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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:

Below you will find a Week 7 roundup for the Patriots in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 14

The numbers suggest I am overrating the Patriots. They turned in one of the worst offensive performances of the week against the Broncos. The Patriots managed 288 yards and 14 first downs. They scored one touchdown on 10 possessions and had four fumbles and two interceptions. Cam Newton took four sacks and eight quarterback hits. This was not a one-game thing. The Patriots had impressive offensive performances to start the season, but they currently rank 25th offensively in EPA per snap. It always seemed likely that New England would be better in the second half of the season than the first, but the Patriots are in a 2-3 hole.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 16

Losing to the Broncos is a big blip on their resume. Even with all the Covid issues, that can't happen.

USA Today -- Rank: 14

They'd been above .500 through five weeks for a league record 18 straight seasons ... but a lot has changed in New England this year.

ESPN -- Rank: 14

Most impactful injury: C David Andrews

The starting center and captain suffered a hand injury during a Week 2 loss to the Seahawks and missed the past three games, two of which the Patriots lost. That has led to some major shuffling along the offensive line. The results showed up in a big way in a surprising Week 6 loss to the Broncos in which the Patriots opened with one combination up front and then switched it around considerably after an in-game injury to right tackle Jermaine Eluemunor. When things get shaky up front, the entire offense falters. -- Mike Reiss

NFL.com -- Rank: 12

The Patriots were unable to practice much at all over the past two weeks as they dealt with COVID-19 issues, and it looked that way for the offense in an 18-12 loss to the Broncos. New England managed just 288 total yards and turned it over three times, including a pair of Cam Newton interceptions in the QB's return from his own coronavirus-related absence. The defense deserves credit for holding the Broncos to six field goals, and two late Drew Lock interceptions pumped life back into the team. It wasn't enough, however, and the Pats are under .500 through five games for the first time in 18 years. Nobody said life without Tom Brady would be easy.

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