NFL Power Rankings: Week Four
Many questioned my rankings last week, when I placed Cincinnati 13th—three spots ahead of Pittsburgh. I did that because the Bengals had just beaten the Packers, who defeated the Bears in Week One, who downed the Steelers the following week. Makes sense, right?
Not to some readers.
"If the Bengals and the Steelers played right now, who would win?" they asked incredulously. "You can't honestly say the Steelers are worse."
Cincinnati 23, Pittsburgh 20.
Am I allowed to rank the Bengals ahead of the Steelers now?
1. (1) Baltimore Ravens (3-0)
The Ravens absolutely dismantled the Browns, 34-3. They now have the second-best offense of 430.3 yards per game, and seventh-best defense of 282.7 yards per game in the league.
2. (2) New York Giants (3-0)
The G-Men outgained the Bucs, 397-86.
3. (3) Indianapolis Colts (3-0)
Peyton Manning and the Colts put up 505 yards at Arizona on Sunday night, but the injury to Dwight Freeney will be costly.
4. (4) Minnesota Vikings (3-0)
If only Brett Favre hadn't retired twice, everyone would've been so happy for him after his amazing touchdown pass to beat the Niners instead of cringing because they knew it would just lead to another Chris Berman love-fest on The Blitz.
5. (5) New Orleans Saints (3-0)
The Saints proved they could still win without Drew Brees throwing for at least 311 yards.
6. (9) New York Jets (3-0)
Thanks to Yom Kippur, the Jets and Giants played at the same time for the first time in 25 years. I'd have to guess that most neutral fans were tuned to Rex Ryan's outstanding defense, which forced four Titans turnovers.
7. (7) San Diego Chargers (2-1)
Without LaDainian Tomlinson for a second straight week, the Chargers ran for just 69 yards, but were still able to beat the Dolphins, thanks in part to Chad Pennington's injury.
8. (8) Dallas Cowboys (2-1)
Despite some sloppy tackling and terrible play-calling inside the five-yard line, the Cowboys were able to get past the Panthers on Monday night.
9. (10) New England Patriots (2-1)
The Pats proved they weren't dead yet by using a balanced ground attack to outscore the Falcons, 13-0, in the second half.
10. (6) Atlanta Falcons (2-1)
The Falcons drop after losing at New England and we suddenly realize that the two teams they've beaten, Miami and Carolina, are 0-6.
11. (11) Philadelphia Eagles (2-1)
No Donovan McNabb, no Brian Westbrook, no problem. At least not against the Chiefs.
12. (12) Denver Broncos (3-0)
People still don't think the Broncos deserve to be ranked this high? They went into Oakland and held the Raiders to three points and 156 yards. The Broncos have allowed a league-low 13 points through three games. The Titans gave up 14 in the first quarter to the Jets.
13. (13) Cincinnati Bengals (2-1)
It's nice to see everyone else's power rankings are finally catching up to mine.
14. (14) Green Bay Packers (2-1)
It's good to see the Packers weren't looking past the Rams to their big Monday night showdown next week against Favre and the Vikings in Minnesota.
15. (15) Chicago Bears (2-1)
Following a terrible performance in Week One, Jay Cutler is quickly learning how to work with his young wide receivers.
16. (16) Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2)
No reason to drop the Steelers because I already had them ranked 16th last week.
17. (17) San Francisco 49ers (2-1)
The Niners remain in the same spot after their tough-luck loss at Minnesota. No one is questioning Mike Singletary's coaching tactics anymore, but losing Frank Gore for three weeks will definitely hurt.
18. (18) Buffalo Bills (1-2)
Terrell Owens was held without a catch for the first time in 13 years. I think it's about time for another phony suicide attempt.
19. (19) Arizona Cardinals (1-2)
After a record-setting game last week, Kurt Warner looked old against the Colts' defense, led by Syracuse alum and apparent Yankees fan Dwight Freeney.
20. (26) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)
The Jags are the big movers of the week after their win at Houston. They'll have a chance to win two in a row when they host Tennessee this weekend in a game that could virtually eliminate the loser from contention in the AFC South.
21. (20) Houston Texans (1-2)
The Texans have the worst defense in the NFL at 455.5 yards per game.
22. (21) Tennessee Titans (0-3)
Things don't get much easier for the Titans, who have Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and New England coming up on their schedule.
23. (22) Seattle Seahawks (1-2)
Seneca Wallace didn't have a terrible game (26-44-261-1-1), but Seattle needs Matt Hasselbeck back fast.
24. (23) Carolina Panthers (0-3)
Terrible tackling and a disastrous offensive second half at Dallas has the Panthers winless heading into October.
25. (24) Miami Dolphins (0-3)
Winless and without Pennington for the rest of the year? Things aren't looking good for Miami.
26. (27) Oakland Raiders (1-2)
Oakland has the second-worst offense in the league at 223 yards per game.
27. (28) Tampa Bay Bucs (0-3)
Let's see if Josh Johnson can do any better at quarterback.
28. (29) Cleveland Browns (0-3)
Seven teams scored more points this week than the 26 the Browns have scored this entire season.
29. (30) Kansas City Chiefs (0-3)
Just 196 yards of offense for the Chiefs in their loss against Philly.
30. (32) Detroit Lions (1-2)
I had the Lions over the Redskins in my pick'em pool this week. However, I won't be taking them in their next three games against the Bears, Steelers, and Packers.
31. (25) Washington Redskins (1-2)
32. (31) St. Louis Rams (0-3)
And now the Rams, losers of 13 straight, take over as the worst team in football.
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