NFL Power Rankings Week 11: Breaking down AFC East


Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) runs from New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson (96) in the 2nd half at MetLife Stadium.The Bills defeated the Jets 22-17 Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

When it comes to NFL Power Rankings in Week 11, the AFC East continues to be tight for every team under the New England Patriots in hopes of earning a Wild Card berth in the NFL Playoffs.

The NY Jets truly dropped the ball last week when they had plenty of opportunities to win an ever-important game against the Buffalo Bills. The Jets lost that game and are now in the thick of it all to still earn a Wild Card berth in the NFL postseason.

It won’t be easy but there is still plenty of football to be played for the Jets to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. It’s safe to say at this point, the Patriots will more than likely win the division. They’ve been playing some of the best football to ever hit the NFL and continue to win even in the craziest of situations.

Here’s a breakdown of the AFC East heading into Week 11 NFL action.

Next: 4. Dolphins continue to hang out at the bottom

Nov 15, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Brandon Graham (55) and outside linebacker Connor Barwin (98) sack Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Dolphins defeated the Eagles, 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

4. Dolphins continue to hang out at the bottom

The Miami Dolphins are currently 4-5 at the bottom of the AFC East and are facing the Dallas Cowboys this week. This game will feature the return of quarterback Tony Romo as it couldn’t have come at a better time. The Cowboys without Romo have been an absolute mess and there is no guarantee that his return will be a great one at that.

The Dolphins are coming off a big win over the Philadelphia Eagles and are trying to gain some momentum in the winning direction to salvage this season. They’ve been inconsistent but thanks to a new head coach in Dan Campbell, are showing some life finally.

I don’t see the Cowboys doing all too great even though Romo is returning for this match-up. They still have many glaring issues across the team as the Dolphins are in a good position to win this game and try to make a big comeback this season.

Next: 3. The Bills are looking to derail the Patriots

Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Buffalo Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor (5) hands the ball off to Buffalo Bills running back Karlos Williams (29) in the 2nd half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

3. The Bills are looking to derail the Patriots

The Bills came into MetLife Stadium last week and took care of business against the Jets. Just like a bad breakup, head coach Rex Ryan took a look at his old stomping grounds and wanted to prove the Jets made a bad decision letting him go.

With another road game against the undefeated Patriots, could the Bills actually pull the biggest upset of the season? They beat the Dolphins two weeks ago, just beat the Jets and one can only imagine how huge it would be for their NFL Playoff hopes to beat the Patriots to end their undefeated streak this week.

They’ll have to play one of their best and most complete games of the year if they are to stand a chance but if it’s anything Ryan knows how to do, it’s to hype up his team to believe they can do the impossible. The Bills could surprise many if they pull off the unexpected upset victory this week.

Next: 2. Gang Green still soaring

Nov 12, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) runs with the ball in the 1st quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: William Hauser-USA TODAY Sports

2. Gang Green still soaring

There really is no reason to panic, the Jets will be just fine heading into an important game this week against the Houston Texans. They lost a tough game against the Bills and if it wasn’t for losing the turnover battle, should have beaten them.

The Jets can still get the season back on track by sticking to what works; a potent running game by Chris Ivory, keeping things simple on offense and their defense playing more consistently by finishing tackles. Once they get the fundamentals down, everything will fall into place.

The Texans are coming off a huge win over the previously undefeated Cincinnati Bengals last week and are no doubt riding that momentum back home waiting for the Jets on Sunday. It should be a physical game that should see the Jets leave victorious and continue their hopes of making the NFL postseason.

Next: 1. The team nobody can seem to defeat

Nov 15, 2015; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) throws a pass during the second quarter against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

1. The team nobody can seem to defeat

Those Patriots sure are incredible, eh? The team nobody can seem to beat, the Patriots narrowly escaped falling to the NY Giants this past week but once again prove something about great teams. A team that is of the caliber of the Patriots will always find a way to win football games no matter what.

They’ll have their hands full against the upcoming Bills but make no mistake about it, they’ll be ready to bring it without question. Quarterback Tom Brady is a man on a mission this season and is playing near perfect football.

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The Patriots are easily the top team of the AFC East at this point as I seriously don’t see anyone even coming close to derailing their hopes of being division champs yet again. Even without wide receiver Julian Edelman for a bit due to his foot injury, they’ll continue to wreak havoc against opponents one week at a time.