AFC East: 2013 NFL Week 10 Power Rankings

Power Rankings: No. 23 Buffalo Bills

November, 5, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Bills' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 30 | Last Week: 20 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Buffalo Bills outgained the Kansas City Chiefs by more than a 2-to-1 ratio on Sunday, coming one game-changing interception away from toppling the No. 1 team, which remains undefeated.

However, those expecting the loss to give the Bills a boost in the rankings will be disappointed. One week after reaching their season-high at No. 20, the Bills slid three spots to No. 23.

And quite frankly, that's the right territory for a 3-6 team.

With EJ Manuel possibly returning Sunday, and the rest of the roster as healthy as it's been all season, this is the time for the Bills to make a run. Besides their date with the New York Jets in two weeks, four of the Bills' next five opponents are ranked lower than Buffalo.

If the Bills can't emerge from games against the No. 27 Steelers, No. 26 Falcons, No. 31 Buccaneers and No. 32 Jaguars with three or four wins, then they deserve whatever ranking they receive.

Power Rankings: No. 14 New York Jets

November, 5, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Jets' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 32 | Last Week: 16 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

Hey, Calvin Pace, how do you like your ranking now?

The veteran linebacker hasn't stopped chirping about the infamous Week 1 poll (you know, the one in which the Jets were ranked No. 32), but he can't complain about the current ranking. With their upset of the New Orleans Saints, the Jets moved up two spots to No. 14, their season high.

The Jets are sixth in the AFC, which makes sense. If the playoffs started now, the Jets would be the No. 6 seed. The most interesting wrinkle in the new rankings is that, of their seven remaining opponents, only one is ranked ahead of them -- the Carolina Panthers at No. 12. If the Jets don't make the playoffs, they can't blame a tough schedule.

Power Rankings: No. 19 Miami Dolphins

November, 5, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Dolphins' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 20 | Last Week: 19 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Miami Dolphins perhaps earned their most important win to date with a 22-20 overtime victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The game snapped a four-game losing streak for Miami (4-4) and put the team back at .500 at the midpoint of its season.

But surprisingly, the impressive win didn’t do anything for the Dolphins in ESPN.com’s Power Rankings. Miami remained in the same spot this week at No. 19. The Dolphins dropped four straight weeks in the rankings until Tuesday. Beating the Bengals was a quality win for the Dolphins and may provide some momentum on the field.

However, the Dolphins are making more headlines off the field this week with the controversial situation involving guard Richie Incognito. He’s alleged to have harassed and threatened teammate Jonathan Martin, forcing Miami to suspend Incognito indefinitely.

The Dolphins are trying to keep focused as they prepare for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-8) on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.”

Power Rankings: No. 7 New England

November, 5, 2013
11/05/13
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A weekly examination of the Patriots' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 6 | Last Week: 9 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Patriots improve two spots from last week, leapfrogging the Packers and Bengals.

That seems fair after the Patriots posted a 55-31 win over the Steelers, and both the Packers (against the Bears) and Bengals (against the Dolphins) lost in Week 9.

One could quibble that perhaps the Patriots should be ahead of the Saints (No. 6) since they beat them head-to-head on Oct. 13 and New Orleans is coming off a loss to the Jets, but ...

The more important focus, naturally, is on what's ahead.

The Patriots enter their bye week, and when they return they'll face a two-games-in-six-days stretch -- at Carolina on ESPN's "Monday Night Football" Nov. 18 and then at home against Denver on Nov. 24.

Carolina is No. 12 in the Power Rankings, while Denver is No. 3.

Bill Belichick has given players six straight days off (Wednesday to Monday) over the bye in advance of the crucial stretch.

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