Here are the most interesting stories Thursday in the AFC East:
How big of an issue is the New York Jets' offensive line?
Morning take: When you allow 11 sacks, it doesn't matter who is under center. The Bills have a chance to rattle former third-string quarterback Greg McElroy on Sunday.
Was Buffalo Bills safety Jairus Byrd a Pro Bowl snub?
Morning take: I would have picked Byrd over New York Jets safety LaRon Landry, although they play different safety roles. I think Byrd had a strong year. But not making the Pro Bowl actually helps the Bills keep the price down for the pending free agent.
New England Patriots Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski is still awaiting medical clearance.
Morning take: "Gronk" doesn’t need clearance this week. Next week is a much different story if the Patriots play in the wild-card round.
The Miami Dolphins will face the Patriots with a banged-up secondary.
Morning take: That’s not a good thing against New England's multi-faceted, up-tempo offense. No. 1 cornerback Sean Smith didn't practice and needs to be on the field for the Dolphins to have a chance for the upset.