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

ESPN -- Rank: 19

Most improved player: WR Jakobi Meyers

How they've improved: Meyers has been targeted a team-high 47 times and has totaled 31 receptions for 302 yards. While he had one regrettable drop in Sunday's win over the Texans in which he was wide-open, Meyers' leap forward is reflected in that through the first five games of last season, he had just one catch for 7 yards. The third-year receiver is still looking for his first touchdown reception, though. -- Mike Reiss

NFL.com -- Rank: 22

Generally speaking, a scenario that combines a rookie QB making his fifth start and an offensive line missing four starters is -- well -- not ideal. It's the stuff blowout losses are made of, and perhaps that would have been the Patriots' fate had they not been playing the hapless Texans on Sunday. But perhaps not, considering Mac Jones is showing us on a weekly basis that he's not your typical rookie quarterback. Jones engineered a pair of fourth-quarter scoring marches on Sunday, including his first classified as a game-winning drive, in a 25-22 win. Jones isn't as flashy as the other rookie QBs, but on balance, he's been the most impressive.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 21

They didn't look good against the Texans, but they found a way to win at Houston. Mac Jones made the plays when they were needed. Now they get a tough one against Dallas.

USA Today -- Rank: 26

They were wholly unimpressive Sunday against downtrodden Houston, a performance at least partially explained by New England missing 80% of its starting offensive line. But that doesn't explain Texans rookie QB Davis Mills carving up Belichick's defense.

The Athletic -- Rank: 22

Breakout player: Mac Jones? Please. As the great QB guru Rex Ryan said on TV Monday, "You have a pea-shooter at quarterback. He's closer to Danny Wuerffel than he is Tom Brady." ... Jones should be fine, but we're going with tight end Hunter Henry finally making good on all the potential he showed with the Chargers. Henry was targeted a team-high eight times on Sunday and had six receptions for 75 yards, including a touchdown. He has 20 catches on 26 pea shots this season, and he and Jones will only get more in sync.

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