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: 17.8 (18th)
- Best ranking: 17th (Multiple)
- Worst ranking: 19th (The Athletic)
Below you will find a Week 15 roundup for the Patriots in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 19
They traded out of the first round (23rd overall) for picks 37 (second round) and 71 (third round). The Patriots took safety Kyle Dugger with the 37th overall pick. Dugger has played 46 percent of the Patriots' defensive snaps and flashed upside. New England's 2020 season, however, doesn't have much upside after the Patriots got blown out in a Thursday night loss to the Rams.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 18
Is it almost time to sit Cam Newton down? He just doesn't look right. They are done.
USA Today -- Rank: 17
Though they're still mathematically alive for a wild-card spot, their record 11-year rule over the AFC East came to an end Sunday night.
ESPN -- Rank: 17
The passing offense has been a disappointment, which highlights myriad issues: Cam Newton's inaccuracy on short passes, a major void at tight end (the Patriots rank last in the NFL in production from that spot) and a receiving corps that hasn't been respected by opposing defenses and thus allows foes to load up against the run. -- Mike Reiss
NFL.com -- Rank: 18
Bill Belichick said after Thursday night's 24-3 loss to the Rams that Cam Newton will remain his starting quarterback, but that really doesn't matter much anymore. The 6-7 Patriots aren't talented enough to hang in the AFC playoff race, and Newton -- for all his qualities as a hard worker and strong locker-room presence -- simply is no longer the same player he once was. When he signed with the Patriots, Newton appeared to be a bridge quarterback with upside for something much more. After 12 starts by the QB, the Cam era looks increasingly like a one-and-done proposition in New England. What comes next for the former MVP is anyone's guess.
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