AFC East Power Rankings - Week 5

This one will be pretty quick due to the Jets and Dolphins both having last week off.

Let's hit it!

1. Patriots - A dominating performance against an undermanned Dallas Cowboys squad was expected. However, Tom Brady getting sacked five times in the first half wasn't. Hopefully that was just an anomaly, as the offensive line had been very good up until that point and seemed to right the ship in the second half. Dion Lewis lived up to that new two-year extension he signed, getting into the end zone once while shaking five or six defenders on his way there. We still haven't heard anything on the severity of Dont'a Hightower's injury, but that would be a big blow to this improving defense if he were to miss time. That being said, it's Colts Week, so this promises to be tons of fun.

2. Jets - The Jets had last week off because of their game against the Dolphins in London, and they've got a mixed bag in terms of their upcoming set of games. They'll play the Redskins at home on Sunday and then they'll to go to New England. Their next quality opponent after the Patriots won't come until 11/12, when they face the Buffalo Bills. They're 3-1 right now, but they haven't beaten anyone worth talking about. The Patriots will be their first true test of the season in Week 7.

3. Bills - They barely beat a lowly Titans team and had to rally from 10 points down to do it. They went ahead for good towards the tail end of the fourth quarter, and it took a duck of a throw from Marcus Mariota to secure the victory. The good thing for Buffalo is they only took seven penalties, as opposed to the 1,000 they get a game. LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams are sidelined with injuries, so a drop off in production on the ground was expected. However, had it not been for Tyrod Taylor's 76 rushing yards, they would have been severely beaten in the run game by Mariota, Dexter McCluster and Bishop Sankey. When your quarterback is your leading rusher and you can't get your backs to establish much of anything, that's never a good sign.

4. Dolphins - They fired head coach Joe Philbin not long after they lost in London to the Jets, so there's that. There are rumors that they're going to go after Sean Payton in the off-season should the Saints fire him. But we all know by now the product on the field is awful and we don't know how much better they'll be under interim head coach Dan Campbell. The talent on their team would suggest that they should win their next two games against Tennessee and Houston before a brutal stretch against New England, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Dallas and the Jets. But those first two games are far from a given, seeing as how poorly they've played to this point.

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