AFC East: 2013 NFL Week 8 Power Rankings

Power Rankings: No. 16 Miami Dolphins

October, 22, 2013
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A weekly examination of the Dolphins' ESPN.com Power Ranking:


Preseason: 20 | Last Week: 14 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Miami Dolphins continue their free fall in ESPN.com’s Power Rankings. Miami lost its third consecutive game Sunday to the Buffalo Bills to fall to 3-3 on the season. The result was the Dolphins falling two more spots to No. 16.

After a fast 3-0 start, not much has gone right in Miami. The Dolphins are having issues with pass protection and sloppy play, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill has seven turnovers (five interceptions, two lost fumbles) in the past three games. The Dolphins are back to the middle of the pack and deserve their ranking.

Things won’t get easier for Miami. The Dolphins will travel to Foxborough to play the AFC East-leading New England Patriots (5-2). Miami was swept by New England in two games last season.

Power Rankings: No. 15 New York Jets

October, 22, 2013
10/22/13
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A weekly examination of the Jets' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 32 | Last Week: 20 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

Welcome to respectability.

The Jets jumped five spots with their dramatic and bizarre win over the New England Patriots, moving into -- are you ready for this? -- the top half of the rankings for the first time this season. A No. 15 ranking means they're considered on the periphery of playoff contention, something not many folks envisioned at the start of the season.

The next two weeks will tell us a lot about the Jets, as they face the Cincinnati Bengals (No. 7) and New Orleans Saints (No. 5). Starting to get interesting, isn't it?

Power Rankings: No. 21 Buffalo Bills

October, 22, 2013
10/22/13
2:00
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A weekly examination of the Bills' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 30 | Last Week: 25 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

And back up they go.

After taking down a division opponent on the road, the Buffalo Bills have reached new heights in the ESPN.com Power Rankings, landing at No. 21 this week. The Dolphins, who entered the game at No. 14, slipped to No. 16.

One voter -- ESPN national NFL writer Kevin Seifert -- slotted the Bills at No. 17 this week. That's just a few spots out of the theoretical playoff threshold, a sign that the 3-4 Bills very much remain on the radar outside of Buffalo.

Their next challenge, though, will probably be their toughest of the season. They travel to New Orleans to try to take down the No. 5 Saints.

Can they pull it off?

Power Rankings: No. 8 New England

October, 22, 2013
10/22/13
2:00
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A weekly examination of the Patriots' ESPN.com Power Ranking:

Preseason: 6 | Last Week: 5 | ESPN.com Power Ranking since 2002

The Patriots suffer their biggest drop of the season, from No. 5 to No. 8. It is their lowest ranking of the season.

Hard to argue with the voting. In fact, some could strongly make the case that it is generous after Sunday's 30-27 overtime loss to the Jets.

But in looking closer at the voters' tabulations, there were two seventh-place votes, two eighth-place votes and two ninth-place votes for the Patriots.

At this point, it seems clear that the Patriots can expect a tough game from any team among the top half of the rankings. After all, they were just beaten by the No. 15 Jets.

Next up: the No. 16 Dolphins.

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