Week 4 NFL Power Rankings – Still 7 Teams Undefeated
In Week 3 of the NFL, 7 teams held their undefeated record and there are still a lot of surprise teams that are 0-3. So there was a lot of movement this week in our NFL Power Rankings. Here is Fanspeak’s Week 4 Power Rankings:
1. Denver Broncos (Last Week #1):
This team is insane. I know they were playing the Raiders, but they seem unbeatable right now and Peyton Manning looks as good as ever. Could this team go 19-0? I guess we’ll find out when they play the Chiefs, Colts, Texans and Patriots. But it seems like they’ll steamroll the rest of the teams.
2. Seattle Seahawks (Last Week #2):
Not a surprise that they destroyed the Jaguars at home. They look impressive in all phases of the game. Now they have a big test to play the Texans on the road. This would be a huge road win for the Seahawks.
3. New Orleans Saints (Last Week #3):
Drew Brees, Sean Payton & Co. are 3-0 and rolling. Jimmy Graham is playing out of his mind and the defense looks much improved. We knew they’d make a comeback this season, but they are even more impressive than expected.
4. Chicago Bears (Last Week #8):
The Bears are still undefeated too and got an impressive victory in Pittsburgh Sunday night. The offensive line is much improved and the defense is just nasty and loves getting their takeaways. The Bears look like a very complete and balanced team. Now they have a divisional game in Detroit, so it would be nice to be undefeated and 2-0 in their division to start the season.
5. Miami Dolphins (Last Week #11):
Raise your hands if you thought the Dolphins would be 3-0? And they have beaten some good playoff teams to get here, by beating the Colts last week and the Falcons this week. Now two undefeated teams will play on Monday night when the Dolphins face the Saints. In the offseason you probably would already have given the Saints a W, but obviously no one should sleep on these Dolphins.
6. Indianapolis Colts (Last Week #13):
The young Colts looked like a perennial playoff team Sunday in San Francisco. They were dominant and now add RB Trent Richardson to the mix. This team could be very dangerous.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week #10):
The Bengals got a huge win over the tough Packers on Sunday. You know you’re a good team when you beat other great teams, and that’s just what they did. Looking forward to seeing them play the Ravens (which isn’t until November & December).
8. New England Patriots (Last Week #7):
Its weird to move this team down when they are still undefeated, but there just seems to be teams that are playing better than the Pats and jump ahead of New England on our list. But they are still the Patriots with Belichick & Brady and they are still undefeated. Brady looked more in-sync with his receivers this week, and if they can get on a roll like Brady usually does with his receivers, then look out.
9. Houston Texans (Last Week #4):
The Texans did not look like a playoff contender, losing by a large margin to the Ravens. They’ve been winning some close games and got beaten badly by the Super Bowl champs. So where do they go from here? And now they host the Seahawks, so they better figure it out quick.
10. Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week #12):
From worst to …still TBD, but Andy Reid has this team playing well. They got a huge win at Reid’s old house on Thursday night and now they face the struggling Giants. The defense is opportunistic and Jammal Charles is impressive as always. Its just hard to believe this was the worst team in the league last year.
11. Baltimore Ravens (Last Week #14):
The Super Bowl champs looked more like themselves on Sunday getting a nice home win over the tough Texans. And this game was not close, Baltimore dominated the Texans and without Ray Rice.
12. Tennessee Titans (Last Week #15):
Titans fans have been wanting to see this from Jake Locker since he’s been drafted. He used his legs, played smart and made a clutch throw to win the game. The coaching staff has been game planning for this team extremely well and this may be one of the bigger surprises of 2013 if they keep it up. And as long as Locker continues to play smart and they continue to get CJ and the running game going, there’s no reason they can’t.
13. Green Bay Packers (Last Week #6):
Rough loss for the Packers in Cincinnati. They are off this week, and they better better get their act together and come back from the bye ready to string together some wins, because the Bears are no joke.
14. San Francisco 49ers (Last Week #5):
The 49ers have now looked unimpressive for 2 games in a row. Now they’re losing Aldon Smith, as he seeks rehab. The high octane offense looks anything but, and it will be fun to watch Thursday night and see if they can bounce back against the Rams struggling defense.
15. Atlanta Falcons (Last Week #9):
The injuries are taking their toll on the Falcons. But that can only be an excuse for so long because they are in the same division with the Saints. And now they face the Patriots this Sunday. Going to need Matt Ryan and Julio Jones to put up a lot of points to keep up with Tom Brady.
