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Week 10 power rankings: AFC East

11/12/2009

You have to watch those rascally ESPN.com's NFL Power Rankings. You never know when they're going to surprise you.

Last week, the Miami Dolphins beat the New York Jets at the Meadowlands to complete a series sweep and slipped to No. 20, two spots behind the Jets.

On Sunday, the Dolphins lost to the New England Patriots in Gillette Satdium.

So what happens in ESPN.com's Week 10 Power Rankings?

Of course, the Dolphins climbed three spots, and the Patriots fell one to No. 6.

The power rankings panel consists of ESPN senior writers John Clayton and Jeffri Chadiha, AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky and NFC West blogger Mike Sando.

No. 6 New England Patriots

  • Last week's rating: No. 5

  • Best rating: No. 4 (Clayton, Kuharsky)

  • Worst rating: No. 8 (Sando)

  • Note: The Patriots came out of their bye week to notch a significant victory over the Dolphins and gain some separation in the AFC East standings. But the Patriots were overtaken in the poll by the Cincinnati Bengals (No. 6 to 4) and Pittsburgh Steelers (from No. 7 to 5)

No. 17 Miami Dolphins

  • Last week's rating: No. 20

  • Best rating: No. 17 (Kuharsky)

  • Worst rating: No. 20 (Chadiha)

  • Note: It's a shame the Dolphins can't generate any momentum because they have the players and the coaching to compete with any team in the NFL and have a legitimate chance of winning.

No. 18 New York Jets

  • Last week's rating: No. 15

  • Best rating: No. 19 (Sando, Clayton)

  • Worst rating: No. 18 (Kuharsky)

  • Note: There was a modicum of justice in this week's poll changes. The Dolphins are now ahead of the Jets. But that it happened on a week the Dolphins lost and the Jets were on a bye is strange.

No. 24 Buffalo Bills

  • Last week's rating: No. 22

  • Best rating: No. 22 (Kuharsky)

  • Worst rating: No. 24 (Chadiha)

  • Note: The Bills dropped two spots while on their bye week. The teams that pulled ahead of them were the Carolina Panthers (from No. 23 to 21) and Tennessee Titans (from No. 26 to 23).