New England Patriots: Week 9 NFL Power Rankings (#4)

Last week: 4 (+0)

Record: 5-3

The team with the best points differential in the league: The New England Patriots. Look out. They have a very easy schedule the rest of the way, host the Bills and Colts, going to the Jets and the Dolphins, hosing the Texans and the 49ers, going to Jacksonville, and hosting the Dolphins. As bad as they have been at nailing down leads in the 4th quarter (8-9 in their last 17 when leading by 10 or fewer going into the 4th quarter), they also have more double digit leads than anyone in the league heading into the 4th and they’ve never blown one of those. Meanwhile, their record in games where they trail by 10 or fewer going into the 4th is also around .500, meaning they’re about .500 in games that are close heading into the 4th quarter. That sounds about right.

Studs

QB Tom Brady: 23 of 35 for 304 yards and 4 touchdowns, 1 throw aways, 3 drops, 108.3 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 7 of 35 drop backs (3 of 7, 1 throw away)

C Ryan Wendell: Did not allow a pressure on 43 pass block snaps, run blocked for 29 yards on 6 attempts

LG Donald Thomas: Allowed 1 quarterback hurry on 43 pass block snaps, run blocked for -3 yards on 1 attempt

TE Rob Gronkowski: Caught 8 passes for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 attempts on 24 pass snaps, 1 drop

RB Stevan Ridley: Rushed for 127 yards (60 after contact) and a touchdown on 15 attempts

LOLB Jerod Mayo: Allowed 3 catches for 12 yards on 3 attempts, 6 solo tackles, 4 stops, 1 quarterback hurry on 5 blitzes

CB Alfonzo Dennard: Allowed 1 catch for 16 yards on 3 attempts, 1 interception, 5 solo tackles

RE Chandler Jones: 1 sack, 2 quarterback hits, and 3 quarterback hurries on 30 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 4 solo tackles, 4 stops

Duds

WR Deion Branch: Did not catch a pass on 1 attempt on 35 pass snaps

DT Vince Wilfork: Did not record a pressure on 20 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 1 solo tackle, 1 stop

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