My 2016 NFL Power Rankings Week 4
NFL Power Rankings
These are the last few hours I have left on this Earth as a 32-year-old. Yes, my birthday may be tomorrow but that doesn't mean I can take the night off from Power Rankings. Especially since I missed last week. If anything, the fact that these are my last fleeting moments as a 32-year-old it should be motivation to write about all 32 NFL teams. Symmetry. If you are new to my musings, well, I do love me some symmetry. So let's get down to it, shall we?
1. Denver Broncos (4-0) ~ The champs stay undefeated, however, they may have lost their starting quarterback when Trevor Siemian went down with a shoulder injury. Rookie Paxton Lynch finished out the win over Tampa Bay but Denver doesn't need much out of their QB's. It's all about the D in Denver.
2. Minnesota Vikings (4-0) ~ No Teddy Bridgewater. No Adrian Peterson. No issues so far in Minnesota. The Vikes are off to a 4-0 start and aren't playing any patsies either as they've dispatched Green Bay and Carolina so far.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1) ~ A Week after Pittsburgh was embarrassed by the cross-state Eagles they busted out the whooping stick against Kansas City. Ben Roethlisberger threw for five touchdowns and oh yea, Le'Veon Bell is back from suspension. This Steeler offense is scary when it clicks and it clicks often.
4. New England Patriots (3-1) ~ Reality finally caught up with New England as the Patriots suffered their first shutout at home since 1993. Look for them to get back on the scoreboard, and often, this weekend when they visit Cleveland with ol' number 12 back under center.
5. Seattle Seahawks (3-1) ~ Don't look now but Jimmy Graham looks to be rounding into a groove in Seattle. The former top flight tight end in New Orleans has 16 catches for 266 yards and a score in four games. If he and Russell Wilson build a rapport it could be dangerous for the rest of the NFC West.
6. Philadelphia Eagles (3-0) ~ Rookie quarterback Carson Wentz is getting all the pub, and deservedly so, in Philadelphia but there's more too this team than their dynamic signal caller. Through three games the Eagles defense has allowed just 27 points. I'm no math major but that's an average of nine a week. You can win a lot of games when you keep your opponents off the scoreboard.
7. Atlanta Falcons (3-1) ~ Matt Ryan threw for a franchise-record 503 yards and Julio Jones accounted for 300 of those which is also a franchise-record. Atlanta has scored 152 points already which is the most in the NFL by far.
8. Green Bay Packers (2-1) ~ The Packers are averaging just 193 yards per game which is 29th in the league. Something tells me that Aaron Rodgers and Green Bay will get those numbers way up as the season progresses.
9. Oakland Raiders (3-1) ~ Oakland is 3-0 on the road for the first time since 2002. That happens to be the last time they looked anything like a competitive football team. This Oakland squad could be a serious playoff threat in the AFC.
10. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) ~ Baltimore parted ways with running back Justin Forsett which opens the door for Terrance West to get the lion's share of carries. That sounds about right considering I dropped West from one of my fantasy teams the other day. Sigh.
11. Houston Texans (3-1) ~ Three-time defensive player of the year J.J. Watt is out for the season and while that is a huge loss, the play of former overall number one pick Jadeveon Clowney is showing signs he could be the star Houston was hoping for when the drafted him.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) ~ Their losses are to Pittsburgh and Denver which are a combined 7-1 on the year. Their 2-2 record might not look as pretty as some of the other teams out there but make no mistake. This Bengals team is for real.
13. Dallas Cowboys (3-1) ~ I mentioned earlier that all the talk in Philly is about Mr. Wentz but Dallas seems to have found themselves a hell of a rookie quarterback as well. Dak Prescott has looked impressive and has yet to throw a pick over his first four games. Something Wentz will look to do this coming Sunday.
14. Carolina Panthers (1-3) ~ A team that lost just one game in the regular season has already tripled that total in just the first quarter of the season. Couple that with Cam Newton's concussion issues and the Panthers are hanging on to a top half ranking by a thread.
15. Arizona Cardinals (1-3) ~ Another team with Super Bowl aspirations that has stumbled out of the gate. Carson Palmer was forced to leave Sunday's game and if he needs to miss any more time the Cards could be in big trouble.
