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New England Patriots (4-1)
Last week: No. 3
Result: W, 30-21 against the Jets
Analysis: The Patriots continue to roll with their division win over the Jets. New England's running game continues to evolve and the defense is making some improvement. That is bad news for opponents. The Saints (4-1) barely escaped with a win against the Carolina Panthers (1-4). Therefore, I’m voting for New England to move up to the No. 2 spot.
Projected ranking: No. 2-4
Buffalo Bills (4-1)
Last week: No. 9
Result: W, 31-24 against Philadelphia
Analysis: The Bills got back to playing solid football in Week 5. They all but buried the "Dream Team" Eagles, who are now 1-4. Expect Buffalo to move up a few spots thanks to another quality win. The Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans, ranked ahead of the Bills entering Week 5, also suffered losses.
Projected ranking: No. 5-7
New York Jets (2-3)
Last week: No. 14
Result: L, 30-21 against New England
Analysis: The Jets played better against New England, but they still lost for the third consecutive week. I still think the Jets are dangerous, because of their talent. But they haven't put it together consistently and certainly aren't good enough to beat the elite teams. Until proven otherwise, New York deserves to be in the middle of the pack.
Projected ranking: No. 14-16
Miami Dolphins (0-4)
Last week: No. 31
Analysis: The Dolphins didn't play, so don't expect much movement. They are one of three winless teams remaining in the NFL. Miami's starting quarterback, Chad Henne, is out, and the team is down to backup Matt Moore the rest of the season. The Dolphins will have had two weeks to prepare when they travel to play the struggling Jets next week on "Monday Night Football." The Dolphins usually play New York tough, so it could be an interesting matchup.
Projected ranking: No. 30-32
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