Peter King ranks Dolphins ahead of Patriots in NFL power rankings


In Peter King's weekly column he unveiled his current NFL power rankings where there were a few surprises.

For starters, he has Tom Brady's Buccaneers at No. 5 and then the Raiders at No. 8, but things were really interesting in the AFC East.

King has the Bills at No. 13, the Dolphins No. 19 and then the Patriots at No. 21.

No. 21 and third in the AFC East, huh?

Here's part of what the veteran NFL writer wrote: This year reminds me of Belichick’s first year or two in New England, when he and Scott Pioli got the cap right by making do with lesser players and the highest-paid player in football, Drew Bledsoe. By 2002, it was Brady’s team, and he flourished. Now, after jettisoning Brady, Rob Gronkowski, center Ted Karras, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and keystone linebackers Kyle Van Noy, Elandon Roberts and Jamie Collins, Belichick and Nick Caserio can clean out the cap and rebuild.
The reviews on the 133rd pick in the 2019 draft, Jarrett Stidham, are good, but the shadow of the 199th pick in 2000 will always be a long one for anyone who plays quarterback in New England. There is no book on Stidham, a tough kid who will not be afraid of the hot seat, but his goal is to keep New England in games and leave the Patriots with a decision to make on a quarterback in the 2021 draft. Whatever happens, America will be watching: Four of their final nine games will be in prime time. I think this season breaks the Patriots’ 11-year stranglehold on the AFC East, but I’m pretty sure everyone in that building wants to rub our faces in such predictions, and that’s a great motivator.

The success of the 2020 team will certainly be based a great deal on how Stidham performs, but also how several other younger players do, including wide receiver N'Keal Harry.

King's top five consists of the Chiefs, Ravens, Saints, 49ers and Buccaneers.