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: 7.6 (7th)
- Best ranking: 6th (USA Today)
- Worst ranking: 9th (ESPN)
Below you will find a Week 4 roundup for the Patriots in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 7
What we learned: They're getting contributions from everywhere. In Week 2, we saw Cam Newton battle Russell Wilson in a shootout. But the Patriots' win over the Raiders took on a different form. In the heart of the game, the Patriots put together four straight scoring drives (three touchdowns and one interception). Seven different players carried the ball, including household names like J.J. Taylor and Isaiah Zuber. In terms of EPA per snap, the best rushing game for any team this season was the Patriots' win over the Dolphins in Week 1. The second-best rushing game was the Patriots' win Sunday against the Raiders.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 8
As their young players improve, they will as well. Get them early if you can. This week's game at Kanas City will tell a lot about them.
USA Today -- Rank: 6
For all we heard about their lack of offensive weapons in 2019, you now wonder if they would have won it all by unleashing RB Rex Burkhead.
ESPN -- Rank: 9
What we got wrong: Rookies Devin Asiasi and Dalton Keene would boost the team's sagging production at tight end.
After ranking last in TE pass-catching production in 2019, the Patriots traded up in the third round to select both Asiasi and Keene. But Asiasi has been used sparingly behind third-year pro Ryan Izzo, while Keene has been a game-day inactive each week. -- Mike Reiss
NFL.com -- Rank: 8
Some things never change for the Patriots. They'll still draw you offside on fourth-and-short (got ya, Maxx Crosby), they'll still cook up a game plan to negate your best player (sorry, Darren Waller), they'll still bludgeon you with the running back you least suspect (hi, Rex Burkhead), and they'll still benefit from a controversial fumble call when the Raiders come to town (that's life, Jon Gruden). It all added up to a 36-20 win over the Raiders, and it showed how this new Pats offense can still roll up yardage and score points even when Cam Newton has a C game (his grade, not ours). New England remains a major player in the AFC.
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