New England Patriots: Week 15 NFL Power Rankings (#1)

Last week: 1 (+0)

Record: 10-3

Net points per drive: 1.17 (1st)

DVOA: 41.8% (1st)

Weighted DVOA: 45.8% (1st)

Tom Brady improved to 26-11 in his career against teams with a better record than his with his win over the Texans last week. That’s unreal. The Patriots are +198 on the season. The 49ers are closest at +132. They already have wins over the Texans and Broncos and if they beat the 49ers this week, they’ll have wins against 3 of the other 4 top-5 NFL teams and will be convincing favorites.

New England

Studs

LT Nate Solder: Allowed 1 quarterback hit on 43 pass block snaps, run blocked for 5 yards on 2 attempts

LG Logan Mankins: Allowed 1 quarterback hit on 42 pass block snaps, run blocked for 25 yards on 6 attempts

QB Tom Brady: 21 of 35 for 296 yards and 4 touchdowns, 2 hit as thrown, 3 drops, 98.4 adjusted QB rating, pressured on 10 of 37 drop backs (1 sack, 1 scramble, 2 of 8, 2 hit as thrown)

WR Brandon Lloyd: Caught 7 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown on 8 attempts on 41 pass snaps, 1.3 YAC per catch

CB Alfonzo Dennard: Allowed 3 catches for 31 yards on 5 attempts, 1 pass deflection, 4 solo tackles, 2 stops

ROLB Dont’a Hightower: Allowed 4 catches for 15 yards on 4 attempts, 7 solo tackles, 6 stops, 1 penalty, 2 quarterback hits and 1 quarterback hurry on 16 blitzes

FS Devin McCourty: Allowed 2 catches for 20 yards on 3 attempts, 1 interception, 5 solo tackles, 1 stop, 1 missed tackle

DT Vince Wilfork: 1 sack and 2 quarterback hurries on 30 pass rush snaps, 1 batted pass, 3 solo tackles, 1 assist, 4 stops, 1 missed tackle

Duds

RG Dan Connolly: 1 quarterback hit and 2 quarterback hurries on 43 pass block snaps, 1 penalty, run blocked for 17 yards on 5 attempts

WR Wes Welker: Caught 3 passes for 52 yards on 8 attempts on 40 pass snaps, 9.7 YAC per catch, 3 drops

MLB Brandon Spikes: 1 solo tackle, allowed 2 catches for 43 yards on 2 attempts

LE Trevor Scott: 1 quarterback hurry on 20 pass rush snaps, 1 penalty, 1 assist, 1 missed tackle

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