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

ESPN -- Rank: 20

Biggest surprise: Struggling offensive line

Why it's a surprise: The group of Isaiah Wynn (LT), Mike Onwenu (LG), David Andrews (C), Shaq Mason (RG) and Trent Brown (RT) was supposed to be a strength of the Patriots' offense, but rookie QB Mac Jones has taken 34 hits through four games. Also, the running game has been inconsistent, as evidenced by gaining minus-1 yard on eight carries Sunday night against the Buccaneers. Brown's right calf injury, which has knocked him out of action for everything but the first series of the season, has been a factor in the performance, but is far from the only reason for the struggle. -- Mike Reiss

NFL.com -- Rank: 22

The irony is that Bill Belichick would never have settled for that 56-yard field-goal try in steady rainfall if Tom Brady was still his quarterback. Mac Jones had played an extremely efficient game to that point, but gaining Belichick's trust in game-deciding moments remains a work in progress. So, facing fourth-and-3 from the Bucs' 37, Belichick instead sent out Nick Folk, who clanked the ball off the left upright in a 19-17 loss to the defending champions. It was a difficult ending to an evening in which the Pats' defense didn't surrender a touchdown pass to Brady and held Tampa Bay to its lowest point total of the season. Still, Brady's team found a way at Foxborough. The same old story ... with a twist.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 19

They showed well against the Buccaneers. The best news is Mac Jones is improving each week.

USA Today -- Rank: 21

They're 0-3 at home for the first time since Robert Kraft bought the franchise in 1994. Burning it all down might be an option ... if Houston wasn't next on the schedule.

The Athletic -- Rank: 19

Valiant performance in the rain and in what must have been a very uncomfortable situation for rookie quarterback Mac Jones against the Buccaneers (and that old quarterback, Tom Brady). With the Texans on the schedule next, it's time to see offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels open up the playbook a bit more for Jones and try to find out if the Patriots have a real downfield passing game.

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