As New England fans, we are lucky that our teams compete in tough divisions. While many important conference games come down to the nail-biting wire, it's more satisfying as a fan to watch your team grind out a win against a division rival.
The AFC East is no different. As we ease out of talks of the AL East and slide into Week 4 of the NFL, the Patriots have already faced off against two division opponents, posting a 1-1 AFC East Record. By Tuesday morning, we'll have seen what every team in the division can throw New England's way this season — but most football fans have already done their homework on the AFC this year.
So we ask you, who is the best receiver in the AFC East?
Most of these teams have more than one dangerous option when it comes to catching the long ball, but who is the cream of the crop — who has the best hands in the division?
We'll start on our home turf, with the New England pair of Wes Welker and Randy Moss. While Moss' natural talents may exceed those of Welker, it's the gritty nature of Welker that is loved by fans, not to mention more importantly, quarterback Tom Brady. You can always count on Welker to provide Brady with plenty of various targets throughout the game. But then there's Moss, with the reach of Stretch Armstrong, it seems there's nothing this guy can't catch when he's beating a defender into the end zone.
When it comes to Gang Green, Braylon Edwards definitely was effective against the Patriots in Week 2, and hasn't seemed to let his DWI arrest slow him down. He ranks second to tight end Dustin Keller in receiving yards with 141 on the season with two touchdowns. The Jets also are awaiting the debut of Santonio Holmes, who is eagerly anticipating his return to the gridiron after a five-game suspension. Based on his 2009 stats, Holmes' return is definitely one to be aware of in the AFC East.
Then there's the one that shaky Patriots defense have to look out for this Monday night. Dolphins top receiver Brandon Marshall is definitely an effective option and will run all over the defense if they don't keep him close. Marshall ranks second to only Welker when it comes to receptions, pulling in 329 since 2007. Coming off a big week against New York (10 catches, 166 yards and a TD), the Patriots will have to put their best foot forward to match up with Marshall.
Week 4 marks the last AFC East matchup for the Patriots until December, but for now, who is the best here? Is it one of the receivers above, or is there a diamond in the rough up in Buffalo? You decide.
Who do you believe is the best receiver in the AFC East?
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