Seahawks.NET Power Rankings - Week Four

Ah, parity, the bugbear of "Power Rankers" all across the nation. One thing is for sure, there isn't a whole heck of a lot of difference at this point in the season between #8 and #18. Most teams have yet to define themselves, although one overall trend appears to be emerging in 2005, namely stout defense and a healthy dose of running are compensating for less-than-stellar passing games. 

We see this in Denver, Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, Miami, Atlanta, Washington, and, shockingly, Indianapolis.  There wasn’t a whole lot of movement in the rankings this week but for a few exceptions.  Our big gainer this week was Denver who moved up 8 after a convincing Monday Night win and our big loser was the Jets who dropped 12 after losing two quarterbacks last Sunday.

This Week
Team
Commentary
Last Week
1
Tom Brady was perfect in the 4th quarter and that's why the Pats are back on top.
2
2
The Steelers had New England on the ropes but couldn't seal the deal.
1
3
After three weeks, Indy's defense has been stifling. If the offense ever gets into rhythm, they will climb to number one.
3
4
When your kicker plays hurt, you've got a gutsy team. Philly shouldn't have struggled as hard as they had to against the Raiders, but a win is a win.
4
5
The Bengals are all alone at the Top of the AFC North and are nipping at the heels of the Eagles in the Power Rankings.
7
6
Smashmouth football is back and better than ever in Tampa Bay.
8
7
The problem with a young aggressive defense is overpursuit. The Broncos exploited that weakness to the tune of 30 points.
5
8
Seattle has yet to separate themselves from the rest of the pack. An East Coast win against undefeated Washington will go a long way towards silencing the critics.
10
9
Vick's "tweaked" hammy might be the best thing to happen to his development as a passer.
11
10
Winning games in overtime is huge and shows maturity. Jacksonville is on the rise.
12
11
The Cowboys are this year's "cardiac kids" with all three games going down the wire.
15
12
A well coached, well executed win by the Broncos on Monday Night. They won't be able to run like that on Jacksonville this week.
20
13
Carolina has lost two very close games. These are the ones they were winning in 2003.
6
14
Someone finally got to Schottenheimer and reminded him to incorporate Tomlinson in his gameplan.
14
15
Miami is toughing out hard-fought victories with defense and rushing without Ricky Williams who will return from his suspension in 2 weeks.
18
16
The Giants had no answer for Tomlinson. They'd better work on an answer for Tory Holt.
9
17
Moving up two spots on bye. I'll need to see more offense from this team before they climb any higher.
19
18
Okay, we all know how potent the St. Louis offense is, but their pass defense has been woeful. That's gonna hurt 'em in the pass-happy NFC West.
21
19
The loss of Spikes in the middle and Losman's growing pains has Buffalo reeling.
13
20
This team lacks dicipline and it shows in shoddy play.
17
21
The Browns had an 82 yard punt return for a TD called back on a penalty. They lost by 7. D'oh!
22
22
Minnesota finally woke up and looked like the team they were supposed to be at the beginning of the season.
28
23
The Ravens offense was just as productive during their bye as they were in the first half of both their games this season.
23
24
Tennessee's secondary was torched repeatedly by the Rams. Still, they were in it until the end.
24
25
You can't turn over the ball 6 times in a game and expect to win.
25
26
The Jets freefall pushes up the Lions one spot on a bye week. After their trip to Tampa Bay, they'll be headed south again.
27
27
So which team will show up this week? The team that lit up the supposedly stout Cowboys defense or the team that took 3 quarters to cross midfield against the Eagles? I haven't got a clue.
29
28
Pennington's gone for the season, Feilder's out indefinitely, and Martin has struggled all year. The Jets will need a miracle to rescue this season.
16
29
A missed extra point and another horrendous "down by contact" ruling conspired to keep the Pack winless.
30
30
Playing the Eagles tough should have boosted this team higher but they still can't stop shooting themselves in the foot. Missed FG's, drive extending penalties and a Randy Moss drop on third down ... I've never seen a team so eager to hand the game over to their opponents.
31
31
How do you let second stringers run off a 12-play, 53-yard, 6 1/2 minute drive against your starters? Yuck.
26
32
Holding steady in the basement. Going on the road to face the hottest team in football (Cincinnati) isn't going to help.
32


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