- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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It was another awful season overall for the AFC East. For the second year in a row, the New England Patriots (12-4) were the only division team to finish with a winning record.
That reflected in ESPN.com's final Power Rankings. Here is how things turned out for the AFC East:
No. 4: Patriots (12-4)
No. 20: Miami Dolphins (7-9)
No. 23: Buffalo Bills (6-10)
No. 25: New York Jets (6-10)
There continues to be a large gap between the Patriots and everyone else. New England added further confirmation of that with a 28-0 victory over Miami to end the regular season. The Dolphins are probably the closest team to catching the Patriots -- and yet Miami still has a long way to go.
The Bills and Jets were two major disappointments. Changes have already started, with Buffalo firing head coach Chan Gailey and New York firing general manager Mike Tannenbaum. Both teams have a lot of work to do in the offseason.