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2021 NFL Power Rankings: New England Patriots

Throughout the 2021 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 3 roundup for the Patriots in our consensus 2021 NFL Power Rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 19

Fantasy surprise: RB Damien Harris

It's slim pickings for an offense that has been limited, but Harris gets the nod because he has been the surefire No. 1 RB on a team that has traditionally favored a committee approach. He had 23 carries for 100 yards in the opener (with a costly late fumble) and followed it up with a 26-yard TD run in Week 2 on one of the best individual rushing efforts across the NFL. -- Mike Reiss

NFL.com -- Rank: 15

Zach Wilson has become the latest highly touted Jets quarterback prospect to burn up spectacularly in the presence of Bill Belichick. New England intercepted Wilson four times on Sunday, dominating the rookie in a 25-6 win at the Meadowlands. While Wilson imploded, Mac Jones delivered another steady effort that should have the Patriots feeling extremely optimistic about their rookie passer. Jones wasn't electric, but he led the offense with confidence and showed poise that clearly eluded the QB taken 13 picks ahead of him on the other side of the field. If this is Jones' floor, the Pats are set up very well for the future.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

The defense toyed with Jets rookie quarterback Zack Wilson, which isn't a surprise. The offense was just OK, but it was good enough with the defense so dominant.

USA Today -- Rank: 20

The Brady-Mac Jones comparisons are already out of control ... so here's another one. New England is playing stifling defense -- among AFC teams, tied for fewest points allowed (23) and most takeaways (5) -- and running the ball effectively to keep Jones in manageable situations, much as Bill Belichick did in 2001 when Brady became the starter ... and won his first Super Bowl. No pressure, Mac.

The Athletic -- Rank: 19

So far, so good for rookie Mac Jones. He hasn't exactly wowed anyone with his downfield passes, but offensive coordinator and play caller Josh McDaniels hasn't asked Jones to do too much. For as much as we hyperanalyze the right formula for a rookie quarterback (see: Bears, Chicago), the Patriots seem to be doing it right with Jones. So far he's been clean and polished. But what will really move the confidence needle for Jones is what happens in two weeks, when Tom Brady and a scary Bucs defense visit Foxboro.

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