It took the Red Sox an entire season to go from worst to first back in 2013.
The New England Patriots did it in just three weeks.
Things are normal in the AFC East again.
Thanks to the Jets, Bills and Dolphins all defaulting to their normal state of being, the five-time defending AFC East champion Patriots are, at least for the moment, atop their tepid division at 2-1. The Dolphins and Bills are 2-2. Those teams split on Sunday. The Dolphins had to go all the way to London to beat the Raiders, while J.J. Watt and the Texans took care of Buffalo.
Watt now has one more TD this season than Danny Amendola.
The Jets have begun to metastasize in last place at 1-3. After their Week 1 loss in Miami, the Patriots found themselves at the bottom of the division they've pretty much owned since 2003.
Their current solo stay in first-place, however, would end with a loss to the Chiefs Monday night.
Sunday, the Jets and QB-for-the-moment Geno Smith fell apart nicely at home against the Detroit Lions en route to a 24-17 loss. While most of New England and the New York metro area was enthralled with, fixated upon or - at the very least - keeping tabs on Derek Jeter's final game, the Jets were Gotham's lone NFL attraction Sunday.
They had the stage all to themselves and fell flatter than Roger Goodell at his last press conference.
Smith turned in a trademark Jet-like performance, going 17-of-33 for 209 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He's gone 15 games without having a QB rating above 100.
It was that kind of day for the Jets' latest QB of the future.
But wait, there's more.
Smith was not well-received by the partisans at Met Life Stadium.
He was lustily booed throughout the game. Things got so bad that the home crowd was chanting "we want Vick." That would be backup QB Michael Vick.
You thought it was a bit strange to hear Red Sox fans cheer Jeter all weekend? At least Jeter is a bonafide Hall of Famer who's won five world championships. Vick's best attribute is that he isn't the late Mark Sanchez, or Smith.
There are at least eight million stories and dog jokes waiting in Gotham once Vick throws his first pick-six.
New Yorkers chanting their desire for Vick has to rank among the top 10 in the "Things We Thought We'd Never See In East Rutherford, N.J., Department"
Such is life in Gang Greenland these days.
Smith was caught lobbing an "f-bomb" by the CBS-New York cameras toward one fan while leaving the field after the game.
"First of all, I want to apologize to any kids (that) saw me saying any negative remarks walking off the field. I kind of let my temper get the best of me in that situation. Itís a part of my learning process. Got to get better with that, got to let that stuff roll off my back, but today I didnít do well with that," Smith said after the game, according to the New York Daily News.
"No matter what happened Iíve got to not feed into it. Itís a part of the job. I understand the fans want to come out and see victories. And at times they get heated and we do too as players. What I did was wrong. Two wrongs donít make a right," Smith added.
For now, Smith has the support of coach Rex Ryan and his teammates:
Sheldon Richardson to Jets fans booing Geno Smith and chanting for Vick: "Just shut up." #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) September 28, 2014
But as we know, things can change quickly in New York.
Just ask Tim Tebow.
The Patriots wade into a maelstrom of red and decibels at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Monday night. New England's current paucity of offense, and more specifically, the lack of consistency in its offensive line is the overwhelming storyline facing the perennial AFC East leaders.
The NFL season is 25 percent complete for most teams, including the Patriots after Monday night. Some certainties have resurfaced, namely the mediocrity of the AFC East. The only thing left to be determined is whether or not the Patriots are going to fall back into the pack, or continue to lead it.
The OBF column is written by award-winning journalist and Bay State native Bill Speros. Bill has written and reported for ESPN, CBSSports.Com and was a sports/deputy sports editor at several metro daily newspapers. Reach Bill on the OFB Facebook page, on Twitter @realOBF or at his
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