Power Rankings: Patriots slide

November, 1, 2011
11/01/11
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ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings are out for Week 9, and it was not very kind to the New England Patriots.

New England was finally knocked out of the No. 2 spot, following a 25-17 loss to the reigning AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers. The Patriots dropped three spots to No. 5.

Here were the full results on the AFC East:

New England Patriots (5-2)

Power Ranking: No. 5 (down three spots)

Walker's ranking: No. 3 (down one spot)

Analysis: I’m surprised the Patriots fell this low after losing on the road to the Steelers. There is certainly no shame in that loss. But AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky rated New England as low as seventh, and three voters had New England at No. 5. I moved the Patriots down one spot to No. 3. I’m not sure the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers have proven themselves to be ahead of New England at this point.

Buffalo Bills (5-2)

Power Ranking: No. 7 (same)

Walker’s vote: No. 6 (up three spots)

Analysis: The Bills remained the same after posting their first shutout of the season against the Washington Redskins. Buffalo played one of its most complete games of the season. The Bills can be scary if their defense plays this well. The offense has been consistent, scoring 20 points or more in every game this season. Buffalo holds the tiebreaker over the Patriots and controls its own playoff destiny.

New York Jets (4-3)

Power Ranking: No. 13 (same)

Walker’s vote: No. 11 (up one spot)

Analysis: The Jets kept the same ranking following the bye week. They have won two in a row and playing some of their best football of the season. New York will have a huge month of November where it plays three division games against the Bills and Patriots. This is the time of year when teams make their move or fall off the playoff radar. We will know where the Jets stand after that stretch.

Miami Dolphins (0-7)

Power Ranking: No. 31 (same)

Walker’s vote: No. 31 (same)

Analysis: The winless Dolphins played competitive football the past two weeks, but it hasn’t help their Power Ranking. Miami remains ahead of only the Indianapolis Colts (0-8). The Dolphins will catch the Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) coming off a short week of preparation. Miami will try to pull another upset, but the team most likely won’t be favored in any remaining games this season.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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