NFL Power Rankings Week 16: Focus on the New England Patriots

Rob BeloteSenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2010

FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 19:  The mascot for the New England Patriots leads the team onto the feild before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won the game 31-27.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Doing power rankings is tough, but because of the limited number of games on the NFL schedule, it's one of the only ways to get an idea of which teams are better besides just looking at their records.

At my site——I do a weekly power ranking of all 32 NFL teams. It's a hugely subjective process in which I account for a team's strength of schedule, margin of victory, good wins and bad losses.

For the past five weeks, the New England Patriots have held the top spot in my rankings, but I was disappointed in what I saw from them in Week 15. The Green Bay Packers are a really good team, but without Aaron Rodgers, no one expected them to beat the Patriots, especially not in New England.

Granted, the Patriots won the game by four, but it should've been by a much bigger, margin and Tom Brady should've out-passed Matt Flynn (instead of Flynn throwing for almost 100 more yards than Gisele's husband).

If I were a Patriots fan, I wouldn't be feeling as good about my team as I did following Week 14.

In order to keep the top spot, New England clearly had to out-muscle Atlanta's résumé. So, what did the Falcons do in Week 15? They only traveled across the United States to the far corner of the country and got a lopsided victory over the Seahawks. All in all, that sounds a lot better than just barely squeaking out a victory at home against a team without its star QB.

So how did the résumés stack up at the top of the GuysNation Power Rankings?

For the complete rankings and analysis, check out the article on my website,! Unlike Power Rankings you see elsewhere, your comments could help persuade me to rank your team better after Week 16!

You also will probably enjoy voicing your opinion through voting in nearly a dozen polls set up to help get people's feedback on the Power Rankings!

You also might like the dueling NFL Week 15 picks article on, a new(ish) feature where the games on a given week's NFL schedule are debated between myself and another author on my site (who just happens to be a LIFELONG PHILADELPHIA EAGLES FAN, so you KNOW he's got a high opinion of his opinion!).

The Week 16 picks article is coming soon, but you could probably have some fun at the expense of some NFC East fans by making fun of how they fared last week, with hindsight being 20-20. There's also plenty more to enjoy on, so give it a look!