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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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Roger Goodell gives update on Patriots investigation, Antonio Brown and more

Roger Goodell gives update on Patriots investigation, Antonio Brown and more

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell met with reporters Wednesday at the league meeting in Dallas and provided updates on several different topics, including the ongoing investigation into the New England Patriots.

Here are the answers to some of the questions Goodell was asked.

On the Patriots-Bengals investigation...
The New England Patriots are being investigated by the NFL after a video crew taped the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline at last Sunday's Week 14 game in Cleveland. The Patriots said in a statement that the video crew was set there to shoot footage for an upcoming episode of their "Do Your Job" web series. 

There is no set timetable for when the investigation will be concluded, according to Goodell.

"I've actually been down here almost the entire time," Goodell said. "I only had an opportunity to spend some time with a couple of our staff. Obviously, it's under review. We're going to be thorough. We'll take our time and make sure we look at everything that's pertinent here, and then we'll make a decision."

Will the Patriots' history of illegal videotaping (a.k.a. Spygate) play a factor in this current investigation?

“Of course. That's a factor,” Goodell said. “But I think the key things are the new information that we have — that (old) information, we obviously already had. I think the issue is what information do we have from this incident.”

Does Goodell anticipate a conclusion to the investigation by the end of the season?

"I don't have any anticipation," he said. "We're going to be thorough. We're going to get all the facts. We'll go from there."

On the Antonio Brown investigation...
The investigation into the allegations made against former Patriots wide receiver Antonio Brown has not concluded. Goodell noted investigators still have more work to do before giving the league an update.

“They still have not completed the investigation,” Goodell said. “The investigators did; I did not meet with Antonio. They have more work to do. They are following up on that. I will get an update when they have more information.”

Brown was released by the Patriots on Sept. 20 after a brief 11-day tenure in New England.

On the possibility of reseeding in the playoffs...
It's looking increasingly likely that the winner of the NFC East -- the Dallas Cowboys or Philadelphia Eagles -- will finish with a losing record, but based on the current playoff format, that division winner probably will host a team with 10-plus wins (likely the NFC West runner-up) in the Wild Card round. Should the league reseed in the playoffs to not give teams with losing records a home playoff game just because they won their division? Goodell admitted it's not something being discussed right now.

"This is not the first time this conversation has occurred, or the situation has occurred," Goodell said. "Teams go into the season and the first objective is to win the division. That's what they work on -- we win the division and we get in the playoffs. That is something that we've considered over the years. I have not heard that this year. I don't anticipate hearing it again. It's been discussed in the past, but I don't see that as an issue. If it comes up, we'll certainly have the conversation. I don't anticipate it."

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Patriots add kicker, two other new players to practice squad

Patriots add kicker, two other new players to practice squad

The NFL's roster merry-go-round never stops, and the Patriots kept busy on the transaction wire Wednesday by signing three players to their practice squad: DE Eric Lee, DB Adarius Pickett, and K Josh Gable.

Gable's addition is the most out-of-the-box, as Phil Perry explained earlier Wednesday afternoon.

The 28-year-old never played college football, but made a name for himself with compilations of trick shot videos on YouTube. Gable most recently played for the Tucson Sugar Skulls of the Indoor Football League, where he went 6-for-16 on field goals and 50-for-57 on extra points.

The Patriots had brought him in for a workout earlier this season, but ultimately signed Mike Nugent, who only lasted four games.

As for Lee, this marks his second stint in Foxboro. New England signed the 25-year-old late in the 2017 season, and he racked up 2.5 sacks, four quarterback hits, and an interception in his first two games.

He played in Super Bowl LII against the Eagles, but didn't survive roster cuts for the 2018 season. He bounced on and off the Lions active roster and practice squad over the last two seasons.

Pickett, the final practice squad addition, is an undrafted rookie out of UCLA who spent some time with the Bears and Chargers earlier this year.

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