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NFL Power Rankings: Pats top 5 after Thanksgiving romp

After winning five straight games, the New England Patriots arrive as a top-5 squad in most power rankings, thanks in large part to an offense that's scoring a league-high 37 points a game.

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The New England Patriots' tremendous offensive performances of late have them in the top 5 of most NFL power rankings.

Tom Brady and the Pats are not just the only team in the league averaging more than 30 points a game, they're averaging 37.0 points. They lead the NFL in yards, and have hit 37 points in each of their last four games, and nearly hit 50 for the second time in as many weeks in their 49-19 Thanksgiving Day beatdown of the New York Jets. But it's not just the offense that's putting up points: they've scored touchdowns in all three phases of the game in two straight outings. Regardless of who's scoring points, New England has reeled off five straight and are once again looking like a team that could go to the Super Bowl.

Joel Thorman put the Pats No. 5 in his SB Nation Week 13 NFL Power Rankings, citing their tremendous scoring capability:

5. New England Patriots (LW: 5, 8-3): Almost seems a little too quiet around New England. They've averaging 37 points per game, which is comically high ... They're the best offense and it's not even close. The Texans and 49ers should be their only possible slip-ups down the road.

Most agree with Thorman: ESPN and FOX also ranked the Pats at No. 5, while Pete Prisco at CBS one-upped them by putting New England at No. 4.