Week 16 NFL Power Rankings: New England Patriots Improve To No. 4

DENVER, CO - DECEMBER 18: Quarterback Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots calls out a play against the Denver Broncos in the third quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on December 18, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. The New England Patriots won, 41-23. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

The Patriots have won six straight games and continue to climb the NFL Power Rankings.

After defeating the Denver Broncos on Sunday for their sixth straight victory, the New England Patriots improved one spot to No. 4 in SB Nation's Week 16 NFL Power Rankings

The Pats have now won six straight and they finish off the season against the Dolphins and Bills, which means they should enter the postseason on an eight-game winning streak. As usual, they're getting hot at the right time. 

New England's 41-23 win against Denver clinched the AFC East division title, the ninth time New England has earned the divisional crown in the 11 seasons since Tom Brady became the team's starting quarterback. The Patriots have not lost since Week 9, a 24-20 defeat against the New York Giants on Nov. 6.

New England returns to the field on Saturday afternoon at home against the Miami Dolphins.

For more New England Patriots coverage, visit our team page or our blog, Pats Pulpit

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