The New England Patriots dropped, again, in ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings.
The New England Patriots were rolling heading into their Week 10 matchup with the Tennessee Titans, winners in six consecutive games. However, as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. For the Patriots, it was their winning streak.
New England suffered a shocking blowout loss at the hands of the Titans this past weekend. Tennessee easily handled Bill Belichick and company, winning 34-10.
It was a surprising loss for a few reasons, one being that New England usually plays well heading into their bye week. Also, with how well they have been playing in recent weeks, a blowout loss was not expected.
However, Tennessee came ready to play and jumped on New England early. The Titans are made up of a bunch of players, coaches and front office personnel that came from New England. They are looking to instill the Patriots way in New England and defeating the originators are a great way to see how things are working.
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The Patriots were shorthanded against the Titans. Offensively, Rob Gronkowski and Shaq Mason both missed the game with injuries. The offense was unable to develop any traction, as the 10 points scored are tied for a season-low. 10 points were also scored against the Detroit Lions.
Road games have proven to be difficult for New England this season. They are 2-3 away from Gillette Stadium this season, and all three losses have been in embarrassing fashion.
Luckily for New England, the rest of the AFC East has been disastrous pretty much all season, so they don’t have much to worry about for the division race. However, they have now dropped to fourth place in the AFC. They also dropped in ESPN’s NFL Power Rankings as well.
Coming into Week 10, the Patriots were ranked No. 4 in the power rankings. Heading into Week 11, the Patriots have dropped to No. 6.
New England was hopped by the Pittsburgh Steelers, No. 5 this week and the Los Angeles Chargers, who are No. 4. Rounding out the top three are the Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs and New Orleans Saints.
The Patriots now head into their bye week. They will have a week to lick their wounds and get healthy before taking on the New York Jets in Week 12. You do not want to be the Jets, facing a Patriots team coming off a loss prior to their bye week.