Official NFL Twitter Account Tweets Out Laughable Ranking of Top 10 Offenses for Next Season That Leaves Patriots Off the List
Let the Patriots hate begin once again. More fuel has been added to the fire in the ongoing feud between the NFL and New England Patriots fans after the official NFL Twitter account tweeted out a graphic listing the top-10 offensive units going into the 2019 season and the Patriots were left off the list.
The list was made by NFL.com writer Chris Wesseling in an article published on the NFL's official website last week. Wesseling noted in the article that he feels the Patriots are "knocking on the door" of being a top-10 offense. How generous!
The list includes a total of 7 teams who finished behind the Patriots in points per game in the 2018 season including the Browns (13th), the Packers (14th) and the Eagles (17th). The Patriots finished 4th in points per game last season and haven’t finished outside of the top-10 since 2003, when they finished 11th.
Patriots ranks in PPG since 2004:
2004 - 3rd
2005 - 10th
2006 - 5th
2007 - 1st
2008 - 7th
2009 - 6th
2010 - 1st
2011 - 3rd
2012 - 1st
2013 - 2nd
2014 - 1st
2015 - 3rd
2016 - 3rd
2017 - 2nd
2018 - 4th
While Wesseling may be right to be concerned about a Patriots offense that has lost three starters in Rob Gronkowski, Trent Brown and Chris Hogan, he ignores so many factors that would suggest the Patriots offense won't see a significant drop off. The loss of Rob Gronkowski is certainly quite noteworthy, but the once great tight end played a minor role in New England's offense last season with only one touchdown and his 2018 production shouldn't be hard to replace.
The Patriots also have spent three first round picks on offensive players over the last two drafts, two of which have yet to see the field. That includes first round pick Isaiah Wynn, who has the potential to seamlessly replace Trent Brown at left tackle and possesses ready made chemistry with former college teammate and fellow 2017 first round pick Sony Michel. That history between Michel and Wynn that's been built up over a number of years together playing championship-level football at Georgia should lead to some favorable holes to rush through for the Patriots star running back.
Additionally, this year’s first round pick, wide receiver N’Keal Harry, should be seen as a massive upgrade over Chris Hogan after Hogan massively underachieved in the 2018 campaign. All of that means a fresh set of elite young offensive weapons for 42-year old Tom Brady to utilize alongside Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman.
Claiming the Patriots have lost some key offensive players is one thing, but saying they're irreplaceable to the point where New England won't even be a top-10 offense next season is laughable.