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Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Power Rankings: AFC East looks loaded

By Tim Graham

Get a load of this.

ESPN.com's regular-season Power Rankings came out Tuesday. Three AFC East teams bunched together at Nos. 9, 10 and 11. What's more, they were rated among the top six teams in the conference, suggesting the AFC East deserves three playoff teams.

The New York Jets and New England Patriots slipped from the previous poll in July, while the Miami Dolphins climbed two spots.

They're all rated lower than the best team from the other three divisions, but the second-best team from those divisions are rated lower.

If that hierarchy holds, then the AFC East would earn both wild-card berths. That's doubtful, but an accomplishment I've considered legitimately possible since last year's playoffs.

Let's a take look at the division through the eyes of our four Power Rankings voters: senior writer John Clayton, NFC West blogger Mike Sando, AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky and AFC North blogger James Walker.

9. New York Jets
10. New England Patriots
11. Miami Dolphins
31. Buffalo Bills