Wednesday, September 26, 2012
NFL Power Rankings: Week 4
A strong performance against the Broncos and the 49ers’ loss moves the Texans up to the top spot.
2. Atlanta Falcons (3-0) LW: 3
The Falcons dominated the Chargers, remaining undefeated. The team is running on all cylinders.
3. Arizona Cardinals (3-0) LW: 16
A huge leap up for the Cards, moving 13 spots. Probably a little high for them but as one of only three undefeated teams remaining, I had to show Arizona some respect.
4. New York Giants (2-1) LW: 4
The G-Men handled the Panthers Thursday night, even without Hakeem Nicks and Ahmad Bradshaw, thanks to big performances from Andre Brown and Ramses Barden.
5. San Francisco 49ers (2-1) LW: 1
The Niners dropped after a tough loss to the Vikings.
6. Baltimore Ravens (2-1) LW: 9
Baltimore edged out the Patriots in an emotional Sunday night game, following the death of Torrey Smith’s brother. Smith led the way with two touchdown catches.
7. Green Bay Packers (1-2) LW: 5
The Packers got absolutely hosed by the officials and lost on a hail mary touchdown that shouldn’t have been. Even though the first half was a sack fest, the GB defense held the Seahawks in check for most of the game, up until that infamous Golden Tate “touchdown.”
8. Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) LW: 6
The Eagles have not looked good at all this year and were lucky to be 2-0 coming into their matchup with the Cardinals. But a loss to an undefeated team can't drop you too fair in the power rankings.
9. New England Patriots (1-2) LW: 7
A tough loss to the Ravens drops the Pats a few spots.
10. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2) LW: 8
The Steelers couldn't hold on against the Raiders and were handed their second loss of the season, both to members of the AFC West.
11. San Diego Chargers (2-1) LW: 10
12. Chicago Bears (2-1) LW: 12
13. Dallas Cowboys (2-1) LW: 13
14. Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) LW: 15
15. New York Jets (2-1) LW: 17
16. Denver Broncos (1-2) LW: 11
17. Seattle Seahawks (2-1) LW: 19
The Seahawks completely dominated the first half defensively but couldn’t pull away from the Packers. They also were gifted the game by a horrible call and an even more horrible non-reversal.
18. Buffalo Bills (2-1) LW: 23
CJ Spiller’s injury, fortunately, isn’t as bad as it looked and the Bills were able to win anyway. Fred Jackson might be back as soon as this week to add one more offensive weapon.
19. Minnesota Vikings (2-1) LW: 28
20. Tennessee Titans (1-2) LW: 26
21. Detroit Lions (1-2) LW: 14
22. Washington Redskins (1-2) LW: 18
23. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2) LW: 29
24. Oakland Raiders (1-2) LW: 30
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) LW: 31
26. Carolina Panthers (1-2) LW: 20
27. St. Louis Rams (1-2) LW: 21
28. Indianapolis Colts (1-2) LW: 22
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2) LW: 24
30. New Orleans Saints (0-3) LW: 25
31. Miami Dolphins (1-2) LW: 27
32. Cleveland Browns (0-3) LW: 32