Dr J's NFL Power Rankings: week 4

The Giants? A powerhouse? Chargers fans didn't even think the New York football team would win three games all year. Miami is a really, really bad team. Their only saving grace is San Francisco is worse.

1) New England (3-0)
Last week: 1st, Defeated Buffalo 31-17
That's 18 in a row for the Patsies. Will probably grow to 19 after meeting with Miami.

2) Philadelphia (4-0)
Last Week: 2nd, Defeated Chicago 19-9
Eagles are off to another fast start, but it's how you finish, right Iggles fans?

3) Seattle (3-0)
Last Week: 3rd, Bye
Showdown with the Rams next.

4) Indianapolis (3-1)
Last Week: 4th, Defeated Jacksonville 24-17
Colts looking better on defense each week.

5) Minnesota (2-1)
Last Week: 5th, Bye
Shouldn't overlook the Texans this week.

6) Atlanta (4-0)
Last Week: 6th, Defeated Carolina 27-10
Offense still pedestrian, but defense winning ball games.

7) Dallas (2-1)
Last week: 9th, Bye
Vinny Testaverde threw for 677 yards in Dallas' first two games.

8) Carolina (1-2)
Last week: 8th, Lost to Atlanta 27-10
Super Bowl loser hangover continues.

9) Jacksonville (3-1)
Last Week: 9th, Lost to Indianapolis 24-17
Young Jags are game against tough Colts team.

10) Denver (3-1)
Last week: 13th, Defeated Tampa Bay 16-13
Broncos defense has allowed just 14.3 points per game.

11) St. Louis (2-2)
Last Week: 15th, Defeated San Francisco 24-14
Did Mike Martz read my column last week? 174 yards rushing, 186 yards passing for the Rams and 36 of 61 plays were running plays.

12) NY Jets (3-0)
Last Week: 12th, Defeated Miami 17-9
Not as good as their record indicates? Wins have come against teams that are 3-8 combined.

13) Pittsburgh (3-1)
Last Week: 17th, Defeated Cincinnati 28-17
Ben Roethlisberger might not know much about the offense just yet, but he's helping this team win.

14) NY Giants (3-1)
Last Week: 22nd, Defeated Green Bay 14-7
Tiki Barber and defense shine for surprising Giants.

15) Baltimore (2-2)
Last Week: 11th, Lost to Kansas City 27-24
Now could be facing life without Jamal Lewis.

16) Tennessee (1-3)
Last Week: 10th, Lost to San Diego 38-17
Sure, injuries played a part, but they were thoroughly (and surprisingly) dominated.

17) New Orleans (2-2)
Last Week: 14th, Lost to Arizona 34-10
Okay, which game was the aberration? The win in St. Louis or the loss in Arizona?

18) Green Bay (1-3)
Last Week: 16th, Lost to NY Giants 14-7
Brett Favre adds to his legend, but Packers defensive problems continue to mount.

19) Kansas City (1-3)
Last week: 25th, Defeated Baltimore 27-24
Chiefs find a way to play their defense, keep them off the field.

20) Detroit (2-1)
Last Week: 20th, Bye Week
Roy Williams making like Randy Moss, at least early on.

21) San Diego (2-2)
Last Week: 29th, Defeated Tennessee 38-17
What was that? Was that OFFENSE on a Schottenheimer team?

22) Cleveland (2-2)
Last Week: 23rd, Defeated Washington 17-13
Cleveland's walking wounded undefeated at home and winless on the road.

23) Houston (2-2)
Last Week: 27th, Defeated Kansas City 30-17
At last! Now David Carr can cut his hair and he can stop looking like David Cassidy.

24) Washington (1-3)
Last Week: 18th, Lost to Cleveland 17-13
Suddenly Clinton Portis can't run and Mark Brunell can't throw. What is wrong in the nation's capital? (Other than the regular old problems of course.)

25) Cincinnati (1-3)
Last Week: 19th, Lost to Pittsburgh 28-17
Bengals fans grumbling about Carson Palmer starting ahead of Jon Kitna.

26) Oakland (2-2)
Last Week: 21st, Lost to Houston 30-17
Kerry Collins had a hand in all five Raider turnovers.

27) Chicago (1-3)
Last Week: 26th, Lost to Philadelphia 19-9
Jonathan Quinn made his first start in 3 years, and it sure showed.

28) Arizona (1-3)
Last Week: 32nd, Defeated New Orleans 34-10
Emmitt Smith leads with his legs and arm, throwing his first TD pass of career.

29) Tampa Bay (0-4)
Last Week: 24th, Lost to Denver 16-13
Now it's Chris Simms at the helm.

30) Buffalo (0-3)
Last Week: 28th, Lost to New England 31-17
How bad is it going to get in Buffalo?

31) Miami (0-4)
Last Week: 26th, Lost to NY Jets 17-9
Now Ricky Williams wants back in? To this team?

32) San Francisco (0-4)
Last Week: 31st, Lost to St. Louis 24-14
49er fans not used to this kind of ineptitude.

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Many thanks again,
Dr. J

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