2012 NFL power rankings: New England Patriots fall in SB Nation poll despite victory

Timothy T. Ludwig-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

The New England Patriots dropped in SB Nation's power ranking poll after a Week 4 victory over the Buffalo Bills

Despite a dominating 52-28 victory over the Buffalo Bills, the New England Patriots find themselves moving backward in this week's power ranking at SB Nation.

Coming in at No. 7 last week following a controversial loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Patriots have slid two spots to No. 9 overall behind the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles. They are the third highest ranked AFC team on the list. SB Nation's Joel Thorman explained the move by stating that a blowout in Buffalo should be an expected outcome for the Patriots and cited the team's return to a .500 winning percentage.

For the complete power poll at SB Nation, click here.

However, power polls at both ESPN and NFL.com found the Patriots' demonstrative win to be a bit more impressive as both rankings boosted the team from their previous placements following Week 3. Both lists had New England at No. 6 overall, with ESPN moving the team up two spots and NFL.com moving them up one.

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