Not a misprint: Bills are in first place in the AFC East, ahead of the Patriots

For at least the next six days, long-suffering Bills fans are going to wake up, look at the NFL standings, perhaps rub their eyes, and revel in the fact that their beloved team is in first place in the AFC East.

Not the despised, defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. No, it’s the 3-1 Bills, the team currently riding the longest active playoff drought in any of the four major pro sports, who are leading the way. That’s right, the Bills, a team some thought was tanking this season, but who are now qualified as one of the NFL’s surprise stories one-quarter of the way through 2017

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