2020 NFL Power Rankings: New England Patriots
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: 18.4 (17th)
- Best ranking: 17th (CBS Sports)
- Worst ranking: 20th (USA Today)
Below you will find a Week 12 roundup for the Patriots in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 19
Be thankful for: A down year that's not even that bad. According to The Athletic's playoff projections model by Ethan Douglas, the Patriots have just a 2.9 percent chance to make the postseason. They are 4-6 with a minus-29 point differential after last week's loss to the Texans. Maybe it would have been best for New England to have bottomed out and netted a high draft pick. But there's something to be said for being competitive. Even in what might go down as the second-worst year of the Bill Belichick era, they've provided some highlights. The Patriots battled the Seahawks in a Week 2 thriller and beat the Ravens a couple weeks ago. They'll go into 2021 with all kinds of cap space and different options at quarterback. It will be weird for Patriots fans to have their weekends free in January, but that might only be a one-year thing.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 17
They just don't have the players to win consistently. The defense was awful against the Texans, and now they get to deal with Kyler Murray.
USA Today -- Rank: 20
Time was, running the ball effectively and playing solid defense equated to contending status. And yet this is the worst Patriots team in 20 years.
ESPN -- Rank: 18
What they're thankful for: RB James White's presence
The outpouring of support for White on Sept. 20, when he was preparing to play a prime-time game against the Seahawks before learning that his father was killed in a car accident, speaks to how revered he is across the NFL. His presence and the class and leadership he exudes on a daily basis make the Patriots better on and off the field. -- Mike Reiss
NFL.com -- Rank: 18
The Patriots have not missed the postseason since 2008, but that streak is in serious peril after Sunday's disappointing 27-20 loss to the Texans. At 4-6, the Patriots have put themselves in a position where they might have to win out to extend their season into January. Problem is, there's not enough talent on this roster to imagine the Pats getting nuclear hot after Thanksgiving. The Texans entered Sunday as football's worst run defense, but New England curiously went away from the running game and lead back Damien Harris after a hot start. The Patriots will need to re-establish their ball-control game with Kyler Murray up next.
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