10. New England Patriots
Are the 2-2 New England Patriots a bad team? Perhaps not yet, as they have lost a close game to the Seattle Seahawks, and against the Chiefs without starting QB Cam Newton. The Patriots are not about to fade away quietly, and may very well change the playoff structure in both the AFC and NFC this year.
The Patriots have lost two games so far this year. One to the Kansas City Chiefs without quarterback Cam Newton, and one on the road to the Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots prove that it is often the quality of a coaching staff that determines a team’s success. They are getting everyone involved in the running and passing game. Cam Newton has thrown for just two touchdowns with two interceptions. But they have rushed for seven touchdowns.
The Patriots are still working the bugs out of this offense. With the exception of facing the Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens, and the LA Rams, they match up very well with their remaining opponents. Since they will face the 49ers and the Cards, they will have a say in the fortunes of the NFC West division. Unlike the Buccaneers, nobody gave the Patriots much of a chance this year.
Already at 2-2, many who predicted a plummet for the Patriots are already backtracking. This team may end up in the 2020 NFL Playoffs. But with so many players opting out this year, they will remain a dominant team in the AFC for years to come.