New England Patriots: Week 5 NFL Power Rankings (#5)

Last week: 5 (+0)

Record: 2-2

In spite of their incredibly impressive win over the Buffalo Bills, I still think there are two better teams in the AFC. Houston is the obvious one and Baltimore is less obvious, more arguable, but I give Baltimore the advantage because they won the head to head matchup (albeit at home and barely) and because they have the lead in yards per play differential. Assuming Houston gets the #1 seed, I think Baltimore and New England could both end up with about 12 wins and tie for the #2 seed, with Baltimore getting the tiebreaker because they won the Head to Head matchup. That would set up a rematch in the AFC divisional round and I think since it’s in Baltimore, Baltimore would have the edge. Still, anyone who doubted the Patriots after two close losses is an idiot. There was never any doubt they would beat the Bills, just a question of how long it would take to become apparent and how big the margin of victory would be.


RB Brandon Bolden: Rushed for 137 yards (72 after contact) and a touchdown on 16 carries, 4 broken tackles, caught 1 pass for 11 yards on 1 attempt

QB Tom Brady: 22 of 36 for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns, 2 batted passes, 2 throw aways, 3 drops, 113.8 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 13 of 38 drop backs (1 sack, 1 scramble, 6 of 11, 1 touchdown, 1 throw away, 1 drop)

RT Sebastian Vollmer: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 38 pass block snaps, run blocked for 4 yards on 1 attempt

CB Devin McCourty: Allowed 2 catches for 23 yards on 6 attempts, 2 interceptions, 4 solo tackles, 1 assist, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle

WR Wes Welker: Caught 9 passes for 129 yards on 10 attempts on 36 pass snaps, 7.3 YAC per catch


DT Kyle Love: Did not record a pressure on 23 pass rush snaps, 1 solo tackle

CB Kyle Arrington: Allowed 3 catches for 87 yards and a touchdown on 4 attempts, 4 solo tackles, 1 stop




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