Power Rankings: Dolphins' huge jump

October, 9, 2012
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The Miami Dolphins have been on the cusp of winning for three weeks. But on Sunday they finally earned a big road win over the Cincinnati Bengals. It ended Miami's two-game losing streak, which included back-to-back overtime losses.

A win finally gave the Dolphins some respect in ESPN.com's Power Rankings. Miami had the second-biggest jump this week by moving up seven places to No. 19. This is Miami’s highest ranking this season.

Here is how the rest of the AFC East fared:
The Bills had the biggest drop this week. Buffalo fell six spots after an ugly, 45-3, blowout loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The panel doesn't have a lot of confidence that the Bills will bounce back from this.

The Jets dropped just two spots after losing to the undefeated Houston Texans. The Patriots moved up one spot and into the top five after beating the Denver Broncos.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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