In beating the New York Jets on Sunday, the New England Patriots reestablished themselves as the AFC East favorites and surged up the SB Nation Week 11 NFL Power Rankings.
After the Patriots' thorough dismantling in New York, the Patriots moved from No. 10 to No. 7 in the latest rankings. "It's looking like a familiar refrain in [the AFC East]," writes Joel Thorman.
The Patriots (6-3) have only one game remaining against an opponent with a winning record. Considering that the Patriots will have six straight games against sub-.500 teams before ending the season against Buffalo, New England could potentially clinch the AFC East before meeting the Bills in Week 17.
With Buffalo struggling and the Jets basically two games behind the Patriots (due to the Patriots' season sweep), even the Jets believe the AFC East is New England's to lose.
"We win this game, we got kind of a stranglehold on the division -- and you let it slide," Jets safety Jim Leonhard said. "So obviously there's a lot of frustration.
"It was a big goal of ours to go ahead and win this division, and we put ourselves in a hole again. Not saying it can't happen, but it's unlikely to happen at this point."