AFC power rankings: Chargers are better off than fans realize

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AFC Power Rankings Tier 1: Perennial contenders

  • 3. Buffalo Bills (2-1 record, +56 point differential)

The Bills had a hiccup in Week 1 as the team was not able to capitalize on Aaron Rodgers' injury and beat the Jets. Since that hiccup, though, the Bills have been nothing but dominant and have blown out the two teams they have faced.

The mark of a great team is that they can not only beat teams that they should beat, but can beat them easily. That is exactly what Buffalo did against the Raiders and Commanders, comfortably beating the two teams without much doubt.

Five of Buffalo's next six opponents were playoff teams last season. It will be a telling stretch for Josh Allen and the team.

2. Kansas City Chiefs (2-1 record, +38 point differential)

The Chiefs were unable to overcome the absence of Chris Jones and Travis Kelce in Week 1 and lost a close game to the Detroit Lions. Since then, though, the Chiefs have played solid football to jump out to a 2-1 record.

Kansas City didn't blow out Jacksonville by any means but they still beat an AFC team that is hopeful of making the playoffs. The Jags are better than any team the Bills have played this season. Then, in Week 3, the Chiefs did exactly what they should have done against the Chicago Bears and beat the brakes off of them in front of Taylor Swift.

1. Miami Dolphins (3-0 record, +59 point differential)

The Dolphins just became the third team in NFL history to score 70 points in a game (and the first since 1966)! That is incredible and is indicative of how special the offensive side of the ball is with Tua Tagovailoa leading the way.

There are viable reasons to be concerned about Miami's long-term success. They enjoyed a similar start last season and slowed down once defenses adjusted and Tua got hurt. Both of those things could happen again this year.

But as it stands right now, the Dolphins don't just look like the best team in the AFC, they look like the best team in the entire NFL.