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: 10.8 (T-10th)
- Best ranking: 9th (The Athletic)
- Worst ranking: 13th (CBS Sports)
Below you will find a Week 5 roundup for the Patriots in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 9
The Patriots represent the biggest difference (six spots) between my ranking and EPR. I see a defense that delivered a strong performance against the Chiefs and an offense that can win in different ways once Cam Newton is back. But Monday night definitely served as a good reminder of how much Newton is being asked to do. The offense was a disaster against the Chiefs. Brian Hoyer took a sack at the end of the first half, costing the Patriots a chance at a field goal. In the third quarter, he fumbled from the Kansas City 10, wasting another scoring opportunity. And Julian Edelman's drop in the fourth led to a pick six. It didn't help either that the officials botched what should have been ruled a Mahomes fumble in the first half.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 13
They went to Kansas City and competed without Cam Newton. That's a tribute to Bill Belichick's coaching ability.
USA Today -- Rank: 12
A quarterback controversy? In New England? What could be more fun ... even if for only a week? To think Brady-Manning might morph into Rypien-Stidham ...
ESPN -- Rank: 10
FPI chance to make playoffs: 70.3%
After winning the AFC East for 11 straight years, it's notable that the Patriots don't have the highest FPI in the division; that rightfully goes to the Bills at this time. Cam Newton's return to health is the key to this figure being right. They might be able to get by for a couple of games without him, but Newton puts the Patriots closer to contender status. -- Mike Reiss
NFL.com -- Rank: 10
Right about now, Bill Belichick is thanking his lucky stars another team didn't aggressively target Cam Newton this offseason. With Newton sidelined following a positive coronavirus test, the Patriots' offense was unable to avoid killer mistakes in a 26-10 loss to the Chiefs on Monday night at Arrowhead. Brian Hoyer was benched after an error-filled performance and Jarrett Stidham threw two picks in relief (though Julian Edelman owes his QB an Apple Watch or something after his drop produced the game-clinching pick-six). The Pats' defense did a fine job containing Patrick Mahomes for most of the night, but you need to play a far cleaner game to beat the defending champs.
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