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Stacking up the Patriots ... again

Posted by Albert Breer  June 22, 2010 02:11 PM

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Figured it'd had been a while since we passed along a power ranking here, and because this one's from my respected ex-colleague, Dallas Morning News NFL columnist Rick "Goose" Gosselin, we're going to go ahead and link you up.

Goose has the Patriots coming in 11th (he ranked them 10th after last season) and 6th in the AFC, meaning he sees New England as the final playoff qualifier on that side of the postseason bracket. Here's his Top 15, topped by Indy ...

1. Colts
2. Cowboys
3. Ravens
4. Packers
5. Chargers

6. Vikings
7. Falcons
8. Saints
9. Texans
10. Jets

11. Patriots
12. Bengals
13. Giants
14. Titans
15. Dolphins

And here's Goose's take on where New England stands going into 2010: "Tom Brady is still taking the snaps, but the Patriots have become vulnerable. They have slipped from 16 victories in 2007 to 11 in 2008 to 10 in 2009. Age has caught up with the Patriots, and perennial Pro Bowlers Richard Seymour, Tedy Bruschi, Mike Vrabel and Asante Samuel have moved on."

What's interesting to me, looking at this list, and then considering my own (early and subject-to-change) predictions and so many others, is how wide open the AFC East seems to be. Maybe no one's taking Buffalo that seriously (The Bills are 21st on Goose's list), but it seems like the other three teams to could finish in any order, and no one would be surprised.
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