AFC East gets some power rankings love

It's never too soon for power rankings.

ESPN's blue-ribbon panel has compiled a list for your consumption as training camps open.

The AFC East generated much respect. Three teams are rated among the top 13.

If the rankings match up with the final standings, then the panel has the New York Jets winning the division, the New England Patriots advancing to the playoffs as a wild card and the Miami Dolphins the first to miss the cut. The Buffalo Bills are rated the AFC's worst team.

A change in the panel since the last power rankings were presented April 30 could help explain discrepancies. The Dolphins climbed nine spots.

This year's crew will be senior NFL writer John Clayton, AFC South blogger Paul Kuharsky, AFC North blogger James Walker and NFC West blogger Mike Sando.

No. 7 New York Jets

No. 9 New England Patriots

  • Final 2009 ranking (regular season): No. 10

  • April 2010 ranking: No. 9

No. 13 Miami Dolphins

  • Final 2009 ranking (regular season): No. 21

  • April 2010 ranking: No. 22

No. 31 Buffalo Bills

  • Final 2009 ranking (regular season): No. 24

  • April 2010 ranking: No. 28