NFL Power Rankings: Patriots Continue to Soar


Despite taking their bye week in Week 4, the New England Patriots continue to perform well in the NFL power rankings from across the web. When it comes down to it, the Patriots are clearly one of the best teams in the league, and these rankings back up that statement. See for yourself:

Peter King of Sports Illustrated for the MMQB: 1

"Back on Labor Day, Games 4 and 5—at Dallas, at Indianapolis—looked significantly more troublesome than they do now."

Elliot Harrison of 2

"The bye week in New England meant additional time for Patriots fans to send along their tweets regarding how awesome their team is. No fanbase tweets such things more …Ravens fans hop on Twitter as much, but in their case, it’s more “Hey, we’re still kinda good!” or — a favorite — “Your (sic) an idiot.”Truth is, New England is a premier team right now — and surprisingly, the defense is a large reason for that. The unit might not be setting the world on fire, but 17th in points allowed is solid enough for Tom Brady, who, well, is setting the world on fire."

Frank Schwab of Yahoo Sports: 1

"The Patriots have passed 133 times and ran the ball 71 times. But yet we’ll still hear people say you need to run the ball to win championships, when that’s clearly not true anymore."

Mark Maske from The Washington Post: 1

"The Patriots didn’t exactly need a bye three games into their season, but never quibble with a week off in the NFL. Let the DeflateGate payback resume this weekend." 1

"How good were the Patriots in their first three games? They have a better points differential (plus-49) than each of the five 4-0 teams."

Bob Glauber of Newsday: 2

"The Pats come off an early bye to face the Cowboys in Dallas, so the Cowboys had better be prepared. Bill Belichick is 11-4 after bye weeks."

Pete Prisco of CBSSports: 2

"They were on a roll before their early-season bye. Will they keep it going? How do you stop Tom Brady?"

Sean Tomlinson of Bleacher Report: 1

"The New England Patriots had Week 4 off with an early bye, which cranks the difficulty knob on their title defense a little further. But life should get pretty easy for the Pats over the next two weeks, with games against the injury-riddled Cowboys and struggling Colts."

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