ESPN’s NFL power rankings absolutely disrespect New England
Are ESPN joking about throwing the Patriots to the curb like this?
Despite our warnings, it turns out there are people who grossly underestimate the New England Patriots as the new season approaches. The staff turnover narrative is definitely something to watch out for, but we’d say it’s exaggerated.
After all, we are talk about the Patriots. You know, the team that always finds replacements and ends up in the playoffs every year after seemingly suffering too many losses in an offseason.
ESPN seems to have forgotten on New England’s proven track record of battling adversity, as it ranked them No.15, behind the Buffalo Bills in the AFC East, in its most recent power standings.
Is ESPN trying to push the bear? We sincerely hope that is the purpose of these rankings as they are blatantly disrespectful to the six-time champions. So many experts cling to the idea that this is the year the Patriots fall, and we couldn’t disagree more. Honestly, we wouldn’t be surprised if impressions of this power ranking were already hanging throughout Gillette Stadium.
Of course, the defense has lost a number of starters via free agency and strikeouts, but the group still sack a number of key contributors, including promising young players who were buried in the depth table in 2019.
And what about the offense? You could argue that the Patriots have improved at quarterback by sign Cam Newton to replace Tom Brady, who hasn’t done much to make the most of what he was working with last season. Newton’s mobility will be a welcome and potentially decisive addition.
There’s also the revamped offensive line to consider, as it will welcome back players like David Andrews and Isaiah Wynn, both of whom missed 24 combined games last season and will play the most important positions at center and left tackle.
Did ESPN just forget that the Patriots are arguably the greatest coach in NFL history? The legend that is Bill Belichick always finds a way dealing with unfortunate circumstances as if they weren’t even there to begin with.
We’re not asking for New England to be in the top five. It would be illusory. However, this team is just too consistent and too well trained not to make the top 10.
Note our words: The Patriots will serve ESPN a fresh dish of humble pie when all is said and done.