Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 11/18/14
New England Patriots, DOWN: The Patriots have had a rough June and early July, but they've also made the proper moves in limiting the distractions brought on by Aaron Hernandez's arrest. The biggest football concern the Patriots have at the moment is a definite lack of productive receivers for Tom Brady to throw to. In the past, that wouldn't have been such a big issue until the playoffs, but this year, it looks like the Dolphins will be a tough team, and without receivers, even Tom Brady may find it difficult to continue ruling the AFC East. Miami Dolphins, FLAT: The Dolphins have been pegged by many as this year's up-and-comers. Miami is a young team with a potential star at quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, but all the extra attention and added expectations could be the distraction that de-rails the Dolphins' playoff hopes. Joe Philbin's job will be to keep his team focused, because frankly, if they can do that, they have a very real opportunity to shake the power structure of the AFC East. New York Jets, DOWN: Mark Sanchez is very confident he'll beat out rookie Geno Smith for the Jets' starting job, and frankly, that doesn't bode well for the Jets, primarily because that confidence likely stems from seeing Smith in practice. At this point, it looks as if the Jets may start the season with Sanchez and finish with Smith starting under an interim head coach. Yeah, it could get that bad in New York. Buffalo Bills, SLIGHTLY UP: There hasn't been a lot of news out of Buffalo of late, and in this case, that's actually a good thing. The biggest step for the Bills will come in preseason action, and all eyes will be on E.J. Manuel and Doug Marrone. There won't be high expectations from the team at this point, so at least the Bills have that going for them. So long as Manuel steadily develops, there's hope for the future. [follow]
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Mark Cuban will play the President in 'Sharknado 3'

Five most exciting one-bid conference tournaments

Report: Redskins interested in Ndamukong Suh

Report: Darrelle Revis likely to hit free agent market

Le'Veon Bell could face up to a four-game suspension

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Giants place franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul

Vikings GM: Team has spoken with Adrian Peterson

Yu Darvish on notion he quit on Rangers: ‘That’s BS‘

Tiger Woods' agent refutes drug suspension claim

Bryce Harper says he needs to ‘step up’ this season

Report: Chiefs place franchise tag on Justin Houston

Nik Stauskas wears Michigan State gear after lost bet

Bret Bielema takes away player's car after DUI

NHL player traded after daughter's heartbreaking letter

Curt Schilling unloads on Twitter trolls again

Pirates Corey Hart cut his foot getting into a whirlpool

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter, jabs Clemson

Michael Jordan makes his first Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young rips ESPN anchor over Iggy Azalea insult

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

Could Holly Holm be a worthy challenger for Ronda Rousey?

Gronk spikes Lombardi Trophy cake on his bro's head

In defense of Geno Smith

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Mark Cuban will be Prez in 'Sharknado 3'

Report: Redskins interested in Suh

Report: Revis likely to hit free agency

Steve Spurrier joins Twitter

MJ makes Forbes billionaire list

Nick Young fires back at Robert Flores

Sad LeBron literally looks in mirror after loss to Rockets

MLS 2015 season preview

Report: Broncos to franchise Demaryius

James Harden kicks LeBron in groin

Lynch: 'I was expecting the ball'

Report: Rangers get Yandle from Coyotes

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.