can win more than 4 games with this team he deserves a medal.
Pittsburgh Steelers – There’s a serious problem when a team that only barely beat the Browns on a last second FG loses at home to an 0-3 team.
New Orleans Saints – Games like the one the Saints defense had against the Cowboys are why Rob Ryan has never been seriously considered for a head coaching job. Only 3 teams in the NFL have given up more points in the first four weeks.