NorthwestFootball.net Power Rankings: Week 4

Are the G-Men still #1? If the Browns don't have a quarterback, does it even matter? And what about the 30 teams inbetween? Dylan Johnson has all the answers in this week's Power Rankings.

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NEW YORK GIANTS Good teams manhandle bad teams. The Giants are a very good team.
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NEW ORLEANS SAINTS We all know Drew Brees and the high-flying Saints offense couldn't keep up their torrid pace forever. Still, they had more than enough to put down the Bills.
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BALTIMORE RAVENS Baltimore looked great, but they were playing the Browns so I can't justify moving them up in the rankings this week.
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INDIANAPOLIS COLTS Early trend: the Colts are much better on the road then they are at home. Remedy: start playing bad teams at home. Right on cue, here come the Seahawks.
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NEW YORK JETS For the second straight year, a rookie quarterback is flourishing on a team with a stout offensive line and a strong defense. Anyone in Oakland taking notice?
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PHILADELPHIA EAGLES The Eagles throttled Kansas City without Donovan McNabb. They'd better hope he's back soon, because most teams aren't that bad.
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MINNESOTA VIKINGS He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named just chucked a ball on a wing and a prayer, Greg Lewis made the great play. Percy Harvin's 101 yard kickoff return might have helped, too.
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NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS Tom Brady and the Pats offense is still struggling to score touchdowns. Wow, never thought I'd type that sentence.
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SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS The loss of Frank Gore looms large in the immediate future. San Francisco is one special teams lapse away from 3-0.
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ATLANTA FALCONS Atlanta was given plenty of chances to put last weekend's game vs. New England away but offense never got going.
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SAN DIEGO CHARGERS Defenses are keying on Sproles and shutting down the Bolts rushing attack. Philip Rivers can carry the team for a while but San Diego could really use L.T. back.
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GREEN BAY PACKERS Aaron Rodgers was cool under pressure, but you'd like to see less pressure. Looks like the 3-4 is working out nicely in Green Bay.
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CHICAGO BEARS The Bears squeaked out a win against a backup QB and despite two missed Figgies by the Seahawks. That does not inspire confidence. On the other hand, a win is a win.
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DALLAS COWBOYS The Cowboys beat the bad teams and lose to the good ones. That's not going to put them into the postseason.
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CINCINNATI BENGALS Carson Palmer and the Bengals faced two fourth downs on the game winning drive and converted both. That tells you that this ain't the same ol' Bungles.
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PITTSBURGH STEELERS The Steelers came up short again after looking like they were going to steamroll Cincinnati in the first half. I'm thinking the lack of a running game is an issue.
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BUFFALO BILLS Fred Jackson is averaging almost 5 yards a carry and is #4 in the NFL in rushing yards and you want him to split time?
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ARIZONA CARDINALS Arizona is 0-fer at home so far and got spanked by Indy in front of a national audience.
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DENVER BRONCOS Denver ran roughshod over the lowly Raiders to jump out to 3-0. Somewhere out there lurks the other shoe.
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JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS Jacksonville woke up this week and is apparently interested in playing some football. Let's see how long it lasts.
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HOUSTON TEXANS All around the nation, Fantasy Football owners are cursing the Texans and Steve Slaton.
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TENNESSEE TITANS Tennessee has the dubious honor of being the best 0-3 team in football.
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MIAMI DOLPHINS Miami's offense wasn't that good to begin with. Without their starting QB, they're in deep trouble.
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SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Seattle fans complain about not getting taken seriously by anyone not in the Pacific Northwest, and then their team takes the field in the ugliest uniforms in the history of professional sports. Whoever made that decision should be forced to wear lime green leisure suits for a year.
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DETROIT LIONS Detroit is off the schnide. They're still not very good, but first things first.
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WASHINGTON REDSKINS The Redskins offense is pathetic this year.
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OAKLAND RAIDERS For some reason the pundits are all over Oakland this week … like they haven't sucked for the last seven years? Why all of the sudden now?
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CAROLINA PANTHERS Jake Delhomme has to have lost the locker room by now. Certainly no defensive players are taking him out to dinner…
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KANSAS CITY CHIEFS I'd like to say that Kansas City has a foundation to build on, but really they've got more holes in their roster than Blackburn, Lancashire.
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ST. LOUIS RAMS The fact that St. Louis moved up two spots this week has less to do with how the Rams play and more to do with how epically bad Tampa and Cleveland are.
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TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS Tampa Bay is just flat out lousy on both sides of ball. Changing quarterbacks ain't gonna help much. See: Browns, Cleveland.
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CLEVELAND BROWNS The Browns offense is historically bad. Like '76 Bucs bad. Unlike the inaugural Bucs, the Browns have no defense to speak of either. Oh, and the players loathe the head coach.

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