NFL Power Rankings: Raiders no longer Top 10, 49ers remain bad
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32) Cleveland (0-6)
Let’s say this. The Browns fight. So many close games. So many losses. They just don’t have enough talent, no matter who plays quarterback. Terrelle Pryor might be developing into a good receiver, but if he’s your top option, you don’t have one.
31) 49ers (1-5)
Colin Kaepernick can’t cure what ails this team. No quarterback can. Maybe Tom Brady. Maybe, but probably not. This roster stinks like a startled skunk.
30) Chicago (1-5)
The Bears shut Jacksonville out through three quarters. Then they blew it, thanks to a late touchdown where receiver and cover man slipped on shoddy turf. Man. Even the Chicago grass can’t get the job done.
29) N.Y. Jets (1-5)
Ryan Fitzpatrick sat out the offseason waiting for the right contract. Apparently the Jets should’ve offered peanuts. That’s what he’s been worth. It’s gotta be Geno Smith o’clock. Jets fans should start doing draft research.
28) Carolina (1-5)
This has to be rock bottom. Has to be. Let’s ask Cam if it is. Mister Cam, sir, can it get worse? … Cam? … Cam?
27) San Diego (2-4)
Bolts got off the mat, beat the Broncos and saved head coach Mike McCoy’s gig. Who says that’s a good thing? The guy coaches scared. Young players developed under him play scared. Hello Kitty might spook these cats.
26) Indianapolis (2-4)
Colts find ways to lose close ones. Ryan Grigson typically gets ripped in this space. Maybe the head coach should get tossed along with him. Had a chance to get back in the mix, and blew a late lead. Unacceptable, Chuck.
25) Tampa Bay (2-3)
That Panthers win means less given Carolina’s collapse. This team is suspect.
24) Jacksonville (2-3)
There’s a talented team trapped in black and teal. It shows up for a quarter here and there. Raiders hope Jags stay dormant next week.
23) Dolphins (2-4)
Did the Steelers shake a sleeping giant? Gotta see more before the Dolphins earn street cred. A lot more.
22) New Orleans (2-3)
So Drew Brees has to throw 465 and score 41 for the Saints to win. Thing is, he can still do that. Old man’s still got it.
21) Tennessee (3-3)
Marcus Mariota has thrown six touchdowns in the last two games. The Titans can run. They play mean defense. If the second-year quarterback figures it out as a pure passer, look out. Oregon product has all the tools.
20) Cincinnati (2-4)
Just can’t believe the Bengals are here. Brutal schedule brought ‘em to this point. We might look back at this as a rough patch, but four losses is four losses. Gotta pay for that, power rankings style.
19) Baltimore (3-3)
Some thought the 3-0 Ravens weer a paper tiger. They were right. Now they’ve lost three straight, Dumervil’s out a stretch and Suggs tore a biceps. Things are headed downhill on a triple black diamond.
18) Los Angeles (3-3)
Rams falling back to the mean, where they belong. It’s where Jeff Fisher lives. In perpetuity.
17) New York Giants (3-3)
Odell is Terrell Owens redux. A lesser talent would get cut. This one is awesome, and therefore gets called eccentric. And maybe ends up on a VH1 reality show.
16) Detroit (3-3)
Let’s imagine for a second the Lions figure it out, establish some consistency and become relevant again. How much more will Matt Stafford steal despite never winning anything of substance? It’s good to be QB, and from the old rookie wage system. Dude’s a modern Scrooge McDuck.
15) Philadelphia (3-2)
Welcome, Eagles, back to Earth.
14) Houston (4-2)
There’s zero belief Osweiller’s the real deal.
13) Arizona (3-3)
It’s a struggle keeping the Cardinals even this low. Love this roster. They’re figuring it out, with too much talent to say down forever. Assuming, of course, Carson can somehow hang tough.
12) Washington (4-2)
Four in a row is four in a row. Impressive run, after which defensive lineman Ricky Jean Francois said, “We run the damn (NFC) East.” Dallas might object, but, in honor of Kirk Cousins, we like that.
11) Raiders (4-2)
Head coach Jack Del Rio said the Raiders are a really good team that had a bad day against Kansas City. We’ll add, against a good Chiefs team that is Raiders kryptonite. This offense stepped in a bear trap. That won’t happen again.
10) Green Bay (3-2)
The world thinks Green Bay’s offense is broken. We still say R-E-L-A-X.
9) Buffalo (4-2)
Bills have rattled off four straight. This win might’ve been Shady McCoy’s favorite. Tell me he didn’t enjoy trucking Chip Kelly.
8) Kansas City (3-2)
Let’s call that Steelers loss an outlier. Jamaal Charles is back. Spencer Ware ain’t going anywhere. Alex Smith is an efficient compliment to the run game. Chiefs are rounding into form.
7) Denver (4-2)
Now there’s plenty of tape on Trevor Siemian, making him vulnerable. This defense is still all-world. That combo will lead to some uneven results. Case and point: What happened in San Diego on Thursday night.
6) Atlanta (4-2)
The Falcons’ close loss to Seattle isn’t a death sentence. Atlanta’s defense is pedestrian, but that offense is legit. Matt Ryan’s finding ways to win. You know, like he used to. When he was “Ice” cold.
5) Dallas (5-1)
We’ve been questioning the Cowboys all season, even during Dak mania. Hard to ignore 5-1, especially with this Prescott’s efficiency. Will Tony Romo be Dallas’ Yoko Ono?
4) Pittsburgh (4-2)
Everybody has a bad day. Steelers had one, where Ben Roethlisberger got hurt. If he’s out a short spell, Steelers will be like a steady flip cup anchor. They’ll always win. If not, the NFL’s best skill-player set gets shaky.
3) Seattle (4-1)
Still can’t believe the Seahawks lost to the Rams in Week 2. No freaking idea how that happened. Russell Wilson’s a grinder. And a winner. This defense is an animated bunch, but only because they really care about being awesome.
2) New England (5-1)
It’s been two games back from suspension and one thing is clear: Tom Brady is pissed.
1) Minnesota (5-0)
No undefeated team in the history of ever gets dropped on a bye. Ain’t happening to a team that’s earned so much respect. All these injuries, though. Bridgewater Peterson, Kalil and Andre Smith on IR. How many body blows can one team take and stay upright? The Vikings are Rocky.