NFL Power Rankings roundup: How experts view Pats ahead of Week 2 originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston
Led by Cam Newton in his Pats debut, New England cruised to a 21-11 win. The 31-year-old quarterback wasted no time making an impact with his legs, rushing for 75 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw for another 155 yards on 19 attempts.
The Patriots shined defensively as well, despite losing a bunch of key defensive starters to opt-outs and free agency. Stephon Gilmore, Adrian Phillips, and J.C. Jackson each notched interceptions in the victory.
But should fans in New England really be riding the hype train already, or was that success simply the result of an easy matchup?
Here's a roundup of expert NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 2 of the 2020 season.
ProFootballTalk: No. 3
Pro Football Focus: No. 5
Bryan Fischer, Athlon Sports: No. 7
ESPN: No. 9
John McClain, Houston Chronicle: No. 10
Nate Davis, USA TODAY: No. 10
Bleacher Report: No. 10
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: No. 11
Dan Hanzus, NFL.com: No. 12
The Patriots will face a tougher test Sunday at 8:20 p.m. when they visit the Seattle Seahawks. You can catch the game on NBC.