The Patriots are No. 4 in PFT’s preseason power rankings

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For most of Bill Belichick’s tenure as head coach of the Patriots, the question has not been whether the team would make it to the playoffs but rather how far they will get once the postseason gets underway.

That appears to be the case this year as well. The Patriots enter the season as the heavy favorites in the AFC East and our panel puts them behind only the Broncos in the conference pecking order.

That’s just where they finished last season after losing to Denver in the AFC Championship Game and switching the order will likely have a lot to do with New England’s health this season. Losing Rob Gronkowski, Jerod Mayo, Vince Wilfork and others left the Pats undermanned for their date with the Broncos, but all of the wounded are expected back this year.

Those returns along with the arrival of cornerback Darrelle Revis could be enough to lift New England back to the top of the heap. Check out the entire preview here and then let us know what you think about the Patriots heading into the 2014 season.

34 responses to “The Patriots are No. 4 in PFT’s preseason power rankings

  1. As a loyal fan since 1970 all I can ask for is to put a decent product on the field that gives us a chance to win . Kraft and BB have done that . We havent won Super Bowl in a while but we are there every year which is more then 90 percent of the NFL. No team has won more games in NFL since 2001. Its not gonna last forever so enjoy it …I know I am !!!!

  2. ncphinsfan says:
    Jul 21, 2014 9:12 AM
    AFC East Champs: check
    One and Done in Playoffs: check

    Yes, because they have a long history of going 1 and done in the playoffs!

  3. The Denver Broncos are also getting back a lot of their injured players and have added even more talent than the Patriots did during the offseason.

    The Patriots will be good. Just not quite good enough to get past the Broncos.

    GET THE MAN THE RING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Sincerely,
    Bronco Nation

  4. 31 other NFL franchises wish they had New England’s success over the past decade and a half, and would die for the chance at having BB running their organization. That’s a lot of jealousy, envy, and angst.

  5. ncphinsfan says:
    Jul 21, 2014 9:12 AM
    AFC East Champs: check
    One and Done in Playoffs: check

    The Dolphins making the playoffs exactly twice since 2001:check
    Going one in done in all two of said playoff games:check

  6. As a Niner fan I gotta respect how much winning the Pats have done over the years..You can always count on them making a push for a superbowl at the end of the year..

  7. What a ride the Patriots have had. Going from perennial loosers to the best run organization in the modern era.

    Coming back from 24-0 to beat Denver when our players were healthy. And then losing when we were decimated and with a cruddy receiver group. I like 16-0 this year.

    3 super bowls and 5 appearances.

    Just freaking awesome!

  8. This is the Year that the Mighty Patriots bleed… my opinion they made lateral moves no upgrades and no downgrades…”Lateral”… they will win, but the problem is everyone in the AFC East upgraded and if they can cut down on the mistakes and don’t try to out think the Patriots you will see Patriots be “Dethroned”… INDEED…

  9. They’re winning 11-13 games a year… only 6 of the those are in division… How do you explain that?

  10. The AFC East was 22-18 outside the division in 2013. But don’t let that interfere with the narrative that the division sucks and is a cakewalk for the Pats.

  11. Think the Patriots are going to win it this year. I know the people who hate them don’t want to see it, but I think adding the new CBs to rip off the Seattle blueprint will finally get them over the hump.

  12. This has become comical. A degrading offense, and a defense that hasn’t even been middle of the road for a few years. That’s your top 5? Green Bay was funny. New England this high is kinda sad.

  13. Not a NE fan here, but how can you say they are not a top 5 team? Its like almost every year they make it to the AFC Championship (which automatically makes you top 4).

    Whenever you want to rank teams, you look at Coach and QB first, then defense. They got burned by the Broncos WRs, and now they stacked up their secondary to combat that. It will be interesting to see when those two AFC goliaths battle..

  14. Some truly delusional thinking going on–the rest of the AFC East will challenge the Pats???
    The Pats will whip the Broncos in the AFC Championship, and have a great game against the Niners in the SB, with a close win.

  15. Easiest division of the NFL, the teams are butt fumbling quarterbacks around except for the Patriots.

    Easier Conference. 5 teams in the AFC were ranked below the vikings, the worst NFC team.

    The top 6 teams in the NFC could easily beat the Patriots (49’ers, Bears, Cardinals, Packers, Saints, Seahawks,).

    Their first test in not until 10/26 when they play the Bears.

    Just because the Patriots have no competition in the AFC doesn’t mean they should be ranked this high. The Broncos are the only AFC team that might crack the top 5.

  16. The math here is pretty simple.

    With a number of major injuries and a HUGE overturn of the offensive targets (with most of the replacements lacking NFL experience), the team made it to the AFC Championship game.

    Now the injured players return, the targets have an extra year of NFL AND team experience, and as a bonus the front office has conjured up what potentially could be the NFL’s best secondary. I’m pretty sure that adds up to a return to the divisional round (at minimum), almost certainly another conference final, and as good a chance as any at making it back to The Big Game.

  17. bcmcknight77 says:
    Jul 21, 2014 11:40 AM
    This has become comical. A degrading offense, and a defense that hasn’t even been middle of the road for a few years. That’s your top 5? Green Bay was funny. New England this high is kinda sad.
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    Last year the Pats had the third best scoring offense and the 10th best scoring defense even with all the rookies and injuries. I suggest you go get help from someone with a flashlight so you can look up your hind end for your head.

    The one thing last year’s Pats had was extreme mental toughness. That doesn’t “carry over” from year to year so I hope they can cultivate it. It’s the only reason they were able to win 4-5 games last minute last season. That was a fun team to watch.

  18. What are you on that makes you think the bears and cardinals could beat the patriots. You can never be for sure when your team has carson palmer and jay cutler. You must be dreaming because the pats defense would force atleast 2-3 turnovers on those qbs.

  19. The bears and cardinals could never beat the patriots. You can never be for sure when your team has carson palmer and jay cutler. You must be dreaming because the pats defense would force atleast 2-3 turnovers on those qbs.

  20. “The top 6 teams in the NFC could easily beat the Patriots (49′ers, Bears, Cardinals, Packers, Saints, Seahawks,).”

    Patriots versus:

    Saints (10.2013) Patriots win 30-27

    Cardinals (9.2012) Cardinals win 20-18 (Pats stumble in week 2)

    Rams (10.2013) Patriots win 45-7

    49’ers (12.2013) 49’ers win 41-34 (Pats had tied game after being down 31-3)

    Chicago (12.2010) Patriots win 36-7

    Packers (12.2010) Patriots win 31-27)

  21. Let’s see how it plays out after the first 4 weeks of the season.

    IMO these rankings are based more on last years finishes than anything else…No one’s played a down this year, yet.

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