- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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In a new twist this year, the Associated Press has a weekly poll ranking the NFL's 32 teams. The AP Pro32 is selected by a panel of reporters/analysts/television hosts and this week's has the Patriots in the No. 5 spot (link here).
Here are some comments from voters on the Patriots (number where the voter ranked team), as provided by the AP:
Chris Berman (ESPN, 5) -- Re-invented offense ... again!! WOW!!!
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 4) -- Building momentum with a reliable running game and Tom Brady playing like Tom Brady.
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 4) -- A franchise record 35 first downs, including 18 rushing first downs. Patriots are third in rushing. Who would have thought ... an offense that's always evolving.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 6) -- Tom Brady's offense in high gear as he gets the best of Peyton Manning yet again. Brady is now 9-4 lifetime against Manning.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 8) -- The Patriots rank a surprising third in the NFL in rushing and lead the league with four individual 100-yard games, including three by Stevan Ridley.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 6) -- The Patriots can pass. They can run. They can pile up the yards and first downs. And they can start circling the bases on a soft schedule.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 4) -- While defenses focus on stopping Tom Brady, these backs run all over you.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 5) -- The Patriot offense just went to a new level with the hurry-up no-huddle run game. They will wind up leading the league in rushing the way they are headed.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 5) -- Balance is the new word in New England as the Patriots feel that could be the difference between getting to Super Bowls and winning Super Bowls!
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 6) -- Tom Brady a game-manager? The future Hall of Fame quarterback won't complain after another dominating performance by New England's running game in a 31-21 triumph over Denver.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 5) -- They have the most explosive offense in the NFL, and as long as they take care of the football the offense could keep getting better.