AFC East Power Rankings: Week 4
By Alex Cuffe
Sep 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Khiry Robinson (29) is tackled by Miami Dolphins free safety Reshad Jones (20)during the second half of their game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports
With another week in the books its time for the week 4 edition of the AFC East Power Rankings, Let’s do this:
1. New England Patriots (4-0) +1
The Patriots looked significantly improved as they won their fourth in a row on the road in Atlanta. Brady was in prime form and seems to be forging a solid connection with undrafted rookie Kenbrell Thompkins. New England has had to grind out some games but if they can win in Cincinnati, before getting Gronkowski and Amendola back the following week; the Pats will have essentially booked their ticket to the playoffs.
2. Miami Dolphins (3-1) -1
There are the Dolphins I know so well! Winning in the dome is a daunting task, but when you turn the ball over 4 times, it’s near impossible. Drew Brees was sacked twice but for the most part had all day in the pocket and the injuries to Cam Wake and Dmitri Patterson are definitely starting to show.
Tannehill had a tough night, but hopefully the experience will be a learning one for the second year QB. The real concern for Miami is the Offensive Line. The Dolphins have given up 18 sacks so far this season, which is simply not acceptable. Jeff Ireland and Joe Philbin are going to have to make some kind of change soon or Tannehill is going to be spending much of the season on his back.
3. Buffalo Bills (2-2) +1
The Bills secondary made the Raven’s front office look like absolute fools for handing Joe Flacco a $120 million contract (which they are). The Baltimore QB threw 5 interceptions and Fred Jackson looked like a man on a mission as the Bills beat the defending Super Bowl Champs. When was the last time anyone said that?! Anyhow, the Bills have one of the strongest run games in the league and should be able to hang with some solid teams all season
4. New York Jets (2-2) -1
Ouch, the Jets traveled down to Nashville and got walloped by a strong-looking Titans team. I still like the Jets defense, but Geno Smith and Bilal Powell? Not so much. Eventually this team will settle into the 6-10 or 5-11 grind that it has been destined for from the season’s outset.
Thats it for this week. Don’t forget to follow @thecuffester on twitter and feel free to shoot me any questions or comments about fantasy football or the Dolphins!