Week 4 NFL Power Rankings - 9/23/2014
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Here are the NFL power rankings as we prepare for the upcoming week 4.
1. Seattle Seahawks - The Seattle Seahawks made up for their loss to San Diego with a win over the Denver Broncos. An average NFL fan can watch the Seahawks and clearly know they’re the better team on the field.
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2. Cincinnati Bengals - The Cincinnati Bengals have beaten two playoff contenders in the Baltimore Ravens and Atlanta Falcons. This is a team that’s growing on me each and every week.
3. Denver Broncos - Even with the loss to the Seattle Seahawks, the Denver Broncos showed they can hold their own against the best in the league. The Broncos are still the cream of the crop in the NFL.
4. Philadelphia Eagles - Three straight weeks, three comeback victories from the Philadelphia Eagles. With an offense that can drop 50 at the drop of a hat, the Eagles look to be a real Super Bowl contender early on.
5. Arizona Cardinals - Maybe everybody had it wrong and the Arizona Cardinals are truly the best team in the NFC West. Well, at least that’s what it looks like right now.
6. San Diego Chargers - Philip Rivers is playing some of his best football of his career and the San Diego Chargers have beaten the Seahawks and a confident Buffalo Bills squad on the road. Don’t sleep on the Chargers.
7. Atlanta Falcons - Beating any team in the NFL 56-14 says something, even if it was against the horrible Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Falcons have the best passing offense in the league and seem to have a point to prove.
8. Baltimore Ravens - The Baltimore Ravens seem to be using the Ray Rice drama as fuel with back-to-back conference victories. It may not be pretty all the time, but the Ravens are finding ways to win and have replaced Rice’s production with ease.
9. New England Patriots - When was the last time we’ve seen the New England Patriots so uncomfortable? The Pats defense has been down in the dumps early on, but the defense has allowed just 16 combined points in their last two weeks.
10. Carolina Panthers - Boy, that loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers was ugly, huh? Still, the Carolina Panthers have one of the top defenses in the country and the offense is only going to improve once Cam Newton gets in his groove after missing a lot of the offseason.
11. Chicago Bears - Winning back-to-back road games against San Francisco and the New York Jets is no joke given the travel schedule. As if the Chicago Bears needed any more offensive weapons, Martellus Bennett is on pace to have his best season of his career.
12. Indianapolis Colts - Although 1-2, the Indianapolis Colts went toe-to-toe with the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos before crushing the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Colts are one running back away from being a complete team.
13. New Orleans Saints - The New Orleans Saints have lost two games by a combined five points. We all know that Sean Payton and Drew Brees will have things figured out in time to make a strong playoff push.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers - The Pittsburgh Steelers are one team I can never figure out. Every time I pick them to win they lose, pick against them, they win. Either way, the Steelers picked up an impressive win over the Carolina Panthers and have the best rushing offense in the league.
15. Detroit Lions - The Detroit Lions have a defense that is top three in both against the run and pass. With all of the offensive weapons the Lions have, this is a dangerous football team once everything starts clicking.
16. Green Bay Packers - Remember when a lot of people had the Green Bay Packers winning the Super Bowl? Yikes. The Packers offense has been nearly nonexistent, but it should only be a matter of time before things turn around.
17. Dallas Cowboys - The Dallas Cowboys came back after being down by 21 points to the St. Louis Rams. While I’m still not sold on Dallas due to slow starts and a shaky defense, that’s pretty impressive.
18. San Francisco 49ers - Have the San Francisco 49ers really fallen off a cliff or are back-to-back losses due to tough competition? I guess that question will be answered this week against the Philadelphia Eagles.
19. Buffalo Bills - The Buffalo Bills are clearly moving in the right direction but aren't quite there yet. We'll see just how close the Bills are after back-to-back road games.
20. New York Jets - I don’t think anybody is sold on Geno Smith as the Jets quarterback. However, games in the NFL are won in the trenches and the New York Jets are second in rushing yards and No. 1 against the run.
21. Cleveland Browns - The Cleveland Browns are quietly changing their losing culture and becoming a team you don’t want to face. With all of the youth on this team, the Browns will be a playoff contender within a year or two.
22. Washington Redskins - Kirk Cousins may be the future of the Washington Redskins if he can continue to play the way he did against the Eagles. Not to mention Washington has the third best run defense in the league, making this a team to watch out for in the next couple of weeks.
23. Kansas City Chiefs - The Kansas City Chiefs bounced back with a win over the Miami Dolphins and can prove themselves this week against the Patriots. Improvement needs to be made before we can take the Chiefs seriously, but this is a team that’s not going to go down quietly.
24. Miami Dolphins - What happened to the Miami Dolphins that beat the New England Patriots in the season opener? Time is running out for starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
25. New York Giants - The New York Giants have to win on Thursday against the Washington Redskins to prove that they’ve turned their season around. Of course, Eli Manning is three picks away from ruining any hope for a successful season.
26. Minnesota Vikings - The Teddy Bridgewater era has begun earlier than expected for the Minnesota Vikings. Of course, that doesn’t say much for this season, but the Vikings may find out they have their quarterback of the future which is a giant step forward.
27. Houston Texans - The Houston Texans defense isn’t up to par with what we’ve seen in the past and it may be time to bench Ryan Fitzpatrick if he continues his struggles. The Texans need to show more in the upcoming weeks.
28. St. Louis Rams - Allowing the Dallas Cowboys to comeback from a 21-point deficit says all you need to know about the St. Louis Rams.
29. Tennessee Titans - The Tennessee Titans have been outscored 59-17 in their last two games. It’s safe to say the Titans aren’t going to do much this season with struggles on both sides of the ball.
30. Oakland Raiders - The Oakland Raiders are still, well, the Oakland Raiders. After a quick 0-3 start, the Raiders are already looking ahead to next season.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - 56-14 to the Atlanta Falcons. Need I say more about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?
32. Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jacksonville Jaguars are dead last defense and near the very bottom of total offense. The Jags can do little to nothing right. Maybe QB Blake Bortles can change things.