NFL Power Rankings: New England Patriots Ranked Second


After 14 weeks of NFL action, it seems all analysts have universally agreed that the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers are the two best teams in the league. That is how every top two is looking on power rankings across the net, and I completely agree with this assessment.

ESPN on the Pats:

"Sunday was Tom Brady’s 64th career 300-yard game, passing Dan Marino for third most in NFL history. The win also makes Brady a ridiculous 46-7 as a starter in December."

"Three observations from the Patriots’ victory in San Diego on Sunday night:a) Gutty wins like that are precisely why I still feel confident in my Super Bowl prediction.b) Bringing back LeGarrette Blount — a highly motivatedLeGarrette Blount — was genius.c) Jamie Collins can really play."

Bleacher Report:

"As an NFL community, we have become so accustomed to the New England Patriots being great that it’s just expected at this point. That puts a bit of a damper on things like 12 straight seasons with at least 10 wins, but that’s what Bill Belichick accomplished when the Patriots went to San Diego and won a fistfight against the Chargers.An AFC East title, a No. 1 seed in the playoffs and a run to the AFC Championship Game have become so normal in New England that it’s almost unfair to the team when we don’t acknowledge the consistently high level of play it produces year after year. But here it is with three weeks to go looking again like the AFC’s best team with the rest of the league trying to figure out how to adapt to Belichick’s greatness.With a win over San Diego, the Patriots remain in the driver’s seat in the AFC playoff race, and it’s tough to imagine anyone knocking them off at this point."

The Patriots are hands down the best team in the AFC. They have the best quarterback, the best offensive weapon, and the best defense. Nobody is going into Foxboro and taking this group down. Of course, the same can be said for Green Bay, as they have the hottest quarterback in the league leading them, and while their defense is suspect, I doubt anyone can beat them in Lambeau in January weather.

I picked the Seahawks to meet the Pats in the Super Bowl before the season began, and as great as Aaron Rodgers and that offense are playing, I’m sticking with my original pick. I don’t trust the Packers’ defense, and I think that will ultimately do them in.