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

ESPN -- Rank: 21

Mac Jones' strong start had things looking up even in a season-opening loss. And then the up-and-down play from defense and special teams -- along with the offensive line and several skill-position players -- led to things plummeting, as the Patriots have been learning how not to beat themselves with mistakes. Such volatility also has been reflected on the sideline with some debatable coaching decisions. -- Mike Reiss

NFL.com -- Rank: 21

The Patriots gave the Cowboys all they could handle, but it still wasn't enough to keep New England from suffering its fourth consecutive loss at Gillette Stadium. Mac Jones (again impressive) put the Pats in position for a dramatic win with a 75-yard touchdown strike to Kendrick Bourne late in the fourth quarter, but the defense surrendered a game-tying field goal with 20 seconds to play in regulation, then allowed CeeDee Lamb to get behind the secondary on the game-ending 35-yard touchdown in overtime. "We went toe-to-toe with them for 60 minutes," Bill Belichick said. "They just made a few more plays than we did." This is an organization not accustomed to moral victories.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 24

They fought hard against the Cowboys, but the reality is they didn't slow them down much on defense. They're off to an 0-4 start at home this season.

USA Today -- Rank: 23

Damien Harris could be New England's first 1,000-yard rusher in five years ... of course, these days, that only means you need to average 59 yards a week.

The Athletic -- Rank: 19

Rookie Heat Check: Mac Jones leads the rookie quarterbacks with 1,472 passing yards through six games, and is tied with Trevor Lawrence for the most touchdown passes (7). It's easy to be impressed by Jones' poise: He held up well as the opposing quarterback in Tom Brady's return to Foxboro, and had the guts to throw deep against Trevon Diggs last Sunday right after Diggs, Jones' former Alabama teammate, had a Pick-Six.

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