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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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Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

Report: Pats' punishments for videotaping could include fines, draft picks

While the investigation into the New England Patriots' illicit videotaping of the Cincinnati Bengals' sideline last weekend is ongoing, The Washington Post's Mark Maske is reporting that the punishment could be aligned in severity with similiar game-day violations committed by other NFL teams in recent years.

That means fines in the range of six figures and/or a reduced round value on a draft pick — or worse still, the loss of one altogether:

"The NFL is likely to penalize the New England Patriots for their admitted violation of league video policy last weekend and is contemplating disciplinary measures in line with those imposed on teams in recent seasons for infractions of game-day rules, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

That could mean a fine in the hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially the loss or reduction in value of a draft choice, typically a lower-level pick."

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Looking for something similar to what the Patriots were levied for Spygate? Maske points out that punishment was clearly an exception, not a guardrail:

The Patriots have admitted wrongdoing in last Sunday's incident in Cleveland, in which a credentialed Patriots video crew member was caught filming the Bengals' sideline during their game against the Browns. New England has said the camera crew was there to feature a scout as part of their "Do Your Job" video series.

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Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Report: Julian Edelman, Ted Karras make trip with Patriots, Cowart out for Bengals game

Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman and center Ted Karras, who were each listed as questionable with injuries, made the trip to Cincinnati with the team Saturday but backup defensive tackle Byron Cowart was downgraded to out with a concussion, according to ESPN's Mike Reiss.

Edelman, the team's leading receiver, has been battling shoulder and ankle injuries. Karras, the starting center, missed the loss to the Kansas City Chiefs last Sunday with a knee injury. Both were limited in practice this week. 

The Patriots (10-3), coming off back-to-back losses to the Houston Texans and Chiefs, play the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m.