New England Patriots: Week 2 NFL Power Rankings (#3)

Last week: 3 (+0)

Record: 1-0

Super Bowl runner up hasn’t won the Super Bowl since Super Bowl XII or even made the Super Bowl since XXVIII. If anyone can end that, it’s the Patriots. The defense, unlike the Packers’ actually seems improved from last season, while the offense adds a new dimension with Brandon Lloyd coming in and Stevan Ridley becoming the starter. Tom Brady looks as good as ever and the offensive line held up, which was my biggest concern, albeit against a Titan pass rush that managed just 28 sacks last year.


QB Tom Brady: 23 of 31 for 236 yards, 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 2 drops, 103.6 adjusted QB rating, pressured 12 times

RB Stevan Ridley: 125 yards (82 after contact) and a touchdown on 21 carries, 5 broken tackles, 2 catches for 27 yards on 3 attempts

TE Rob Gronkowski: 6 catches for 60 yards and a touchdown on 6 attempts on 28 pass plays, run blocked for 62 yards and a touchdown on 9 carries

LOLB Dont’a Hightower: 3 quarterback pressures on 8 blitzes, 5 solo tackles and 4 stops on 10 run snaps, allowed 5 catches for 39 yards on 7 attempts

MLB Jerod Mayo: 12 solo tackles, 1 assist, and 7 run stops on 15 run plays, 1 penalty, allowed 5 catches for 28 yards on 6 attempts

DT Vince Wilfork: 1 quarterback hit and 2 quarterback pressures on 44 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle and 1 stop on 11 run snaps

FS Tavon Wilson: Allowed 4 catches for 24 yards on 6 attempts, 1 interception, 3 solo tackles and 1 stop on 7 run plays

RE Chandler Jones: 1 sack, 1 quarterback hit, and 2 quarterback hurries, 2 solo tackles, 2 assists, 2 stops on 14 run snaps


LT Nate Solder: 1 sack and 3 quarterback hits allowed on 32 pass block snaps, run blocked for 3 yards on 2 carries

WR Wes Welker: 3 catches for 14 yards on 5 targets on 22 pass snaps, 4.7 YAC per catch, 1 drop




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