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ESPN ranks them 1st: Even resting starters, the Patriots dominated the Dolphins.
Don Banks ranks them 1st: The good news for the Patriots is that they've had either a No. 1 or No. 2 seed and a first-round bye on five occasions since the playoffs expanded in 1990, and they've launched a Super Bowl run from that position each time. But if there's a cause for concern, it's that this isn't the battle-tested New England team of yore when it comes to playoff experience. I count only six active-roster players who were with the Patriots when they last won a Super Bowl after the 2004 season, and two of those are players who left and came back in recent years (Deion Branch and Tully Banta-Cain). Then again, they do still have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. So nevermind.
WEEI ranks them 1st: The road to Dallas will go through Foxboro. You have to like the Patriots’ chances of reaching the Super Bowl if they can continue to win the turnover battle. Their 10 turnovers this year is the fewest in NFL history.
Pro Football Weekly ranks them 1st: Fourteen wins was magic number in both 2003 and '04.
Cold Hard Football Facts ranks them 1st: If you take the first eight games of the 2007 season and surgically attach it to the final eight games of the 2010 season, you have a 16-0 record, 605 points for, 252 points against, average margin of victory 22.1 PPG. Bonus fact: The Patriots were the only team this season to win their last five games.
The Sporting News ranks them 1st: Mayo and the defense used to be considered a weakness, but that group has allowed just 47 points the past five games.
Pro Football Talk ranks them 1st: It’s 2007 all over again, but without the pressure of being undefeated.
Fox Sports ranks them 1st: Tom Brady and the Patriots closed the season with eight wins in a row, so they appear to be peaking at the right time. But the Steelers might present the biggest matchup problems for New England.
Peter King ranks them 1st: Sure, we all saw 14-2 coming.
USA Today ranks them 1st: Tom Brady looking to add fourth ring to trophy case.
CBS Sports ranks them 1st: They've had an amazing season for a young team. So much for all that talk about how they might be the team to fade in the AFC East.