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2022 NFL Power Rankings: New England Patriots

Throughout the 2022 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 4 roundup for the New England Patriots in our consensus 2022 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 16

Mac Jones is hurting. Everything took a back seat to his physical condition when he hopped off the field on his final offensive play in the loss Sunday to the Ravens, going directly to the locker room for evaluation. Jones is dealing with what doctors have diagnosed as a severe high ankle sprain that would cause many to have surgery and miss multiple weeks, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Jones is also hurting on the stat sheet. He threw three interceptions Sunday, upping his total for the season to five. He didn't throw his fifth interception until the fifth game of the season last year.

NFL.com -- Rank: 18

The offense showed legitimate signs of life on Sunday against the Ravens, but the Patriots won't survive if they can't protect the football. Bill Belichick's team turned the ball over four times, with three of those coming on Mac Jones interceptions, in a 37-26 loss to Baltimore. A frustrating afternoon came to an ugly conclusion: Jones had to be helped to the locker room after being injured on his final play of the game. On Monday, NFL Network Insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported that Jones suffered a "pretty severe" high ankle sprain that leaves his availability unclear moving forward. Swapping out Jones for Brian Hoyer for any length of time is just about the last thing this team needs.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 14

Before the season, I thought it would be a miracle if this team made the playoffs. Now I am convinced of it. They aren't good.

USA Today -- Rank: 13

They're 18-18 since Brady chose to leave New England, but .500 could be awfully tough to maintain if QB Mac Jones (ankle) is out for an extended period.

The Athletic -- Rank: 18

If we were breaking up the 32 teams into tiers, this would begin the dropoff to the bottom of the league, which seems more clustered than usual. Through three weeks, it feels like there are about nine good teams, another eight or so flawed with promise and then a jumbled morass of teams still trying to figure things out. The best way to separate them, for now, is what brain trust deserves the most benefit of the doubt. So we'll keep the Patriots here despite a Mac Jones high ankle sprain that might mean more Brian Hoyer than anyone thought was possible in 2022. That means the Patriots are likely to lean even more on Rhamondre Stevenson, Damien Harris and a rushing attack that ranks first in the league in Football Outsiders' DVOA. It could be ugly.

The Ringer -- Rank: 20

The team without a true offensive coordinator doesn't have a good offense, and that same team will likely be without its starting quarterback for some time. Bill Belichick said Monday he had "nothing definitive" on Mac Jones's injury, but what is definite is that New England's playoff hopes are all but dead if Jones's injury is as severe as it seemed when Jones was carried off the field by his teammates on Sunday. According to FanDuel, the Patriots are +280 to make the postseason entering Week 4, a marked drop-off from their preseason odds set at +160.

Yahoo! -- Rank: 19

The next few weeks will either be Mac Jones playing at presumably far less than 100 percent on a high ankle sprain or Brian Hoyer taking over. I'm not sure how an offense that already had its issues (though, it was better Sunday) gets much better than that scenario. These next few weeks are critical for the Patriots. They need to grind out some wins to stay relevant.

PFT -- Rank: 14

Let Bailey zap.

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