This one's from Pat Kirwan; he has the Pats second. Defending Super Bowl Champions Top Ranking Of All 32 Teams Though he does have this disclaimer: A team ranked in the bottom quarter of this list is sure to make the playoffs; conversely, a team perched up in the top quarter is sure to fall. Talk about hedging your bets. Regarding the Pats, he says "If the Patriots had secured a veteran outside linebacker, they would have been considered for the top spot." He doesn't have much love for the rest of the AFC East though.