Week 4 Power Rankings: The NFC East Is The Cream Of The Crop; Bills Best In AFC

Sean MillerContributor ISeptember 24, 2008

Miller's Week 4 Power Rankings:

(Last weeks rankings in parenthesis)

1. (1) Dallas Cowboys (3-0) The Cowboys proved once again that they are the best team in the league by going into Lambeau and shaking up the seemingly unflappable Aaron Rodgers led Green Bay Packers.

2. (7) New York Giants (3-0) The world champs should have had an easier time beating the lowly Bengals but they did come out on top. I said last week that Eli was playing better than his brother and he proved it by leading the G Men to an OT victory when Peyton's efforts in his game fell short.

3. (6) Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) The Eagles defense played brilliantly in their win over Pittsburgh. If only that defense had shown up vs. the Cowboys last week they could be number 1 right now, I don't if that means the Eagles are inconsistent or the Cowboys offense is just too good. Regardless, the Eagles look great and it looks like B-West will play next week vs. the Bears which could be a possible trap game vs. the Bears who beat the Colts in week 1.

4. (8) Buffalo Bills (3-0) For the first three quarters of this past weeks game against the Raiders the Bills looked like they had forgotten about the team that they were week 1 and 2 but another Trent Edwards led 4th quarter comeback led them to victory. Now the Bills are arguably the best team in the AFC and next week should be an easy win vs. the Rams...who are awful...but Dick Jauron and Edwards are preparing as if they are playing the 1972 Dolphins so the Bills should go 4-0.

5. (2) Green Bay Packers (2-1) The Pack and Aaron Rodgers showed that they were human this week vs. the Cowboys. This loss revealed just how much work they have to do to catch up to the NFC's best. Al Harris may be lost for the season which is a blow to a defense that already ranks 27th in the league.

6. (4) Denver Broncos (3-0) A missed field goal by not so automatica Martin Gramatica and a blown call by the most ripped referee in the NFL are all that stands between the Broncos and being 1-2 right now. With that said, Denver's offense looks scary hopefully their defense that looks more...yucky, than scary will follow suit in upcoming weeks or the Broncos may start moving down the board.

7. (12) Tennessee Titans (3-0) The Titans defense is not just scary but horrifying. They are holding their opponents to just 9.7 points a game and are mostly the reason the Titans are undefeated. If Kerry Collins continues to manage games the Titans could be poised to win the AFC South...who would've seen that coming 4 weeks ago?

8. (3) Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) Ben Roethlisberger was literally beaten down by the Eagles Defense this past week. Where did their offensive line go? It'd be nice if they showed up next week so Big Ben's clock doesn't continued to get cleaned.

9. (10) Carolina Panthers (2-1) The Panthers moved up 1 spot this week simply because there were more teams that needed to be moved down. But after this week I got to thinking that maybe the Panthers aren't for real. The return of Steve Smith was overshadowed by the return of Gus Frerotte...that should NEVER happen.

10. (5) New England Patriots (2-1) Joey Porter apparently knew what he was talking about when he said that his Dolphins would go up and beat the Pats in Foxboro. Porter said it would be easy because Matt Cassell was "not Tom Brady"...and he couldn't have been more right. Porter recorded 3 sacks on Cassell and the Patriots were embarrassed by the Dolphins. They need to figure out how to win consistently with Matt Cassell  under center or their season might've been over the second Tom Brady's ligaments tore.

11. (13) San Diego Chargers (1-2) Perhaps this year is like the last, in that, the Chargers started off slowly. The Philip Rivers led Charger's offense showed that they could still play Monday night by putting up 49 points on the not that good New York Bretts.

12. (9) Indianapolis Colts (1-2) This may be the last week for awhile that the Colts grace the top 12 of my weekly ratings, at least if they continue to play the way they are now. Peyton Manning has more INTs then Tds, they have almost no running game (sorry for those who drafted Joseph Addai 4th or 5th overall in their fantasy leagues) and their rush defense looks like your average Colts rushing defense (not good) as seen last week when they were blown up by Fred Taylor and MJD. At this rate, I'm not sure the Colts even make the playoffs let alone win the AFC South.

13. (17) Washington Redskins (2-1)

14. (23) Baltimore Ravens (2-0)

15. (16) Minnesota Vikings (1-2)

16. (20) San Francisco 49ers (2-1)

17. (18) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)

18. (19) Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)

19. (14) Arizona Cardinals (2-1)

20. (11) New Orleans Saints (1-2)

21. (25) Seattle Seahawks (1-2)

22. (26) Atlanta Falcons (2-1)

23. (15) New York Jets (1-2)

24. (22) Chicago Bears (1-2)

25. (27) Oakland Raiders (1-2)

26. (30) Miami Dolphins (1-2)

27. (21) Cleveland Browns (0-3)

28. (24) Houston Texans (0-2)

29. (28) Cincinnati Bengals (0-3)

30. (29) Detroit Lions (0-3)

31. (31) Kansas City Chiefs (0-3)

32. (32) St. Louis Rams (0-3)

Please leave comments with your agreements/disagreements etc.


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