It's safe to say that one of the best divisions in football this year was a roller coaster ride with some of the highest hills and the farthest falls. New England was one diving catch away by Rob Gronkowski away from carrying his team to a Super Bowl ring. Buffalo had its best start in over a decade when they started 5-2, including an emotional win over the New England Patriots. Just 7 weeks later they are on a seven game losing streak. As for Miami, and the New York Jets, well, they were just a mess. Miami looked strong near the end of the year, but it wasn't enough to save Tony Sparano's job. In New York, another season ends without Rex Ryan's preseason predictions coming true. Let's take a look at some of the players that were vital in their teams success for good and for bad.
New England Patriots
Rob Gronkowski- Tight End... Before the season I bet that most of anyone outside New England didn't really know who Rob Gronkowski was. By the end of the year he was breaking records left and right, one of which was securing the most touchdowns scored by a tight end in a single season in NFL history.
Stats- 90 Rec, 1327 yds, 17 TDs
New York Jets
Shonn Greene- Running Back... I know you guys already know who Shonn Greene is and what he is capable of, but I was a little surprised to see that he went over a 1,000 yards when he had an aging L.T hanging over his back. I also picked Greene for no other reason than that nobody else was even close to having a breakout year. That should comfort the Jets fans.
Matt Moore- quarterback... Is it possible that Matt Moore could have been just good enough for the team to not draft Robert Griffin III or try and take a run at Peyton Manning? Moore completed over 60% of his passing with seven more touchdowns than interceptions. I still think that the Dolphins will try and get a quarterback this offseason, but don't be surprised if you hear again from Matt Moore down the line.
Fred Jackson- Running Back... It's not very often that a running back that is over 30 years old has a breakout season. Jackson caught the league by surprise early on with his surprising breakaway speed and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. His season was cut short due to a leg injury, but he still nearly managed to rush for 1,000 yards by averaging 5.5 yards per carry in the first part of the season.