New England Patriots: Power Rankings

Pats stay at No. 8 in Power Rankings

October, 30, 2012
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Despite the Patriots 45-7 victory over the Rams on Sunday, they stay put at No. 8 in the NFL Power Rankings for a second straight week.

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The Atlanta Falcons are back at No. 1, followed by the Giants, Texans, 49ers and Bears.

The Saints took the biggest hit, dropping from No. 20 to No. 26 after falling hard to Peyton Manning and the Broncos on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Colts shot up eight spots to No. 15 after squeezing out a win over the Vikings on Sunday thanks to Adam Vinatieri's 53-yard field goal with 8 seconds left.

So, do you think the Patriots' No. 8 ranking is fair? Feel free to air it out in the comments section.

Power rankings: Patriots at No. 2

October, 19, 2011
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The Patriots remain entrenched at No. 2 in the latest ESPN.com NFL power rankings.

ESPN's five-member panel all voted the Patriots at No. 2, one spot behind the Green Bay Packers.The Baltimore Ravens surged two spots to No. 3 and are New England's top competition in the AFC. After next week, the Patriots will have played all four of the teams currently on the back end of the Top 10 in San Diego (7), Pittsburgh (8), Oakland (9), and Buffalo (10). The following week's opponent --the New York Giants -- sit at No. 11.

Writes AFC East blogger James Walker: "The Patriots proved against Dallas that they can win ugly, too."

Hop HERE to check out the full rankings.

Power rankings: Pats jump to No. 2

October, 11, 2011
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The New England Patriots jumped up to No. 2 in ESPN.com's latest NFL power rankings.

After two weeks at No. 3, the Patriots finally leapfrogged the New Orleans Saints to reclaim the No. 2 position. It's the same ranking they held during the early portion of the 2011 season and their highest ranking of the year.

The Patriots remain the AFC's top dog, sitting comfortably ahead of the Baltimore Ravens (5th), Buffalo Bills (6th), San Diego Chargers (7th) and Pittsburgh Steelers (8th).

In the comments section of this week's poll, AFC East blogger James Walker writes: "Little-known fact: New England's offense is sixth in the NFL in rushing."

Power rankings: Pats steady at No. 3

October, 4, 2011
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The New England Patriots stood firm at No. 3 in ESPN.com's latest power rankings.

The Patriots remain the top-ranked team in the AFC, with the Baltimore Ravens (5th) and Houston Texans (6th) the nearest conference foes. Among AFC East rivals, the Buffalo Bills' loss to the Cincinnati Bengals dropped them to No. 9, while the New York Jets -- in town this week -- plummeted to No. 14.

New England did earn one vote at No. 2, but was third on four of five blogger ballots. Hop HERE to see the full voting tally from the panelists.

In the comments for each team, AFC East blogger James Walker notes, "WR Wes Welker is on pace for 160 catches and 20 touchdowns."

Power Rankings: Pats stand firm at No. 2

September, 20, 2011
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The New England Patriots remain at No. 2 in this week's ESPN.com NFL power rankings.

Writes ESPN's John Clayton on New England: "Tom Brady is on pace for a 7,500-yard season, but he'll likely only get to 5,000." Even still, 5,000 would put him in the hunt to break Dan Marino's NFL record (5,084 yards in 1984). Brady's career best was 4,806 yards during the 2007 campaign.

Three of the five blogger panelists had the Green Bay Packers ahead of New England entering Week 2, with AFC East blogger James Walker and NFC West blogger Mike Sando voting the Patriots for the top spot. Hop HERE to see how the panel voted; Jump HERE to see the full power rankings.

New England is the top-ranked squad in the AFC, while the rival Jets (3) are on their heels.

Power rankings: Patriots second in Week 2

September, 15, 2011
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The New England Patriots held firm at No. 2 in this week's ESPN.com NFL power rankings.

Writes ESPN's John Clayton on New England: "League MVP Tom Brady couldn't have gotten off to a better start than his dissection of Miami."

Four of the five blogger panelists had the Green Bay Packers ahead of New England entering Week 2, with only AFC East blogger James Walker voting the Patriots for the top spot. Hop HERE to see how the panel voted; Jump HERE to see the full power rankings.

New England is the top-ranked squad in the AFC, while the Ravens (4) and Jets (5) are close behind.

The Patriots ended last year's regular season ranked No. 1 in the power rankings before bowing out in their first playoff game against the Jets. The Packers earned the top spot when rankings resumed this offseason and are still fending off New England.

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