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Did 2014 Patriots come in too low on NFL's 100 Greatest Teams ranking?

Did 2014 Patriots come in too low on NFL's 100 Greatest Teams ranking?

The NFL is celebrating its 100th anniversary during the 2019 season, and that includes a ranking of the 100 greatest teams in league history.

Teams ranked No. 100 through No. 31 have already been revealed, and one of the latest Patriots entries was the 2014 squad at No. 46.

Here's the official "NFL Top 100" video for the 2014 Patriots.

The 2014 Patriots were absolutely loaded, particularly on defense where elite cornerback Darrelle Revis was signed before the season to a one-year free agent contract. The season actually didn't start too well, highlighted by the infamous 41-14 road loss on "Monday Night Football" to the Kansas City Chiefs, a defeat that prompted the legendary "We're on to Cincinnati" press conference from head coach Bill Belichick.

The Patriots went on to win seven consecutive games, including nine victories in their next 11 matchups, to earn the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs with a 12-4 record. New England overcame two 14-point deficits to beat the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round, then rolled over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship Game. The Patriots met the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX and became the first team to overcome a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and win a Super Bowl. Cornerback Malcolm Butler intercepted Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson at the 1-yard line with less than a minute to play to secure the Pats' fourth Super Bowl title in team history. Butler's clutch interception was ranked as the fifth-best play in league history earlier this year.

From a pure talent standpoint, this squad might be one of the top two or three Patriots teams in history. Putting the 2014 Pats at No. 46 seems pretty low for that reason alone.

Teams ranked No. 21 through No. 30 will be revealed Friday night on NFL Network. Three notable Patriots teams -- 2004, 2007 and 2016 -- have not been listed yet.

Here's a recap of the Patriots teams listed:

No. 79: 2018 Patriots
No. 51: 2001 Patriots
No. 46: 2014 Patriots
No. 32: 2003 Patriots

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Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 inactives: Jason McCourty returns to face Patrick Mahomes

Patriots vs. Chiefs Week 14 inactives: Jason McCourty returns to face Patrick Mahomes

An important member of the New England Patriots defense will return Sunday after missing the last two games.

Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty is back to face the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium. McCourty's return from a groin injury comes at the perfect time for New England as it prepares to face arguably the best quarterback in the league in Patrick Mahomes, who on the AP NFL MVP award last season.

There aren't any surpise inactives for the Patriots entering Week 14. Veteran wide receivers Julian Edelman and Mohamed Sanu will both play despite being on the injury report as limited participants in practice all week.

The Chiefs will be without running backs Damien Williams (inactive) and Darrel Williams (injured reserve). Kansas City likely will use running back Darwin Thompson quite a bit against the Patriots run defense. Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark will play despite being questionable after missing two practices this week.

The outcome of this game will have a huge impact on the AFC playoff picture. The Patriots are trying to keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens in the race for the conference's No. 1 seed, while the Chiefs are aiming to strengthen their hold on first place in the AFC West and also improve their chances of earning a top two seed.

Here are the inactives for both teams.

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (10-2)

Cody Kessler, QB
Damien Harris, RB
Ryan Izzo, TE
Ted Karras, C
Korey Cunningham, OL
Byron Cowart, DL
JoeJuan Williams, CB

KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (8-4)

Chad Henne, QB
Damien Williams, RB
Jackson Barton, OL
Nick Allegretti, OL
Deon Yelder, TE
Morris Claiborne, CB
Rashad Fenton, CB

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NFL trade rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. has told coaches 'come get me'

NFL trade rumors: Odell Beckham Jr. has told coaches 'come get me'

Get ready for another wild NFL offseason of trade rumors surrounding elite wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

The Cleveland Browns star has been telling opposing coaches and players to “come get me,” per FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer. Watch Glazer’s report from Sunday’s pregame show in the tweet below:

The Patriots reportedly were interested in trading for Beckham before the New York Giants dealt him to Cleveland in March.

New England has battled through a lack of both depth and top-tier talent at wide receiver this season. The Patriots also have lacked a deep threat at the position in 2019. Therefore, making another run at Beckham would be a smart move for the Patriots. Beckham has been very complimentary of the Patriots over the last few years, and he even gave quarterback Tom Brady GOAT cleats after New England’s Week 8 win over Cleveland.

The Browns have performed well below expectations this season. Instead of fighting for a playoff spot or even winning the AFC North division, Cleveland enters Week 14 with a disappointing 5-7 record and likely another cold winter without postseason football.

Beckham’s stats haven’t been great in his first season with the Browns, but a lot of that is on the coaching staff and quarterback Baker Mayfield. Beckham has not been featured enough in the passing attack. The 27-year-old wide receiver has tallied 57 receptions for 805 yards and two touchdowns through 12 games.

Beckham is signed through the 2023 season with a salary cap hit of about $15 million.

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