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Morning take: Will Patriots get a bye?

Here are the most interesting stories Monday in the AFC East:

  • The New England Patriots still have a chance at one of the top two seeds in the AFC if they win and the Houston Texans or Denver Broncos lose in Week 17.

Morning take: This is a stunning development considering New England was expected to get a No. 3 seed heading into Week 16. But Houston’s recent loss provides two options of hope for New England.

  • The New York Jets didn't care to pass protect for quarterback Greg McElroy, who was sacked an astounding 11 times in a loss to the San Diego Chargers.

Morning take: Former starter Mark Sanchez was probably happy he didn't have to take that kind of pounding.

  • The Buffalo Bills most likely will lose starting tight end Scott Chandler for the remainder of the season.

Morning take: According to Bills coach Chan Gailey, Chandler's knee injury isn't good. Chandler in some ways is the glue to the passing game but could have a lot of rehab ahead.

  • The Miami Dolphins rookie running back Lamar Miller had a landmark game in a 24-10 win over the Bills.

Morning take: Miller played well with 73 rushing yards on 10 attempts. He could be Reggie Bush’s replacement next year if the price tag is too high in free agency.