Saturday, November 14, 2020

New England Patriots Week 10 NFL Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the New England Patriots rank in terms of average, best and worst:

  • Average ranking: 21.6 (22nd)
  • Best ranking: 17th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 26th (USA Today)

Below you will find a Week 10 roundup for the Patriots in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 23

Patriots haters should be thrilled. They're probably not good enough to make the playoffs, but they're also not bad enough to net a top pick. Cam Newton hasn't been good enough to where they should definitely keep him past 2020. And he hasn't been bad enough to where they should definitely move on. The Patriots have mostly been boring and irrelevant. Douglas' model gives them just a 3.8 percent chance to make the playoffs.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 17

It wasn't a thing of art against the Jets, but they broke their four-game losing streak. Now comes a home game against the Ravens.

USA Today -- Rank: 26

So much for the conspiracy theory that had Bill Belichick dropping two games to Jets this season in a bid to steal Trevor Lawrence atop the draft.

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Recalibrated expectation: Finishing .500

The margin for error is already thin, and with home games remaining against the Ravens, Cardinals and Bills along with road games against the Chargers, Rams and Dolphins, it won't be easy. The Patriots have dug themselves an early hole they haven't been in since 2000, Bill Belichick's first year as the team's coach. -- Mike Reiss -- Rank: 21

The Patriots avoided a season-crushing setback by the narrowest of margins on Monday night, wiping away a 10-point, fourth-quarter deficit before beating the Jets on a 51-yard field goal by Nick Folk as time expired. It was a win that showed character while also reminding the football world this is who the Patriots are now: a middling team that can be beat by anyone ... even the Jets. The biggest positive was Cam Newton, who scored twice on the ground and powered New England's fourth-quarter comeback with a series of big throws. It was the quarterback's most encouraging performance in weeks, and a sign of life the Pats desperately needed.

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