NFL Power Rankings: Raiders now Top 10; no jabs at 49ers
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Four weeks are in the books...
32. San Diego (1-3)
The Bolts have more talent than several other teams in the league but, when you cough up another double-digit fourth-quarter lead to the Saints of all teams, you get put on timeout. How Mike McCoy didn’t meet his maker Monday is beyond us.
31. Cleveland (0-4)
Terrelle Pryor is a jack-of-all-trades in Cleveland, and turning into a solid receiver. To be clear, he was never willing to do that in Oakland. Quarterback or bust. Had to get that out. Back to our power rankings: The Browns are, like, really, really, really bad.
30. Detroit (1-3)
Lions fans should be familiar with this level of play.
29. Chicago (1-3)
Beating Detroit may have earned Brian Hoyer a starting gig. That’s like getting promoted for showing up to work on time.
28. New Orleans (1-3)
It took the Chargers fumbling on three straight second-half drives to win a game. Drew Brees = good. Dennis Allen-led Saints defense = awful.
27. 49ers (1-3)
This space is often used to take not-so-subtle jabs at the 49ers. Not today. They lost NaVorro Bowman for the season to an Achilles’ tear. Great player with a reputation as a great guy. Worked all the way back from a major knee injury to be great again. Then this happens. That stinks.
26. Tampa Bay (1-3)
Bucs have scored seven points twice in the last three games. Head coach Dirk Koetter says he’s worried about Jameis Winston’s growth. That’s troubling, as is a defense ranked 15th in yards and dead last in points allowed.
25. Miami (1-3)
Each NFL team plays a game on Thursday night. It was the Dolphins’ turn last week. Not sure they knew that.
24. Tennessee (1-3)
The Titans don’t know how to win. When you’re struggling to put full games together, you can’t have an error on special teams. Gave up a punt return touchdown to Houston. Can’t have that in close contests. It’s always something with this bunch.
23. Indianapolis (1-3)
“How to waste a good quarterback: The Ryan Grigson story.” An Indianapolis Star best seller. Luck sacked six times in London. That’s a long way to go for a beat down.
22. Jacksonville (1-3)
Still think there’s a good team in there somewhere. Still haven’t figured it out. Winning a darn game was a step in the right direction.
21. New York Jets (1-3)
Everyone talked about how tough Gang Green’s early schedule was. They weren’t lying. Even still, there are cracks in this armor.
20. Washington (2-2)
Playing Cleveland is like landing on a free space. Still gotta show us something.
19. Buffalo (2-2)
Rexy is sexy again. Bills got right against a banged up third string New England QB. Bills are counting lucky stars this game didn’t come a week later, when Brady comes back.
18. Los Angeles (3-1)
The Rams are 3-1. Somehow. They have an offense that’s 30th or worse in every major category. We’re not believers.
17. New York Giants (2-2)
Josh Norman isn’t Odell Beckham’s only nemesis, apparently Xavier Rhodes can ruffle some feathers. Did so Monday night.
16. Arizona (1-3)
I just…I don’t know what to say here. This team is really talented on offense and defense. But 1-3 is 1-3. Still don’t think Arizona stays down long.
15. Carolina (1-3)
If there’s a Super Bowl hangover, the Panthers apparently drank way too much moonshine.
14. Kansas City (2-2)
Chiefs have played uninspired football thus far. Another team currently operating below expectation.
13. Dallas (3-1)
Ezekiel Elliott looks like the real deal. But the Cowboys have beat Washington, Chicago and Santa Clara. Snooze. Wake us up when they beat somebody, anybody of significance.
12. Houston (3-1)
Winning could be tougher to maintain without J.J. Watt. It’s time for Clowney to start acting like a No. 1 overall pick.
11. Baltimore (3-1)
Have seen the Ravens firsthand. That defensive front is legit. Flacco has weapons, and Steve Smith Sr. still has it. They’ve definitely improved over a year ago.
10. Cincinnati (2-2)
Andy Dalton starting to realize throwing to A.J. Green whenever possible is a smart thing. Lots of weapons on this team. They’ve lost to Denver and Pittsburgh thus far. Don’t hold it against them. They’ve got talent, and are rounding into form.
9. Raiders (3-1)
This Raiders team doesn’t get rattled and, despite talent in all phases, that’s probably its greatest attribute. They’ve been inconsistent at times. But never when it matters most. Carr, Crabtree and Del Rio. Coolest cats in the building.
8. Green Bay (2-1)
That loss to Minnesota doesn’t look so bad, now does it? Aaron Rodgers hasn’t lost his fastball.
7. Atlanta (3-1)
Maybe talk of Matt Ryan’s decline was premature. Or maybe he just has the best receiver out there. Falcons might win a lot of shootouts.
6. Philadelphia (3-0)
Everybody loves Carson Wentz. A bye week didn’t change that. The defense has been great. Still two out of three wins against Cleveland and Chicago? Not sold, but unbeaten is unbeaten
5. Seattle (3-1)
Russell Wilson apparently allowed a recovery specialist to move in with him and Ciara. Put that dude on the payroll. A sprained knee didn’t stop him from shredding the Jets on Sunday. When he’s good, so are the ‘Hawks
4. Pittsburgh (3-1)
Steelers lost to the Eagles (without Le’Veon Bell), and then took out their frustrations on the Chiefs (with Le’Veon Bell). Good luck to future opposition. Do you protect against Antonio Brown deep or load the box against Le’Veon or try to rattle Big Ben? Good luck with any of those things.
3. New England (3-1)
Patriots got shut out by the Bills. Who cares? They got three wins during Tom Brady’s suspension. Now he’s back, and super pissed. Patriots may not lose again. His return means Deflategate’s finally over. That makes everybody a winner.
2. Minnesota (4-0)
No team has impressed more than the Vikings. They’re 4-0, including several quality wins, without AP or Teddy. Why? Defense has been excellent. Mike Zimmer. Coach. Of. The. Year.
1. Denver (4-0)
Trevor Siemian’s shoulder should be fine. Not that it matters. Super Bowl champs still winning with a defense that is world class.