Patriots get breathing room on bye week

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The New England Patriots won on Sunday despite not even playing a game.

With the Bills losing at home to the Chiefs and the Dolphins losing on the road to the Lions, New England's division lead grew.

AFC East standings

Patriots 7-2

Dolphins 5-4

Bills 5-4

Jets 2-8

Looking ahead, the Bills visit the Dolphins on Thursday night, which will create further separation for one of the two teams directly behind the Patriots before New England's game at Indianapolis next Sunday night.