NFL.com ranks them 1st
Don Banks ranks them 1st: The really bad news for the rest of the league is the Patriots have learned how to win on the road again. After going 2-6 away from home last season, New England is already 3-2 this year on the road, with impressive victories at Miami, San Diego and Pittsburgh. And with only trips left to Detroit, Chicago and Buffalo, a 6-2 road mark is not out of the question.
SB Nation ranks them 1st: The Patriots walked into Pittsburgh and dismantled the Steelers. That may be the most impressive performance of any team this season. They're your new No. 1.
NFL FanHouse ranks them 1st: Tom Brady put on a clinic at Pittsburgh on Sunday night. But more encouraging than that for the Patriots was that their line won the battles in the trenches almost all night against a physical Steelers team. Brady had time, Ben Roethlisberger did not, and that was one of the differences in the game.
WEEI ranks them 1st: Every NFL team has a bad game. It’s how they respond the following week that shows how good they really are. The Pats once again bounced back from a loss, learned from their mistakes, and put a W in the column. Under the leadership of Bill Belichick, the Patriots are now 23-2 following a loss since 2003. The win in Pittsburgh is by-far their most impressive this year. They played physical, mistake-free football and made a statement across the league.
National Football Post ranks them 1st: The two things that stand out from the Pats’ win at Pittsburgh: Bill Belichick’s defensive game plan and the 350-yards passing from Tom Brady.
ESPN ranks them 2nd: The Patriots went 3-1 against the AFC North, with just the one bad day against Eric Mangini.
Cold Hard Football Facts ranks them 2nd: Tom Brady is on pace to throw 30 touchdowns and seven interceptions this year, which would be his second season of 30+ TDs and single-digit intereceptions; it’s only been done four other times in history. He’s also had a 100+ rating in 22 of his last 42 starts. In other words, Tom Brady has a shot at the Hall of Fame if he can just improve on his 14-4 playoff record.
Peter King ranks them 3rd: Al Michaels said five minutes into the second quarter Sunday night: "The Pittsburgh Steelers ... 18 offensive plays, 18 yards.'' Tully Banta-Cain, Rob Ninkovich, Devin McCourty -- those are becoming prime-time players and we'd better get to know their names.
Pro Football Talk ranks them 3rd: The Pats should lose by 20 points more often.
CBS Sports ranks them 3rd: What they did at Pittsburgh was coaching mastery. The Steelers couldn't match what Bill Belichick had for them.
USA Today ranks them 3rd: Have lost back-to-back games twice in eight years.
Fox Sports ranks them 3rd: That was a quite a performance on the road at Pittsburgh. You can tell that they were embarrassed by the previous week's performance at Cleveland. New England is still a bit limited in certain areas, but this team has a tremendous upside based on their solid young talent. We'll get a better idea of how good they are this week against the Colts.
AVERAGE RANK: 1.9 (+3.7)