NFL Power Rankings: Week 3 Movement in the AFC East
Week 2 in the AFC East was a complete reversal of Week 1. Going into Week 3, the entire division rests at 1-1, with the New York Jets on top due to division record.
Naturally, there was significant movement in the ESPN power rankings.
New England Patriots (1-1)
Voted: No. 5
Should Be: No. 4
As I mentioned in last week's rundown, the New England Patriots have one of the easiest schedules in the NFL, especially early on. As a result, they would have had to stay undefeated for a while to stay atop the power rankings.
Losing to the Arizona Cardinals (now 2-0) was a surprise and will keep the Patriots down in the power rankings for some time. The shock of it caused voters to demote them all the way to the No. 5 spot.
Realistically, they should be No. 4. While the Atlanta Falcons have played well for two weeks, they have not yet proven to be better than the Patriots.
Moreover, the Falcons were beaten by the Denver Broncos in Week 2 for three quarters after a train wreck of a first quarter that was caused more by Denver's mistakes than Atlanta's prowess.
New York Jets (1-1)
Voted: No. 18
Should Be: No. 15
After an expected loss in Pittsburgh—where they are 1-9 all-time—the New York Jets fell one spot in the rankings. Relatively speaking, staying the same or dropping one spot was reasonable.
However, the Jets remain underranked by about three spots, similar to last week.
The NFC West is getting a little bit too much love, which probably will not last. In addition to the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals, the San Diego Chargers also do not yet deserve to be ranked quite so highly.
Buffalo Bills (1-1)
Voted: No. 22
Should Be: 22
Bouncing back by dominating the Kansas City Chiefs was a good start. The Bills similarly trounced Kansas City last year. The Chiefs match up very poorly against them.
Who looks like the best in the East after Week 2?
The Bills deserved the slight bump they got as a result.
Miami Dolphins (1-1)
Voted: No. 25
Should Be: No. 26
Nothing helps quash talk of being the worst team in the NFL like beating up on the team that really is the worst. The Dolphins tore apart the Oakland Raiders in a 35-13 shellacking.
The Dolphins got a well-deserved boost in the rankings after the win. The only team they shot past pre-emptively was the Indianapolis Colts.
Rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill put up essentially the same stats in Week 1 and Week 2. The glaring difference was turnovers. The Houston Texans were much more opportunistic than the Oakland Raiders.
The Dolphins and the Jets face off in Week 3 in an AFC East battle. It will be interesting to see if the Jets defense can affect Tannehill in the same ways the Texans did.
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