The Patriots (10-3) easily defeated the Houston Texans, 42-14, on Monday night and jumped two spots in the rankings, which had them No. 3 and the Texans No. 1 last week.
Here's what Thorman had to say about New England, which is currently on a seven-game winning streak.
1. New England Patriots (LW: 3, 10-3): Your new No. 1. The Patriots have now won seven straight. They're scoring 36 (!!) points per game, they're in the top 10 rushing and passing the ball, and they just beat our previous No. 1 team by four touchdowns. If you're into testing teams to see how good they really are, the Patriots play another elite defense in San Francisco next week.
Overall, the Texans fell to No. 2 in the rankings, while the Denver Broncos (10-3), Atlanta Faclons (11-2) and San Francisco 49ers (9-3-1) rounded out the top 5. The Patriots host the 49ers this Sunday (4:25 p.m. on CBS).