Yahoo! Sports ranks them 4th (nc): Did former FEMA chief Michael “Brownie” Brown enter the visitors’ locker room after Monday night’s disaster at the Superdome and tell Bill Belichick, “You’re doing a heck of a job”?
Peter King at SI ranks them 4th (nc): I'll tell you what would be a crazy AFC Divisional Playoff game: Pats, seeded third, and coming off a physical wild card game against, say, Pittsburgh or Baltimore, traveling to Cincinnati to play the rested Bengals. Even against those odds, anyone picking against Tom Brady?
USA Today ranks them 4th (nc): Only win on road came in London against Bucs.
What If Sports ranks them 5th (-1)
Vic Carucci at NFL.com ranks them 5th (-1): They're probably good enough to win a bad AFC East, but they're simply not good enough to compete with the league's elite.
The Sporting News ranks them 5th (-1): Unable to contain top offenses, and their performance on the road has been subpar.
WEEI ranks them 6th (-2): The Patriots looked silly against the Saints. They need to improve on both sides of the ball if this team expects to contend for a Super Bowl. The red zone offense has been mediocre at best and the defense has looked awful against strong offenses.
ESPN ranks them 6th (-2): If the Patriots can't fix their problems in road games, they won't travel far in the playoffs.
Fox Sports ranks them 6th (-2): New England may have had the NFL's second-best scoring defense entering last week, but the Saints helped shed some light on why Bill Belichick went fourth-down happy vs. Peyton Manning and Drew Brees. The Patriots' secondary struggles against better, experienced QBs. Sure, the defense looked good in recent wins, but they include beating Kerry Collins in his last game (the 59-0 joke in the snow when the Titans didn't show up), rookie Josh Freeman, first-year emergency starter Chad Henne and rookie Mark Sanchez. Meanwhile, the Pats have allowed 300-plus pass yards in their last three losses to Brees, Manning and even Kyle Orton.
Don Banks ranks them 6th (-2): There's no way to dress up the Patriots' performance at New Orleans Monday night. They got their hats handed to them by a Saints team that made Bill Belichick's guys look like the big-game novices. But all is not lost in New England. When you throw out the neutral site win over Tampa Bay in London, the Pats are 0-4 on the road this season, but all the losses have come against unbeaten teams: the 1-0 Jets, the 4-0 Broncos, the 8-0 Colts and the 10-0 Saints. And the schedule says New England still winds up with 11 or 12 wins, the AFC East title, and a first-round home playoff game.
Cold Hard Football Facts ranks them 6th (-2): Last week: 38-17 loss at New Orleans. For a guy first in the NFL in receiving yards (992) and second with 8 TD catches, Randy Moss is having an awfully quiet season. Oh, and his razor is extremely lonely.
CBS Sports ranks them 7th (-3): They got ambushed in New Orleans. That defense has not played well when facing good passing teams. Where's the pass rush?
AVERAGE RANK: 5.35 (-1.35)