The New England Patriots are 5-1 with a scorching-hot Tom Brady back under center. The 17th-year quarterback has completed 57 of 75 passes (76 percent) for 782 yards and 6 touchdowns in two blowout victories, the latest a 35-17 drubbing of the Cincinnati Bengals. With the Denver Broncos slumping on a two-game losing streak and the Pittsburgh Steelers suffering a knockout loss to the Miami Dolphins as well as a Ben Roethlisberger knee injury, New England comfortably remains the lone one-loss team in the AFC. Many media outlets have the Patriots trailing just the undefeated Minnesota Vikings.
“Tom Brady says his team is “at a decent place.” I’d say so. Outside of the fact the Patriots own the best record in the AFC, this two-tight end deal is rollin’. Last week, it was Martellus Bennett pulling off the hat trick in the end zone, missing on the Gronk spike. This past Sunday, the real Gronk was a one-man wrecking crew, with 162 yards and a touchdown in the win over Cincinnati. That’s a career high in receiving yards for arguably the greatest tight end of all time.” -Elliot Harrison
CBS Sports: 2nd
“With Tom Brady back, they look to be Super good again. Now comes a tough road game at Pittsburgh.” –Pete Prisco
USA Today: 1st
“Clearly no one has been happier to see Tom Brady back than Rob Gronkowski, whose 271 receiving yards over last two weeks are a personal best.”
“Yes the Pats appear to be rolling once again and the return of Brady has certainly kick-started the offense. But the Buffalo Bills have now won four straight games and are nipping on the heels of the defending AFC East champions. We will learn a lot about the AFC East and the conference the next two weeks as this team travels to Pittsburgh and then Buffalo.”
Bleacher Report: 1st
“We know about Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. This week, it was James White’s turn to toy with opposing linebackers. It feels like Brady always has a pass-catching option out of his backfield.” -Chris Simms
Fox Sports: 2nd
“Tom Brady hasn’t missed a beat since serving his suspension, and he has the Patriots playing as well as any team in the NFL. Their dominant win over the suddenly lackluster Bengals made a statement that they’re going to be tough to beat in the AFC.” –Cameron DaSilva
ESPN.com and Yahoo Sports’ Week 7 power rankings were not yet available at the time this article was published.