The New England Patriots are finally getting elite recognition in ESPN.com's Power Rankings. After weeks inside the top 10, it took a dominant performance on Thanksgiving for New England to get back into the top 5.
The Patriots (8-3) have won five straight and are establishing themselves as a legitimate Super Bowl contender. Here are the complete Power Rankings for the entire AFC East division:
No. 5: Patriots (up three)
No. 18: Miami Dolphins (up two)
No. 23: New York Jets (down one)
No. 24: Buffalo Bills (same)
Miami (5-6) moved up a couple spots after picking up a quality win against the Seattle Seahawks. The Jets (4-7) were moving up last week after a win over the St. Louis Rams, but New York dropped one spot this week after being crushed by the Patriots. The Bills (4-7) remained at No. 24 after losing to the Indianapolis Colts, 20-13.