Week 4 power rankings: AFC East


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

ESPN.com's Week 4 power rankings have been posted.

Here is how the AFC East falls in the latest rankings, drawn up by ESPN senior writers John Clayton and Jeffri Chadiha, AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky and NFC West blogger Mike Sando.

No. 6 New York Jets

  • Last week's rating: No. 8

  • Best rating: No. 3 (Clayton)

  • Worst rating: No. 6 (Chadiha, Sando)

  • Note: The Jets continued their climb toward the top as their biggest question mark, rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, continues to provide answers. The Jets opened the season at No. 23. Now they're ranked third in the AFC behind the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts on all four voters' ballots.

No. 7 New England Patriots

  • Last week's rating: No. 10

  • Best rating: No. 9 (Clayton, Chadiha, Kuharsky)

  • Worst rating: No. 8 (Sando)

  • Note: The Patriots tumbled eight spots from No. 2 last week, but the voters bumped them back up a tad after Sunday's convincing victory over the Atlanta Falcons.

No. 21 Buffalo Bills

  • Last week's rating: No. 21

  • Best rating: No. 20 (Chadiha)

  • Worst rating: No. 23 (Clayton, Kuharsky, Sando)

  • Note: Win or lose, the votes aren't budging the Bills from the 21st slot. They were there after their season-opening loss to the Patriots, beating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 and losing badly to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

No. 24 Miami Dolphins

  • Last week's rating: No. 19

  • Best rating: No. 21 (Chadiha)

  • Worst rating: No. 26 (Clayton)

  • Note: The Dolphins looked better than their 0-3 record suggests, but then we received news quarterback Chad Pennington likely is done for the year with another right shoulder injury. Chad Henne is an X-factor. He was viewed as Pennington's eventual successor anyway. We'll see if he's ready.