AFC East: 2013 NFL Week 11 Power Rankings

Power Rankings: No. 22 Miami Dolphins

November, 12, 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 (4-5) have fallen on hard times. They lost their fifth game in six tries Monday night, a 22-19 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Miami’s ranking took a tumble after losing to a previously winless team. The Dolphins dropped three spots to No. 22. It’s the lowest ranking all season for Miami.

The Dolphins are in the midst of inner turmoil as the NFL investigates the team, Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin for allegations of bullying and harassment. Miami has a pair of tough home games coming up against the San Diego Chargers (4-5) and Carolina Panthers (6-3).

Power Rankings: No. 12 New York Jets

November, 12, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Jets' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 32 | Last Week: 14 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

Rex Ryan said his goal was to lose the bye week -- a joking reference to the Jets' win-one, lose-one trend. That way, he figured, they'd be due for a victory Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.

Well, the Jets didn't lose the bye week.

They moved up to No. 12 in the ESPN.com power poll, climbing two spots -- the same bump they received the previous week after upsetting the New Orleans Saints. Go figure.

In the most important place -- the AFC standings -- the Jets caught a few breaks on their idle weekend. Three teams in contention for the second wild-card spot -- the Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans and San Diego Chargers -- all lost, dropping to 4-5.

The Jets are 5-4, currently holding the second wild-card berth. But there's a lot of football to be played.

Power Rankings: No. 26 Buffalo Bills

November, 12, 2013
11/12/13
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A weekly examination of the Bills' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 30 | Last Week: 23 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

Just when things were starting to look up, the wind has come out of the Buffalo Bills' sails.

Two weeks after reaching a season high at No. 20 on the ESPN Power Rankings, the Bills have slid six spots to No. 26. It's the lowest they've been ranked since Week 3, when they were 1-1.

It's been just nine days since the Bills held a 10-3 halftime lead over the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. Since then, they've scored just 13 points in six quarters.

While the playoffs were probably never a realistic goal this season, the question for the Bills has gone from "How high can they rise?" to "How low can they fall?"

With the No. 12 New York Jets coming to Buffalo for the Bills' second-to-last home game of the season, it's a fair question to ask. If the Bills can't take down the No. 29 Falcons, No. 31 Buccaneers, or No. 32 Jaguars -- their three games after their bye week -- then they could fall into the NFL's basement once again.

Power Rankings: No. 5 New England

November, 12, 2013
11/12/13
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A weekly examination of the Patriots' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 6 | Last Week: 7 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Patriots improve two spots from last week, leapfrogging the 49ers and Colts. That's always nice for a team -- when on the bye, you improve your standing because others ahead of you lost.

My initial reaction when looking at this week's Power Rankings was how ESPN's "Monday Night Football" matchup -- 7-2 Patriots at 6-3 Panthers -- pits the No. 5- and No. 6-ranked teams. If you love the big stage, and appreciate competition between two of the best, this is a week to appreciate.

Cam Newton versus Tom Brady.

The upstart Panthers versus the old-guard Patriots.

Steve Smith versus Aqib Talib (if healthy).

The stingy, No. 2-ranked Panthers defense against an attack that put up 55 points in its last game.

Then there's this: After Monday night, the Patriots turn around and host the No. 2 Broncos in a prime-time Sunday night game in Week 12.

It's November, it's snowing in New England, and the prime-time stage awaits.

This never gets old.

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