NFL Power Rankings Week 4: Teams Plummeting After Disappointing Losses
The 2013 NFL season hasn't been kind to a select few teams thus far, as highly touted clubs are now plummeting down the power rankings.
While we've seen a share of teams impress—Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins to name a few—to 3-0 records, other teams have fallen flat and are quickly throwing away hopes of making a Super Bowl run.
Let's take a look at which teams those are through three weeks of the season.
|4||New Orleans Saints|
|6||New England Patriots|
|7||San Francisco 49ers|
|8||Green Bay Packers|
|12||Kansas City Chiefs|
|19||St. Louis Rams|
|21||San Diego Chargers|
|22||New York Giants|
|27||New York Jets|
|30||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
Steven Cook's Projections
Note: These rankings were made before Oakland vs. Denver (Monday Night Football)
New York Giants (0-3)
Despite starting at 0-2, the Giants looked bound to turn things around if they could avoid turning the ball over ad nauseam. Then Sunday happened.
New York looked putrid in all aspects of the game in its 38-0 loss to Carolina. The Giants tallied 60 total rushing yards, were outgained in total yards by more than 250 and racked up just 10 first downs all game.
What about that Eli Manning guy, who threw for 812 yards through the air in the first two weeks combined? He was sacked seven times en route to only 119 yards through the air.
On the bright side, he only threw one interception, but the G-Men still lost the turnover battle, 3-2.
Now the Giants are 0-3 and have no running game to speak of. Spirits are certainly down in the locker room. This team is no stranger to coming on strong late in the season, but it's not looking promising as of now.
Washington Redskins (0-3)
NFC East teams with Super Bowl aspirations are dropping like flies early in the season. This time it's the Washington Redskins, who are now 0-3 after a 27-20 defeat to Detroit on Sunday.
Will Washington make the playoffs?
Robert Griffin III improved and was able to generate some success in the first half (which he hasn't done this season), and it was a much better performance than against Philadelphia or Green Bay. But the issues are piling up for Washington.
It all starts with the defense, which gave up a career-high 480 yards to Aaron Rodgers a week ago and saw more of the same from Matthew Stafford (385 yards, two touchdowns, one pick). The secondary is being torched from week to week.
The Redskins are far from done this season, but until they shore up their issues on the defensive side of the ball, wins won't come easily.
San Francisco 49ers (1-2)
No team—not even New York—has fallen more quickly in two weeks than the 49ers.
Entering Sunday Night Football in Week 2, San Francisco got the opportunity to prove it was the NFL's best team on the road against Seattle. Then, Colin Kaepernick threw for 129 yards and three interceptions, as San Francisco sputtered to a 29-3 loss.
Do the 49ers deserve a top-five spot?
Against Indianapolis Sunday, the Niners had little success in the air again with Vernon Davis sidelined with a hamstring injury, resulting in their second straight 20-point drubbing in a 27-7 loss—Kaepernick's first as a starter in Candlestick Park.
The running game was there at times—Frank Gore tallied 82 yards—but there was no consistency to move along drives, which showed on the scoreboard.
After entering the season as a favorite for the Super Bowl and validating it in Week 1, the Niners are falling fast—which is only amplified by a recent suspension of Aldon Smith per NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal.
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