16. Los Angeles Rams (3-1) ~ Member Week One? I member Week One. The Rams looked pitiful in a 28-0 shutout at the hands of San Francisco. Since then they've toppled Seattle and Arizona and all of a sudden they look dangerous. All of this while top overall pick Jared Goff holds a clipboard on the sideline.
17. New York Giants (2-2) ~ Rumor has it that star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. is being touted as the new Terrell Owens. Talented but a whiner and a crybaby. After Monday night's loss ODB threw his quarterback under the bus. If there's one thing we know about T.O. it that he wouldn't do that to his quarterback.
18. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) ~ Jamaal Charles made his return to the gridiron this past weekend after recovering from a torn ACL suffered last year. If he can return to form the Chiefs get back one of the top three backs in the league.
19. Buffalo Bills (2-2) ~ Buffalo started 0-2 and most people, myself included, figured Rex Ryan wouldn't be around to finish the season. A home win against Arizona and a shutout in New England later and Ryan's job is safer than it has been since he was first brought to Buffalo.
20. Washington Redskins (2-2) ~ Like Buffalo, Washington started 0-2 and has rebounded to win their past two. Unlike Buffalo, the Skins and their fans have to still be a little concerned after too close for comfort victories over the Giants and winless Cleveland Browns.
21. San Diego Chargers (1-3) ~ Two late fourth quarter fumbles sealed San Diego's fate Sunday as they blew yet another lead. Philip Rivers and company will need to step it up the next two weeks against AFC rivals Denver and Oakland lest they might be out of the race seemingly before it even started.
22. New York Jets (1-3) ~ Brandon Marshall, Matt Forte, Quincy Enunwa and the now injured Eric Decker make for excellent targets for Ryan Fitzpatrick. Why he continues to throw it to people wearing opposing jerseys boggles the mind. That's nine, NINE, interceptions in the last two weeks for Fitz which is surely giving Jets fans tantrums.
23. Indianapolis Colts (1-3) ~ Last year, when Andrew Luck was hurt, it was easy to give the Colts a pass. This year, not so much. Head Coach Chuck Pagano was given an extension at the beginning of the year but he might feel that leash beginning to tighten considering the quality of opponents Indy has faced (excluding Denver) are a combined 3-9.
24. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) ~ Jacksonville picked up their first win of the year across the pond over the weekend. Is it me or does Jacksonville play a game in London every year?
25. Detroit Lions (1-3) ~ The Lions are a play or two away each week from being 4-0. They are also a play or two away in Week One from being 0-4. Calvin Johnson may be gone but these are the same old Lions.
26. New Orleans Saints (1-3) ~ Drew Brees has been in New Orleans for so long that I found it hard to believe this past weekend was his first game in San Diego since he left after the 2005 season.
27. Tennessee Titans (1-3) ~ DeMarco Murray looks like a man reborn. After a lost season in Philadelphia the former star running back has rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns the past two weeks. If he can keep up that production it will only help in Marcus Mariota's development under center.
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) ~ Tampa may be struggling but Mike Evans is doing anything but. Denver's top notch defense held him out of the end zone for the first time this season but Evans has at least five catches and 59 yards in every game so far.
29. Chicago Bears (1-3) ~ Minnesota isn't the only NFC North team down a starting quarterback and running back. Chicago got one in the win column this past weekend behind backups Brian Hoyer and Jordan Howard.
30. Miami Dolphins (1-3) ~ OK, starting the season with three road games in Seattle, New England and Cincinnati in their first four would be tough for anyone. The bigger concern is that it took overtime, and some luck, to squeak by Cleveland in their lone win.
31. San Francisco 49ers (1-3) ~ Member Week One? Member when the 49ers posted a shutout to start the season 1-0? Since then they've been outscored 107 to 64 in just three games. Yikes.
32. Cleveland Browns (0-4) ~ They've at least been a competitive 0-4 but things will not get easier this weekend when they host the Patriots and the return of Tom Brady. Poor, poor Cleveland.
That's all she wrote folks. Questions? Comments? Feel free to leave them right here. Or if that's not good enough you can follow/harass me on Twitter @therichwhiteguy. It wouldn't be the biggest waste of your time.