Morning take: Patriots playoff ranking

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

Morning take: I would say No. 1 or No. 2 along with the Denver Broncos. We could have another Tom Brady-Peyton Manning showdown if both teams stay focused this weekend.

  • The Buffalo Bills are reportedly seeking to interview Jacksonville Jaguars defensive coordinator Mel Tucker for their similar opening.

Morning take: Tucker has been a defensive coordinator since 2008 with Cleveland and Jacksonville. Tucker and New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine are the early candidates.

Morning take: Cavanaugh failed to make Mark Sanchez or Tim Tebow better; in fact, both players regressed this season. So this was no surprise.

Morning take: Miami exceeded expectations with a 7-9 record, and has plenty of cap room and draft picks to make a jump. Things could get interesting for the Dolphins in 2013.