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Week 3 Power Rankings - updated

What If Sports ranks them 3rd (-2).

National Football Post ranks them 6th (-3)The Pats have corrections to make, but one loss won’t stop this football team.

Fox Sports ranks them 6th (-4):  NO WORRIES: Tom Brady is healthy and taking hits. Give the guy a few games to get his groove back. TIME TO WORRY: The Pats have some big-time work to do. They would be staring at 0-2 if not for Leodis McKelvin in Week 1. THIS WEEK: vs. Falcons (2-0).

The Sporting News ranks them 7th (-3):  Lack of a consistent running game is making life more difficult for Tom Brady.

ProFootball Weekly ranks them 7th (-5):  Brady looked flustered vs. Jets’ "organized chaos."

Peter King at SI ranks them 8th (-7):  The worrisome thing (well, there are so many, but the biggest one) is the inability to pressure the passer, except for the two-sack final drive a week ago against Buffalo.  Bill Belichick must trust his back end more than his front, but with Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco coming to Foxboro in the next two weeks, the Patriots just have to find a pass rush.

CBS Sports ranks them 8th (-7):  Where has the offense gone? What has happened to the big play? This isn't what we've come to expect with the Patriots. Tom Brady looks jumpy.

Don Banks at SI ranks them 9th (-8) I'm trying to imagine what would happen if Patriots owner Robert Kraft asked head coach Bill Belichick to record one of those fire-up-the-fans voice-mail messages for New England's season ticket holders, like the one the Jets' Rex Ryan did for New York before the Patriots game? While he's at it, Kraft might as well ask Belichick to release a detailed New England injury report.

USA Today ranks them 9th (-7) Has there ever been less confidence in the Tom Brady-led Patriots?

Vic Carucci at NFL.com ranks them 9th (-8)Sure, the Jets did an excellent job of disrupting Brady with their frequent and creative blitzing. But there's no question that Brady continues to be bothered by the aftereffects of the major surgery he underwent on his left knee last year. He often is tentative with his movement and when he sets his feet. He doesn't consistently step into his throws with the authority he once showed.

Yahoo! Sports ranks them 9th (-2):  What’s more imbalanced: a bar full of Pats fans after a hard-fought loss to the Jets or Belichick’s offense?

WEEI ranks them 10th (-7):  Brady doesn’t look comfortable in the pocket, and teams are going after No. 12 hard. It’s inevitable that future opponents will copy the Jets’ strategy and continue to pressure Brady and the offensive line. Let’s see how the the Pats respond Sunday when they face another tough test in the Falcons. Look for the Patriots to run the ball more and take advantage of their solid running backs, as I think Belichick realizes Brady has thrown the ball far too much over the past two games. The Patriots sit at No. 10 at this point, but by midseason Brady should be back in his groove and the defense will improve.

ESPN ranks them 10th (-8):  Bill Belichick must go back to the drawing board for a November rematch against the Jets.

 

AVERAGE RANK:  7.77  (oooooohhh, lucky)  (-5.46)

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