AFC East Power Rankings - Week 2

Another good week of football is in the books, so it's time to take a look at how the rest of the AFC East did in Week 2. There'll be no real changing of the guard in terms of the top spot, but there's going to be a little shuffling around with everyone else.

Let's hit it.

1. Patriots - I have to be honest, I pegged the Buffalo game as a loss for the Pats. I know I'm not alone, and I'm happily eating my words. I thought Sexy Rexy would make life tough for Tom Brady, but it was the exact opposite. Brady was once again surgical against a Bills defense that many (myself included) were high on. Despite the 40-32 final score, the game wasn't all that close. The Pats' defense compiled eight sacks and three interceptions, one of them a stunning show of athleticism by Malcolm Butler. All in all, the Patriots made a loud statement that the AFC East is still theirs, and they're not going anywhere any time soon. They should have it easy this week against Jacksonville.

2. Jets - Last week, I said I thought the Jets would fall lower in my rankings, but I was wrong, at least for the time being. Gang Green's defense shined against what's supposed to be a dynamic Colts offense last night. They forced five turnovers and held Indy to seven points. I'm still not sold on the Jets as a whole, but the jury is out on the defense. It's better than the Bills', and right now it's better than Seattle's. It might just be the best in the league at this moment. In terms of the offense, Brandon Marshall is obviously legit, but there's a reason Ryan Fitzpatrick is a journeyman quarterback. They'll go up against an Eagles team this Sunday that is a complete dumpster fire.

3. Bills - The Bills did all that talking last week and then got punched in the mouth by Brady and Co. Buffalo gave up 507 total yards, including 466 to Brady. The Bills' offense only managed 127 yards on its first 10 possessions and gave up eight sacks to the Pats' defense, and Tyrod Taylor threw three interceptions. Those emotional, regular season Super Bowl-type games can go a couple of different ways, and the Bills played with way too much emotion. They committed 18 penalties, which defensive tackle Kyle Williams called "embarrassing." Buffalo will face divisional rival Miami on Sunday in a clash of defenses that maybe shouldn't be as hyped up as they've been.

4. Dolphins - Through two games, the Dolphins are one of the biggest disappointments in the league. Their defense looks pedestrian, and that was supposed to be one of the strengths of the team. There are reports of Ndamukong Suh "freelancing" on defense (head coach Joe Philbin has denied such accusations), and they're locked into his contract for another five years. The offense has also severely under-performed. They posted 17 points against the Redskins and 20 against the Jaguars, two teams they should have beaten. They don't scare anyone right now, and they've got a tough draw this week with the Bills. If they lose this week, they could be in a world of trouble.

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