NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the New England Patriots by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (7)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 6) - Could have done without that 59th point.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 1) - Losing Rob Gronkowski is tough, but Tom Brady will adjust.
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 2) - Losing Gronkowski won't derail this high-scoring offense.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 7) - Blowout win over the Colts is great, but losing Rob Gronkowski to a broken forearm takes away Tom Brady's biggest offensive weapon. Pats won't be the same without him.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 6) - The Patriots have forced 27 turnovers and committed just seven themselves. That's a plus-20 and that leads the league.
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 7) - They score points like McDonald's makes hamburgers. Still, that secondary makes me nervous.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 7) - They'll miss Rob Gronkowski, but Aaron Hernandez isn't a bad substitute.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 5) - It is going to be very tough to beat the Patriots at home, where they put 59 points on the Colts. Aqib Talib will help a questionable secondary.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 6) - Tom Brady and Co. unleashed 59 points on Andrew Luck and the surprising Colts. Unfortunately they lost the "Gronk" for an extended period.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 3) - With the way both played last Sunday in New England's 59-24 blowout of Indianapolis, it's clear Andrew Luck vs. Tom Brady has a ways to go before becoming anywhere near the same quality of rivalry that Brady experienced against former Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 8) - Their stock goes up for beating the Colts, but their stock goes down for losing Gronk.