Week 9 power rankings: AFC East (sorry, Dolfans)

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

Dolfans are going to see ESPN.com's Week 9 NFL power rankings and get a little ill.

What will stand out to them first is the Miami Dolphins had the teams ranked Nos. 1 and 2 beaten, but -- to quote Dennis Green -- let 'em off the hook.

The Dolphins led the top-rated New Orleans Saints by 21 points in the first half but lost. They limited the No. 2 Indianapolis Colts to 35 plays on less than 15 minutes time of possession and lost.

But what might get Dolfans particularly riled up is where their team is slotted.

The Dolphins are 3-4, not a stellar record by any means. A No. 20 ranking doesn't sound ridiculous based on that, but how in the world did they actually drop a spot from last week after beating the New York Jets at the Meadowlands?

The Dolphins have beaten the Jets twice, but the Jets are ranked No. 18 in the poll.

But don't blame me.

The power rankings panel consists of ESPN senior writers John Clayton and Jeffri Chadiha, AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky and NFC West blogger Mike Sando.

No. 5 New England Patriots

  • Last week's rating: No. 5

  • Best rating: No. 4 (Kuharsky)

  • Worst rating: No. 6 (Sando)

  • Note: The Patriots were unchanged after their bye week. All but one of the teams that were ahead of them in the Week 8 poll won their games. The only losers were the Denver Broncos, who beat the Patriots.

No. 18 New York Jets

  • Last week's rating: No. 15

  • Best rating: No. 16 (Clayton)

  • Worst rating: No. 21 (Sando)

  • Note: Only the New York Giants dropped farther than the Jets this week. The Jets slipped three spots despite holding the Dolphins to 104 yards from scrimmage and one offensive touchdown. Those three third-period returns for touchdowns hurt. The five-spot discrepancy between Sando and Clayton tied for the fourth-largest of the week.

No. 20 Miami Dolphins

  • Last week's rating: No. 19

  • Best rating: No. 17 (Kuharsky)

  • Worst rating: No. 20 (Chadiha, Sando)

  • Note: Apparently, the power-rankings panel committee wasn't impressed by the Dolphins' miserable offense and pedestrian defense Sunday. Their thrilling road victory toppled the Jets three spots and somehow dropped the Dolphins, too.

No. 22 Buffalo Bills

  • Last week's rating: No. 22

  • Best rating: No. 22 (Clayton, Kuharsky, Sando)

  • Worst rating: No. 23 (Chadiha)

  • Note: The panel really loves the Bills in this neighborhood. The Bills lost to the Houston Texans but didn't drop in the poll. The Bills were No. 21 throughout the summer and the preseason and didn’t change until Week 5. They've never been lower than No. 25.