We're still only 10 weeks into the 2022 season, but the AFC East has the potential to be the best single-season division in NFL history when all is said and done, and the NY Jets are a part of the reason why.
No division in NFL history has ever had every team finish above .500 nor has any division sent every team to the postseason. Through 10 weeks, the AFC East is on pace to make history on both accounts.
If the season were to end today, the Miami Dolphins (7-3), Jets (6-3), Buffalo Bills (6-3), and New England Patriots (5-4) would all not only finish with a winning record, but each team would make the playoffs as well.
The 1997 NFC Central did feature four teams with a 9-7 record or better, including the eventual NFC champion Green Bay Packers, but the division was also home to the 4-12 Chicago Bears who finished in last place.
The 2022 AFC East has the potential to accomplish two feats that the NFL has never seen before.
The NY Jets are in the hardest division in the NFL at the moment
It's not just the AFC East that's been dominating teams this season. The NFC East is also home to four teams with a .500 record or better. In fact, the Washington Commanders (5-5) are just a half-game out of the playoffs despite being in last place in their division.
Both eastern divisions continue to rack up wins while, the less said about the southern divisions, the better.
Most expected the powerhouse Bills to run away with the AFC East prior to the start of the season. Preseason odds listed the Bills as having roughly a 76 percent chance to win the division. As for the Jets, most sites gave them 2-4 percent odds to steal the AFC East.
Through 10 weeks, the Jets find themselves ahead of the Bills in the division race with a victory in hand. In fact, Buffalo has yet to win a division game having lost to both the Jets and the Dolphins.
In a season where there has been so much parity, the AFC East has reigned supreme as the division to beat in the NFL. And in just a couple of months, we could be talking about this division as one of, if not the, best in NFL history.