Writing off the Patriots as a Super Bowl contender is a time-honored tradition. Every year, it seems that reasons are found that the Patriots can't challenge to win another Super Bowl and every year, they find themselves right in the thick of things.
This year felt a little different for one reason or another. The Patriots were being talked about as possible AFC favorites. It's still early of course, but they have lived up to every bit of the hype.
Just two weeks into the season, the Patriots have established themselves as the best team in the NFL and there should be very little argument on that.
They started their season with a win over division rival Miami on Monday Night Football. It was in that game that Tom Brady started his campaign to be the back-to-back MVP winner, as he threw for over 500 yards.
In Week 2, they were even more impressive. The Patriots took what most expected to be the most competitive game on the schedule and made it decidedly non-competitive. They beat the Chargers 35-21 and it wasn't really even that close.
Brady again did all he could to prove that he is the best player in the game. He threw for another 423 yards in this win.
This all leads up to an intriguing matchup in Week 3 of the season between the Patriots and the upstart Buffalo Bills, who have been the biggest surprise of the season so far.
Like they have been so often in the past, the Patriots are the best team in the league. The biggest difference this year is that the players on the team aren't the only ones that believe it.
Joseph Healy's NFL Power Rankings Ahead of Week 3
10. New York Jets
11. Detroit Lions
13. Dallas Cowboys
14. Buffalo Bills
15. Chicago Bears
16. St. Louis Rams
17. New York Giants
18. Tennessee Titans
23. Cleveland Browns
24. Oakland Raiders
28. Miami Dolphins
29. Denver Broncos
31. Seattle Seahawks