Week 17 power rankings: AFC East

December, 29, 2009
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The New York Jets will crash the playoff party by beating the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.

Based on ESPN.com's latest power rankings, the Jets would make it as a wild card ahead of two better AFC clubs.

The Jets climbed five spots to No. 14 in the power rankings after walloping the No. 1 Indianapolis Colts on Sunday. The Jets are rated the AFC's eighth-best club behind the four division leaders and the No. 11 Baltimore Ravens, No. 12 Pittsburgh Steelers and No. 14 Denver Broncos.

Our 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. 10 New England Patriots
  • Last week's rating: No. 9
  • Best rating: No. 6 (Chadiha)
  • Worst rating: No. 10 (Clayton, Kuharsky, Sando)
  • Note: The Patriots razed the No. 22 Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday but still slipped a spot in the rankings. The Patriots are the lowest-ranked team among the AFC's division leaders.
No. 14 New York Jets
  • Last week's rating: No. 19
  • Best rating: No. 12 (Chadiha)
  • Worst rating: No. 15 (Kuharsky, Sando)
  • Note: The Jets and No. 15 Houston Texans improved the most this week, shooting upward five spots each.
No. 20 Miami Dolphins
  • Last week's rating: No. 16
  • Best rating: No. 19 (Clayton, Chadiha)
  • Worst rating: No. 21 (Sando)
  • Note: The Dolphins sank four spots to their worst rating since Week 9 after Sunday's humbling defeat to the Texans. The Dolphins have lost two in a row to teams below them in the rankings.
No. 25 Buffalo Bills
  • Last week's rating: No. 26
  • Best rating: No. 25 (Clayton, Sando)
  • Worst rating: No. 27 (Chadiha)
  • Note: It's a noggin scraper, but the Bills somehow improved with Sunday's abominable loss to the No. 16 Atlanta Falcons.

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