AFC Power Rankings Week 7: New England Patriots hop up to No. 1

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Martellus Bennett Patriots
Martellus Bennett (88) and the Patriots lead the AFC at 5-1. Credit: Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports /

Welcome to your weekly dose of AFC power rankings, where we focus on putting only the AFC picture in perspective.

53. It’s official: the Browns are off to their worst start since the 1999 season when they went 0-7 in their first season back in the league. It was too little, too late for the Browns in Week 6 despite strong play from Terrelle Pryor and Cody Kessler. The main hindrance was the utter and complete lack of any semblance of a ground game; Cleveland running backs totalled just 34 yards against the Titans. Now, the Browns must hit the road and play a very angry Bengals team in Week 7.. (0-6). Previous: . Cleveland Browns. 16. team

(1-4). Previous: . New York Jets. 15. team. 30. The pressure is on the Jets tonight, that’s for sure. Every other team in the AFC East emerged victorious from yesterday’s action, meaning that if the 1-4 Jets lose tonight, their playoff chances diminish to an eyelash. This writer has the Arizona Cardinals defense occupying a hail mary role on his fantasy team, so hopefully Ryan Fitzpatrick dishes out a few pick sixes to that ball hawking secondary. Check back tomorrow morning here on Musket Fire for an updated AFC power rankings after the result of this game.

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