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2018 Week 6 Patriots Power Rankings: The New England Patriots crushed the Indianapolis Colts 38-24 in a game that shouldn’t have even been that close at the final whistle. That means the Patriots have performed at their expected level over the past two weeks.And that means that the Patriots are back to climbing up the charts.The Patriots have their biggest challenge of the year next Sunday as they host the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs , but both the offense and the defense seem to be playing their best football of the year- and there’s always hope when Tom Brady and company are playing at home.Oh, and I just wanted to highlight how Marima predicted that the Patriots would win by 14 points over the Colts. Well done.Around the AFC East:(3-2) New England Patriots vs (5-0) Kansas City Chiefs(3-2) Miami Dolphins vs (3-1) Chicago Bears(2-3) New York Jets vs (1-4) Indianapolis Colts(2-3) Buffalo Bills at (2-3) Houston TexansAFC Matchups:(2-2-1) Pittsburgh Steelers at (4-1) Cincinnati Bengals(3-2) Los Angeles Chargers at (2-2-1) Cleveland Browns(2-3) Seattle Seahawks at (1-4) Oakland Raiders(5-0) Los Angeles Rams at (2-3) Denver Broncos(3-2) Jacksonville Jaguars at (2-3) Dallas Cowboys(3-2) Baltimore Ravens at (3-2) Tennessee Titans************************************************3rd - Frank Schwab (Yahoo! Sports): We’re seeing why Sony Michel was a first-round pick. He has 210 rushing yards and two touchdowns the past two games. If Michel is going to give the Patriots balance on offense, they’ll be very tough to beat.3rd - MMQB Staff (SI): The Patriots seem to have returned to form since we dropped them to No. 11 a couple weeks ago. Now they get Kansas City at home on extra rest.3rd - Experts (ESPN): Rest-of-season SOS ranking: 29th. The Patriots’ toughest remaining game will be in Week 15 in Pittsburgh, where FPI gives them a 45 percent chance to beat the Steelers. Tom Brady is 11-2 in his career against the Steelers, including the playoffs. That is the best record by a starting quarterback against the Steelers in the Super Bowl era (minimum 10 starts).3rd - Joe Giglio ( Julian Edelman is back, and the Patriots’ weapons (Rob Gronkowski, Edelman, Josh Gordon, Sony Michel, James White) suddenly looks formidable again.4th - Nate Davis (USA Today): Last time they hosted K.C., New England’s banner-raising ‘17 opener, they were upset by Alex Smith and Co. What does Mahomes have in store?4th - Expert Consensus (Bleacher Report): So, about the New England Patriots being in trouble.As it turns out, the only folks in trouble may well be the rest of the AFC—again.For the second straight week Youth Devin McCourty Jersey , the Patriots handled an inferior opponent with relative ease. This week it was a beaten-up Colts team that got a thumping in a game that really wasn’t as close as the score.It was also a game in which New England showcased some new offensive weaponry. Josh Gordon made his first big catch as a Patriot, and rookie tailback Sony Michel piled up 110 total yards. Both had 34-yard touchdowns in the second half that blew this game open.A so-so New England defense will be tested in a big way against the Kansas City Chiefs next week, but for now, it appears the Patriots are back on track after their September stumble.Per Sobleski, we shouldn’t be surprised by any of it.”The Patriots are who we thought they were,” he said, “and we never let them off the hook. Two straight impressive victories over the Miami Dolphins and Indianapolis Colts placed the Pats where they belong atop the AFC East with a 3-2 record. Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman’s additions to the lineup are a legitimate boost to Tom Brady’s surrounding cast.”4th - Joshua Schrock (NESN): New England responded from its Week 3 flop against the Detroit Lions by pummeling the Miami Dolphins and handling the Indianapolis Colts in back-to-back weeks to set up a marquee matchup with the Chiefs. The return of Julian Edelman and emergence of Josh Gordon has made the Patriots’ offense much more dangerous than it was during the first three weeks of the season.4th - Vinnie Iyer (Sporting News): They’re back on track above .500, even with a slew of more defensive issues. Look for their true explosive and balanced offense to be unleashed against the Chiefs.4th - Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk): The Patriots are Back is back.4th - Staff (AP Pro32).6th - Rebecca Toback (SB Nation): The Patriots are also on the rise after a win over the lowly Colts. It seemed like half of the Indianapolis roster was injured, so it’s hard to read too much into the game. Tom Brady had a 341-yard, three-touchdown, and two-interception performance to help the Patriots to a 38-24 victory.6th - Mark Maske (Washington Post): Remember when the Patriots were facing an early-season crisis? That’s so two weeks ago. They look like themselves again, but their next two games are extremely interesting, starting with a home game against the Chiefs followed by a visit to Chicago.7th - Bryan Fischer (Athlon Sports): It wasn’t long ago that there was concern across the league about this team. Sun rise, sun set and the Patriots are back on top of the division. Things won’t get any easier going forward but the adjustments are being made and the offense looks significantly more dangerous with the receiver corps at full strength.7th - Pete Prisco (CBS Sports): They have righted things the past two weeks White Cordarrelle Patterson Jersey , but now comes a real proving game against the Chiefs.AVERAGE RANK: 4.4 (+2.3)*******************************************************************SB NATION SAMPLING:4th - Brandon Lee Gowton (BleedingGreenNation): Surprise, surprise. The Pats are back on top of the AFC East after an early season hiccup.4th - David Fucillo (NinersNation): The New England Patriots are always in the mix.The Patriots sound pretty optimistic about Josh Gordon’s progress The Patriots are 1-2, Tom Brady is only averaging 215 yards a game, and Dunkin’ Donuts isn’t even going to be Dunkin’ Donuts anymore. Your move, Dippin’ Donuts. Life is weird.That said, with pretty much everyone looking forward to Julian Edelman’s return as a Red Bull on a Sunday morning after staying out till sunrise, if what the Patriots are saying about Josh Gordon’s progress is legit, they might be getting a shot in the arm even sooner than that.Of course, Belichick had to remind everyone that after two thorough ass-kickings in a row, everybody needs to get their...stuff together, but it sounds like Bill, Josh, and Brady are liking what they’re seeing from Gordon so far.From NESN:And here’s Josh McDaniels talking about Josh hitting the ground running and trying to pick up as much as he can, since Gordon’s obviously more or less doing the classic college kid thing where we crammed for 10 straight hours before a final instead of just paying attention all semester:We’ve mentioned it before Youth Julian Edelman Jersey , but it is worth noting that Gordon had five different offensive coordinators and I’m too lazy to count how many different quarterbacks in his time in the Factory of Sadness, so it’s not like this is Reggie Wayne trying to learn the Pats offense after doing the basically the same thing for a decade with Peyton.Meanwhile, Brady sounds, dare we say, cautiously optimistic?With a couple possible shootouts coming up fast against Patrick Mahomes and A-A-Ron Rodgers, not to mention a Miami Dolphins team this week that’s somehow 3-0 despite one of the strangest offseasons ever, we’d better hope Gordon can chip in with something, cause the sledding definitely doesn’t get any easier from here on out.Or, if you want to roll with our Sunday morning after painting the town analogy again, we’re at the point now with this offense like when someone asks on the group text:“Want to go get some food?”“Oh my god yes”“Where?”“I DON’T CARE LITERALLY ANYWHERE IS FINE JUST PUT FOOD IN MY BELLY NOW PLZ”