Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings: Week 4 Edition

Jacob NitzbergAnalyst IOctober 6, 2009

NEW ORLEANS - OCTOBER 04:  Darren Sharper #42 of the New Orleans Saints celebrates after scoring a touchdown on an interception against the New York Jets at the Louisana Superdome on October 4, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

Welcome to the Week 4 edition of the Cubicle GM NFL Power Rankings. Every Tuesday, you can look forward to our composite rankings, as well as a bit of brief insight and analysis about each of the 32 teams.

The rankings are determined by simply taking the average of each of the contributors here at The Cube.  For Week Four, we have rankings from the full complement of the Cubicle GM team, including me, Gideon, Mickey, Joey, Walker, and Smokey.

Four of the five remaining undefeated teams make up the top four spots in the rankings, and 4-0 Denver has turned some into believers as they crack the Top 10.  The Ravens and Jets each dropped four spots after their first losses of the year, but held their positions in the Top 10.

The bottom of the rankings finally became unanimous, as all six teams voted the St. Louis Rams as the No. 32 team after their shutout loss to the 49ers. The Cleveland Browns remain in the bottom five, but moved up three spots after showing some life in their OT loss to Cincinnati.

After four weeks of play, it appears teams are still settling into place. There were 25 teams that moved at least one spot in the rankings, but the big jumps have slowed down a bit.  Only Denver, which jumped six spots while staying undefeated, moved by five or more places this week.

The Broncos were the biggest upward mover this week, followed by the Jaguars, who moved up four spots after their destruction of the Titans.  Five teams tied for the biggest drop, as the Ravens, Jets, Chargers, Cowboys, and Seahawks each dropped four spots after their respective losses.

Bye weeks didn’t affect teams much, as the only team that didn’t play which moved in the rankings was the Panthers, who moved up one spot thanks to the Seahawks’ drop.

The disagreements between the contributors in the ranks have increased this week, thanks mostly to Smokey’s return from his Carolina-induced hangover. Fourteen teams saw a gap of seven or more spots in their ranks, with five of them reaching double digits.

Pittsburgh Steelers (12)—Smokey two, Jacob 14

San Francisco 49ers (10)Walker nine, Joey 19

Cincinnati Bengals (10)Smokey 11, Gideon 21

Chicago Bears (10)Jacob 10, Smokey 20

Carolina Panthers (10)Mickey/Smokey 21, Joey 31

On the divisional side, the NFC East still leads the way with the Giants and Eagles in the Top 10, coming in with an average score of 9.25. Coming in second was the AFC North with a score of 14.17, helped by jumps from Pittsburgh, Cinci and Cleveland. At the bottom sits the NFC West, checking in with a 21.67 average rank, followed by the NFC South with a 20.83 average despite having the No. 1 Saints.

As a reminder, you can check out all the backup data here.  As always, last week’s ranks are in parentheses. Without further ado, onto the rankings.