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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Power Rankings: AFC East slumping

By James Walker

It was not a banner weekend for the AFC East. The division was winless in two games in Week 9.

But the biggest issue I have with ESPN.com’s latest Power Rankings is about the team that didn’t play: the New England Patriots (5-3).

The Patriots were on a bye week and dropped one spot to No. 9 in the Power Rankings. New England is playing its best football of the season but is still ranked behind teams like the Denver Broncos (5-3), who lost to the Patriots earlier this season.

I also didn’t agree with the Pittsburgh Steelers (5-3) not moving at all after beating the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in their house. Pittsburgh is No. 10.

But enough complaining. Here is how the AFC East fared:
The Dolphins (4-4) dropped three spots after losing to the Indianapolis Colts (5-3). Miami had a chance to improve its playoff standing but dropped back to the middle of the pack.

Buffalo (3-5) stayed the same at No. 28 after losing to the Houston Texans. The Bills have a big game at New England this weekend. The Jets (3-5) also stayed the same at No. 25 and are in a must-win game against the Seattle Seahawks (5-4).