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Nick Wright's latest NFL Power Rankings will make Patriots fans laugh

Nick Wright's latest NFL Power Rankings will make Patriots fans laugh

Remember when all the morning shows were firing hot takes about the New England Patriots after their Week 9 loss to the Baltimore Ravens?

We even highlighted several of them.

Well, the hot takes are still coming, and the latest is from Nick Wright, one of the co-hosts of FOX Sports 1 show "First Things First."

Wright unveiled his latest NFL Power Rankings on Wednesday, and Patriots fans shouldn't be too surprised where he slotted the defending Super Bowl champion. 

The Patriots at No. 6 is suspect, to say the least. 

The New Orleans Saints are ranked No. 2 after losing by 17 points to a 1-7 Atlanta Falcons team on Sunday. Saints quarterback Drew Brees' stats in four games played this season are average at best. The Green Bay Packers are No. 1 despite losing to the underachieving Los Angeles Chargers. The Packers also barely beat the Kansas City Chiefs without star Patrick Mahomes.

The San Francisco 49ers are another team ahead of the Patriots even though they have only one win against a team currently in a playoff spot -- the Pittsburgh Steelers, who New England also defeated. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has outperformed 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, and New England's defense has performed just as well or better than San Francisco's impressive unit. 

The Patriots' lone loss came to the Ravens, who just might be the hottest team in football right now. New England's defense ranks No. 1 in points allowed per game, yards allowed per game and turnovers. 

Sure, the Patriots have played a soft schedule, but it's not like they barely escaped with victories against these opponents. Seven of their eight wins were by double-digits, including five wins of 20-plus points. 

The Patriots' schedule is about to get much tougher, starting with Sunday's Week 11 matchup versus the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. We'll learn a lot about the defending champs over the next four weeks, but to say they're the sixth-best team in the league at this very moment, whether you're looking at the stats or game film (or both), is just laughable.

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Patriots sign trick-shot kicker to the practice squad

Patriots sign trick-shot kicker to the practice squad

FOXBORO — Might as well, right? 

The Patriots have had to trot out four different place kickers in 2019. Three of them have come aboard since Stephen Gostkowski went on season-ending injured reserve. They had another, Younghoe Koo, on the practice squad for a time. 

They're trying everything there. And while Nick Folk has been solid — as solid as a third option could be — the Patriots aren't going to prevent themselves from seeking out ways to improve that spot. 

Even if that means bringing in a YouTube star. 

According to ESPN, the team has signed trick-shot kicker Josh Gable to its practice squad. Gable was out at practice on Wednesday afternoon. 

The Patriots worked out Gable earlier this year but the job went to Mike Nugent. Then Nugent was released in favor of Folk. When Folk had to get his appendix out, Kai Forbath came aboard. 

Now Gable will have a chance to impress on an NFL roster. At least for a time. He did not play college football, and played pro soccer in Europe for a time. He played in the Indoor Football League for the Nebraska Danger and Tucson Sugar Skulls. 

Gable's videos show some clear athleticism and a strong leg, but he'll be tested in the elements in New England (it snowed in the Foxboro area early Wednesday morning). He'll have his hands full carving out a role.

But at this point, for the Patriots, why not? 

The Patriots had multiple practice-squad spots open after two of their p-squad players, defensive back Nate Brooks and offensive linemen Tyler Gauthier, were signed to the active rosters of the Dolphins and Jaguars, respectively. There was a new (at this point unannounced) practice-squad defensive back at Wednesday's practice as well.

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NFL exec gives brief update on status of Patriots-Bengals investigation

NFL exec gives brief update on status of Patriots-Bengals investigation

A resolution to the NFL's investigation into the New England Patriots videotaping the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline in Cleveland last weekend is not likely to be announced Wednesday.

NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent provided a brief statement on the status of the investigation Wednesday afternoon.

The Athletic reported Tuesday the Patriots' tape has about eight minutes of footage focused on the Bengals' sideline.

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reiterated during his Wednesday press conference that he and the football staff had absolutely nothing to do with the video crew that was present at the Bengals-Browns game in Cleveland.

The Patriots said Monday in a statement that the video crew was at FirstEnergy Stadium to get footage for an upcoming episode of the team's "Do Your Job" series that runs on Patriots.com. The team noted in the statement that its failure to inform the Bengals and the league of the taping was an "unintended oversight". The Patriots also admitted the video crew "inappropriately filmed the field from the press box."

The defending Super Bowl champs play the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Week 15 matchup is the Patriots' final road game of the regular season.

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