Here are the most interesting stories Thursday morning in the AFC East:
Should New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez make the Pro Bowl for the AFC?
Morning take: Sanchez has career highs in touchdowns (21) and passer rating (83.1), but he is not a Pro Bowl quarterback. Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger are locks. The third quarterback is debatable.
Quarterback Tom Brady says the New England Patriots' defense doesn't put pressure on their offense.
Morning take: I don’t buy that at all. New England has the worst-rated defense. The proof is in the numbers and on film. Brady is just protecting his teammates and saying the right thing.
Will Buffalo Bills receiver Steve Johnson stay or go?
Morning take: I think it all comes down to the price tag. The Bills have a good idea what Johnson's value is to the team. If it doesn't match up to what Johnson's reps think his value is, he will walk or get the one-year franchise tag.
Miami Dolphins interim head coach Todd Bowles is taking a no-nonsense approach to running the team.
Morning take: Bowles has a three-game audition for the job, and it starts in Buffalo. You never know how a team will respond to a coaching change. But the Dolphins have fought hard through adversity all year.