With almost a quarter of the 2015 season played here in Hard Knocks, it's about time we take a spin around the league to see where teams are at. In a two part segment, we will be looking at all the teams in HK and giving our quarterly report on them. What are their areas of strength? What do they need to improve? Are they already looking forward to the Pablo sweepstakes? With all that being said, let's start off with the AFC side of things as we take a look at the AFC East. Miami Dolphins (4-0): After the disappointment of the simmed season results, _MG_ has his team rolling so far this year as they have come flying out the gates with a 4-0 start. The defense forces you to be one dimensional (only allowing 42 rushing yards per game) leaving opposing QBs being forced to throw the ball to gain yardage; and so far this plan has worked. On offense the team stands alone in HK as the only team yet to throw an interception, and with only 2 giveaways in 4 games (on two fumbles) this team isn't likely to 'giveaway' a game on offense. The formula for the Dolphins is simple; use their rushing attack (3rd in HK with 150 yards a game) on offense and stop the run on defense. So far so good for the boys down in Miami as they hold a 1.5 game lead over the Bills. The one question with the Dolphins is Ryan Tannehill, and it has nothing to do with his on-field performances. Rumblings out of Miami are that he will hit the free agency market come the end of the season, but with the team doing so well to start the year, might he (and the team ownership) have a change of heart and strike a deal to keep him in South Beach? Buffalo Bills (3-1): After a 3-0 start to the season the Bills were finally undone down in Miami 21-14 in a game that saw Marquise Goodwin go down with a devastating injury that will keep him out for the rest of the year. bigtubb_ will now look to get back to winning ways as he looks to play catch up to the Dophins. Continuing with the defensive theme, while the Bills defense isn't as stout against the run as the Dolphins, they force opposing QBs into making mistakes as their 9 INTs on the year place them in a tie for 3rd in HK. Their 12 sacks as a defensive unit also places them in a tie for 4th in the league so when opposing QBs drop back to pass, the opportunistic Bills defense starts licking their chops hoping to come up with a big time play. IF there is an area of concern with this team it probably is on the offensive side of the ball, as only the Steelers have gained less total offensive yards amongst teams that have played 4 games so far. This stat hasn't deterred the team so far though, as their 24.5 points a game rank 6th in the league, however it will be interesting to see how they would cope against a team that forces them to go on long offensive drives without allowing their opportunistic defense to get involved. A team like Miami, who doesn't turn the ball over, was able to come out with a win this week against this team, so the return game in Buffalo will be one that this panel will keep a very close eye on. New England Patriots (2-2): At 2-2, the Patriots have had a decent start to the year, but in what looks like the toughest division in the league with no teams having a losing record, controllerabuser will need to come up with a couple wins in a row to keep pace in this division. With Ryan Mallett at QB, the Patriots boast the 3rd rated pass offense at 277.3 yards a game, however Mallet's 8 interceptions so far (2 a game) have to be cut down if the team is to make a serious push for the division. It will also be interesting to see if the team believes that Steven Ridley is the answer at RB, as he has yet to wow the fans and at 54 yards a game, the Patriots' running attack ranks 29th in the league. The defense has been good so far, as they are 10th in points allowed at 15.7 (this was before they allowed 48 to the Rams), but I am sure that the coaches would like to add to the 1 turnover the unit has caused so far in the first 4 games. If the Patriots are able to get that bottom ranked turnover differential (-10) going in the right direction then they might have a chance to rattle off some wins and make a push for a playoff spot come the end of the season. New York Jets (2-2): The Jets are a weird team to figure out. How does a team that only gives up 15.25 points per game not have a winning record? Well, when 60 of their 67 allowed points come against the Bills (both losses) you can see that the Jets need to focus on trying to win in this tough division. In their two wins (against the 49ers and Steelers) the defense played lights out, limiting the 9er offense to 7 points while intercepting Kaepernick 4 times in a 27-7 win. In the Steelers game the defense were even better, shutting out the Steelers in a 31-0 romp while intercepting Landry Jones twice. In the two games against the Bills, the Jets defense were only able to record 1 interception; so look for the team to try and find out ways to try and get the opposing QBs to make mistakes in their upcoming games. Next week the Jets face off against the Dolphins, the one team that has yet to throw a pick, so it will be interesting to see how the team tries to play on defense. Offensively, the team is balanced, as their 513 yards on the ground is the exact same number of yards that the division-leading Dolphins have, while their 669 yards passing puts them around middle of the pack in the league. The one area in which the team should look to improve on is getting pressure on opposing QBs. At 5 sacks through 4 games the Jets are tied for last, and in this league once a QB gets comfortable it is usually a bad thing for the defense. Look for bandit3324 to channel his inner Rex Ryan and come up with some different blitz schemes to try and get to the QB.