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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Power Rankings: Patriots are No. 1

By James Walker

ESPN.com released its Week 2 Power Rankings. The AFC East finished 2-2 on the opening weekend.

Here are this week’s rankings in the division:
New England’s dominant performance against the Tennessee Titans and a loss by the Green Bay Packers earned the Patriots the No. 1 spot. New England probably won’t lose that top billing this week. The Patriots will be big favorites at home Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals (1-0).

The Jets didn’t get much respect for their dominant win over Buffalo. Yes, New York moved up four spots to No. 17, but the Jets are still rated in the bottom half of the NFL. The Bills, as a result, had one of the biggest drops. They moved down five spots to No. 24. The Bills have a lot of work to do to earn the respect of the Power Rankings panel.

Miami continues to toil among the worst teams in the NFL. The Dolphins dropped three places to No. 30.