The following are this week’s power rankings. In parenthesis you will find last week’s rankings. Enjoy! The Power Ten:
Under Bill Belichick, the Patriots are 11-4 following their bye week. What does that mean? It means bad news for the Dallas Cowboys, as this high-powered Patriots’ offense will be in Dallas next Sunday. I expect more of the same from what we have seen from this Patriot team on Sunday. They are the best and most complete team in the league.
I say it every week, and I’ll say it again, CONTIUNUITY. The Packers have built through the draft and it shows. When one man goes down, another one steps up to the plate. It doesn’t matter who they put around Aaron Rodgers; no matter who is at receiver, Rodgers gets the job done at an elite level. At 4-0 and with a win over the Seahawks, the Packers are clearly in the driver seat for the number one seed in the NFC.
I said it yesterday; I am all in on the Bengals as a legitimate Super Bowl contender. On defense, this team is playing on another level. They constantly bring pressure to the quarterback, and are tremendous in the red zone. On Sunday they held the Chiefs to seven field goals. They have a huge test next week when they take on Seattle, but there isn’t a doubt in my mind that the Bengals are a legit Super Bowl contender.
Yes they lost to St. Louis, but that doesn’t change the fact that the Cardinals have been one of the best teams in the NFL. Through four games, they lead the NFL in total points scored. Larry Fitzgerald has essentially risen from the grave, as he has had the best four game start of his career. The defense continues to fly under the radar. According to Pro Football Focus the Cardinals’ defense is ranked third in efficiency.
Yes they looked awful in their 13-10 win last night, but the Seahawks are still a top five team in my book. They’ve proven they know how to get the job done when it matters most. They’ve won the NFC the last two seasons, and are currently one game behind the Cardinals in the NFC West. Marshawn Lynch hasn’t been healthy and despite this, the team still has won two games. I know, their offensive line has been abysmal, Russell Wilson has bee sacked more times this season than he had all of last season, but I truly believe the Seahawks will get it together, and come November nobody will want to play them.
With this 4-0 start, Peyton Manning now has the NFL record for most 4-0 starts in the history of the NFL. But this Peyton Manning led team is unlike any Peyton Manning team we have seen before. This is a defense first team. I’d argue that for the first time in Manning’s career, he isn’t being asked to win games, rather not lose them.
One question I have with the Broncos is their running game. Outside of a 72-yard touchdown run by Ronnie Hillman, their running game has been non-existent. If they continue to struggle to run the football, they could be in trouble come January. But, even with all that said, the Broncos defense is so good, this offense can be an average offense and the Broncos are still a legitimate threat to win the Super Bowl.
I’ll be the first to say it; I am shocked by how well the Falcons have looked thus far. They have been dominant through their first four games. For the first time since 1998, the Falcons have scored 35 or more points in back to back games. We all knew that they had a great receiver in Julio Jones, but on Sunday Jones had a mere 38 yards, but the team still scored 48 points. Everything is coming together for this Falcons team. They seem to have found a running back in Devonta Freeman, who is the first player since the merger to score 3 touchdowns in each of his first two starts. Leonard Hankerson looks like a legit number two receiver, and with Roddy White banged up, it allows the Falcons to rest him and allow him to recover fully before returning. With one of the easiest remaining schedules, it wouldn’t shock me if the Falcons end up finishing with 13-15 wins.
Even with a Michael Vick at quarterback, the Steelers came within inches of winning their third game last Thursday. Le’Veon Bell looked fantastic in his second game from his suspension. Through four games the defense has played much better than expected, ranking fourth in efficacy against the run according to Pro Football Focus. If the Steelers can manage to float around .500 until Ben Roethlisberger returns from injury, than this team will be a serious threat to win the AFC. This week the team gets second year receiver Martavis Bryant back from suspension, something that should greatly benefit the offense. Last season, Bryant led the NFL in touchdown to reception ratio.
Yes, the Colts have looked awful through four games, but trust leme; they are one of the ten best teams in the NFL. They have one of the best quarterbacks in Andrew Luck, who I know is coming off of a shoulder injury that caused him to miss last game, but I think this offense will find its rhythm. Luck is a quarterback genius and there isn’t a doubt in my mind that the Colts will be a powerhouse come November.
The Giants could easily be 4-0. In their two losses, the Giants held a double-digit lead late in the fourth quarter. Their defense has played exceptionally well considering, how low expectations were for them. According to Pro Football Focus, the Giants are sixth against the run in terms of efficacy.
We all know, the Giants have the potential to be one of the best offenses in the NFL. With an easy schedule and a suddenly easy division, the Giants could very well find themselves in a terrific position to compete for the NFC come January.
- New York Jets: 3-1 (15)
- Minnesota Vikings: 2-2 (16)
- Buffalo Bills: 2-2 (11)
- Dallas Cowboys: 2-2 (13)
- Carolina Panthers: 4-0 (17)
- Baltimore Ravens: 1-3 (18)
- Kansas City Chiefs: 1-3 (14)
- Tennessee Titans: 1-2 (19)
- Philadelphia Eagles: 1-3 (9)
- San Diego Chargers: 2-2 (20)
- Oakland Raiders: 2-2 (21)
- St. Louis Rams: 2-2 (23)
- New Orleans Saints: 1-3 (28)
- Chicago Bears: 1-3 (31)
- Detroit Lion: 0-4 (25)
- Cleveland Browns: 1-3 (26)
- Jacksonville Jaguars: 1-3 (27)
- Houston Texans: 1-3 (22)
- Miami Dolphins: 1-3 (24)
- Washington Redskins: 2-2 (32)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: 1-3 (29)
- San Francisco 49ers: 1-3 (30)
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