Saturday, November 4, 2023

New England Patriots Week 9 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2023 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Below you will find a Week 9 roundup for the New England Patriots in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 28

When Mac Jones doesn't throw an INT, the Patriots are 2-0. When Jones throws an INT, they are 0-6. This highlights the one area that continues to hold him back -- the inability to avoid costly turnovers leading to points for the opposition. That showed up again late in the second quarter in a loss to the Dolphins on Sunday when Jones was picked by Jalen Ramsey and it turned into a field goal. On the season, Jones is 173-of-260 for 1,641 yards with 9 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. -- Mike Reiss -- Rank: 28

It'll be interesting if the Patriots turn into sellers at the deadline, even with injuries killing their depth almost everywhere. Some might suggest they should hold off, with winnable games against the Commanders and Colts up next, but that seems shortsighted. I'd be willing to listen to offers for Josh Uche or Kyle Dugger, the latter of whom had a huge game in Sunday's loss to Miami. It's not that they're not good players, but they're two of the few Patriots assets that could net something in return, and it's not likely both will receive big extensions from New England in 2024. One would assume there's another stripdown coming, although it's hard to imagine what the offseason plan will be. The optimism sparked by the Bills win was short-lived, and reality has set back in.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 27

After a big win against the Bills, it was back to reality against Miami. They just aren't a good team - even with Bill Belichick as coach.

USA Today -- Rank: 27

With their leading receiver, WR Kendrick Bourne, tearing his ACL, hard to say where an offense that was going nowhere fast heads from here.

The Athletic -- Rank: 29

Something scary (for them): Bill Belichick's staples

Mac Jones has been bad (30th in EPA per dropback), but he's not the only reason New England is four games under .500. The defense and special teams, Belichick's specialties, also stink. The Patriots are allowing 26 points per game, which ranks 26th in the league. They've held just one opponent under 20 points, and that was the Jets. On top of that, New England's special teams EPA is minus-19.68, which ranks 31st, according to TruMedia.

FOX -- Rank: 27

It's not as if the Patriots got blown off the field in Miami, but you can see the writing on the wall. New England has the worst record in the AFC and is the only team in the AFC East below .500. Kendrick Bourne is now out for the year. We can't write off another surprising win or two, but it feels safe to say the Patriots aren't going anywhere in 2023.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 27

Receiver Kendrick Bourne had some good moments this season, including touchdowns in each of the Patriots' past two games. He tore his ACL on Sunday and is done for the season. It's another step back for a Patriots offense that doesn't have a lot of talent.

PFT -- Rank: 31

They're currently 16th out of 16 teams in the AFC standings.

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