Friday, October 13, 2023

New England Patriots Week 6 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 6 roundup for the New England Patriots in our consensus 2023 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 30

Fantasy surprise: TE Hunter Henry

Not many choices from a team that has scored just 55 points all season, but Henry ranks 10th among tight ends in fantasy points scored with 17 receptions for 176 yards and 2 touchdowns. He's been one of the few bright spots and is a consistent presence on the field, having played 83% of the offensive snaps. -- Mike Reiss -- Rank: 29

The last two weeks have been the darkest stretch for this franchise in quite some time. Seeing Bill Belichick punt on fourth-and-3 from the Saints' 40-yard line in a 24-0 game in Foxborough was shocking. One of the greatest coaches in football history just seemed defeated. Two weeks in a row, the Patriots have had to bench Mac Jones for his own good. The season has gone from concerning to depressing, and I have very little hope that a banged-up defense is somehow going to come to the rescue. Until further notice, New England can safely be called one of the worst teams in the NFL, which is just strange to type. The fear factor is long gone.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 29

This team is toast. It's hard to believe they are this low with Bill Belichick as the coach. Maybe it was Tom Brady for all those years.

USA Today -- Rank: 31

If the dynasty wasn't already dead, then life support has officially been unplugged. Bill Belichick wants to "start over" after suffering the two worst defeats of his career with an offense that's been shut out of the end zone for 10 consecutive quarters and has turned it over 10 times.

The Athletic -- Rank: 30

It's not New England's fault that Christian Gonzalez got hurt. The No. 17 pick at cornerback was the real deal before his shoulder injury. The rest of this mess is the Patriots' fault. New England's minus-76 point differential is the second worst in the league, and talk of Bill Belichick being pushed out the door suddenly doesn't seem crazy.

FOX -- Rank: 30

Getting housed by the Cowboys on the road is one thing; getting pulverized by a struggling Saints offense at home is something else. It hasn't been great for the Patriots since Tom Brady left town, but this feels like a different sort of ineptitude. It's going to get real ugly in Foxborough if the Pats can't at least keep their games close.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 28

The Patriots have a minus-54 point differential over the past two weeks, which seems impossible for a Bill Belichick-coached team. It's just all terrible for the Patriots right now. The conversation can already start about Belichick's future. He'll be 72 next season. Does he want to be a part of this long-term rebuild? Do the Patriots want to make a change, and if they do, how do you move on from a legend like Belichick without it being utterly messy?

PFT -- Rank: 32

The knives are out for a chronic curmudgeon who can't coach his way out of a growing list of mistakes.

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