16. Dallas Cowboys (Last Week #16):
Romo and the Cowboys were impressive in their home win over the Rams. Are Jason Garrett & the Cowboys for real this year? The NFC East is theirs for the taking, but it will be interesting to watch as the Cowboys usually beat themselves later in the season.
17. Detroit Lions (Last Week #23):
The Lions offense was impressive Sunday against the Redskins and they made crucial plays when they needed to. Now the real test comes as they host the Bears on Sunday.
18. Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week #17):
The Eagles hosted their former coach Andy Reid and lost on Thursday night. The Eagles had way too many turnovers (and there could have been more that were dropped or called back). They have a lot of talent (see McCoy, LeSean), but they have got to eliminate the mental mistakes. It doesn’t get easier this week as they face the league’s toughest team, the Denver Broncos.
19. New York Jets (Last Week #26):
The Jets are 2-1. Bet you didn’t see that coming! Geno Smith looked good Sunday against the Bills, and you have to wonder if this a fluke or are the Jets really going to challenge teams this season.
20. Buffalo Bills (Last Week #18):
After a huge home victory last week, the Bills lost a tough divisional game in New York to the Jets. It didn’t help the CJ Spiller left the game with an injury. But he plans to play this Sunday, and that’s good because the Bills face the Ravens.
21. San Diego Chargers (Last Week #19):
The Chargers are playing all their games close, where they could be 3-0 or 0-3. But they are 1-2 and now they are hosting the Cowboys this week. But new coach Mike McCoy has them playing better than most expected, so it will be interesting to see if they can win more of the close games.
22. St. Louis Rams (Last Week #20):
The Cowboys embarrassed the Rams on Sunday. Their defense and running game are underperforming, and quite honestly, so is Sam Bradford. Now they host the 49ers on Thursday night, so it doesn’t get any easier.
23. Arizona Cardinals (Last Week #21):
Carson Palmer and the Cardinals did not look good against the Saints. This team is about what most expected this season.
24. Carolina Panthers (Last Week #31):
They destroyed the New York Giants and looked great. And now they have a few very winnable games in a row, so it will be interesting to see what the Panthers do with a favorable schedule. The next few weeks will separate the men from the boys, so you wonder which side the Panthers will fall on.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week #25):
The Steelers had another ugly home loss, something their fans are not accustomed to. So how do they right the ship? Well, this week they have RB Le’Veon Bell returning and they need him desperately. Will be interesting to see if he gives them the spark they need to get in the win column.
26. Washington Redskins (Last Week #22):
For a team that started on most power rankings in the top 10, they are falling hard and fast. RG3 looked more like himself against the Lions, but had two costly turnovers. But it won’t matter if RG3 fully returns to 2012 form if their defense can’t stop anybody. At this rate, the Redskins defense will shatter any record on yards/points allowed. They need to turn it around quick if they want to fight for the NFC East, which is wide open.
27. Cleveland Browns (Last Week #30):
After a controversial week for the Browns with trading star RB Trent Richardson to the Colts, the Browns had a big win against the Vikings on the road with backup QB Brian Hoyer. We think that’s worthy of moving up a few spots.
28. Oakland Raiders (Last Week #29):
The Raiders didn’t embarrass themselves Monday night against the Broncos, but still looked way out of their league playing against Manning & Co. Pryor has his moments so it will be interesting to see how he develops this season.
29. New York Giants (Last Week #24):
The last two weeks Eli Manning threw a combined 7 INTs. This week he didn’t have time to throw many INTs as he was sacked 7 times. This team seems to be in free fall, as that was Tom Coughlin’s most lopsided defeat ever. Will they bounce back? They travel to Kansas City to play the red hot Chiefs next…yikes!
30. Minnesota Vikings (Last Week #27):
Even AP is embarrassed they lost to the Browns. They cannot find a way to win close games.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week #28):
This team seems like a mess. Yes, they lost to Brady and the Patriots up at Foxboro, but it wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t all Josh Freeman’s fault. Though you have to wonder how much longer until they give rookie Mike Glennon a try.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week #32):
We knew this week against the Seahawks would be ugly for the Jags and boy, was it ever. At this point, I don’t see them getting out of the cellar until they have a #1 overall pick to help them.