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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Power Rankings: No. 5 New England

By Mike Reiss

A weekly examination of the Patriots' Power Ranking:

Preseason: 6 | Last Week: 7 | Power Ranking since 2002

The New England Patriots moved up two spots following their resounding 41-7 road win over the Baltimore Ravens. They leapfrogged the Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints.

All of's voters slotted the Patriots at No. 5, except one, who had them at No. 6 and put the Cardinals in the No. 5 spot.

The Patriots finish the regular season against the No. 23 Bills, and as we've discussed in this space throughout the second half of the season, they are capable of beating anyone in the NFL ... and also losing to anyone in the NFL.

That's part of what has created such a wild ride for the team in 2013.

But as has been the case over the past decade-plus, the bottom line is this: They're in the mix to be No. 1 when it truly counts.