NFL Picks: Power Rankings Heading Into Week 4

Swinging Johnson

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 1:04 PM GMT

Wednesday, Sep. 25, 2013 1:04 PM GMT

With three weeks of the regular season in the books we have some early surprises but let's see if we can use these rankings to help us in our NFL picks this weekend. 

Check out our NFL Picks: Week 4 Betting Odds Report for up-to-date info on line movements.

1. Seattle Seahawks (3-0) - Yes, they crushed the Jags and covered the, big number but this vaunted defense did allow 17 second half points to a miserable offense. Me thinks the Seattle Seahawks either got disinterested or maybe compassionate.

2. Denver Broncos (3-0) - Peyton Manning is immense and the Broncos continue to steamroll any foe in their way with the Raiders being the latest to get flattened. If the old adage is true that defense wins championships then maybe the Seahawks have the advantage. Maybe.

3. New Orleans Saints (3-0) – What a difference a coach makes. Sean Payton returns from exile and ramps up his defense en route to a 31-7 pasting of the Cardinals and an undefeated record.

4. New England Patriots (3-0) – The Pats defeated their third consecutive weak-kneed opponent but only now the offense is starting to click while the defense remains ferocious.

5. Chicago Bears (3-0) – The Monsters of the Midway are traditionally known for their defense but this year’s edition is putting up plenty of crooked numbers as they torched the Steelers for 40 points in Pittsburgh, easily covering the NFL odds.

6. Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) – The Cats hung tough with the Packers and rallied in the fourth quarter with a huge pick from their defense that snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

7. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) – Andy Reid’s successful homecoming in Philadelphia was just another step towards completing the reclamation project in Kansas City. Two picks (including one for a touchdown) and six sacks have the Chiefs turning heads around the league.

8. Green Bay Packers (1-2) – Green Bay was this close to defeating the Bengals on the road so don’t let their 1-2 record fool you. The Packers are still among the best though this defense needs to stop the pass – and soon!

9. Baltimore Ravens (2-1) – Special teams and an opportunistic defense, even without erstwhile stalwarts Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, makes the defending Super Bowl champs tough as nails at home as the Texans found out.

10. Houston Texans (2-1) – I think the Texans were just plain gassed after rallying back from big deficits late in their first two games of the season. But was their thumping in Baltimore proof of a bad day against a terrific defense or are they in fact a tiger made of paper?

11. Miami Dolphins (3-0) – Though I am convinced Miami is nothing more than a gritty team, their victory over the Falcons on Sunday and an undefeated record cannot be ignored.

12. Indianapolis Colts (2-1) – Nothing lucky about the way Andrew marshaled his forces and led the Colts to the stunner of the day when Indy dominated the 49’ers at Candlestick. Are they really this good or has San Francisco fallen that far?

13. Dallas Cowboys (2-1) – I know there are legions of Romo detractors but the Lone Star gunslinger is getting the job done, complemented by a healthy DeMarco Murray as they obliterate the Rams and declare they’re for real.

14. Detroit Lions (2-1) – The Lions ended 74 years of road failure against the Skins and Matt Stafford continues to launch more rockets than Hezbollah but the defense needs to stiffen.

15. San Francisco 49’ers (1-2) – If the season ended today, sure the Niners would be much lower than this but do we really and truly believe this team is as bad as it looked against the Colts? They’ll be back.

16. Atlanta Falcons (1-2) – Expectations for the Falcons soared (pun intended) before the season but losses to the Saints and Dolphins with a win wedged in between over the Rams leaves me wondering if this team's championship window has closed.

17. Tennessee Titans (2-1) – Jake Locker tears off his glasses and puts on his cape, leading the Titans to victory with only seconds remaining over the Bolts. The Titans playin’ tough in the Music City.

18. New York Jets (2-1) – The Jets may not win pretty but by God they’re winning! Sexy Rexy sporting his slim new figure and big white teeth has plenty to smile about with a gutsy win over divisional rival Buffalo on Sunday.

19. San Diego Chargers (1-2) – The Chargers channeled the spirit of former coach Norv Turner and blew another one late in the game. Bolts fans are thinking – oh no, not this sh** again!

20. Carolina Panthers (1-2) – We all knew Cam Newton and the Panthers would break out of their funk after losing in a game effort to the Seahawks and getting edged by a point to the Bills. But Carolina didn’t just break out; they exploded in a 38-0 rout of the New York Giants.

21. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2) - I don't really give a damn that the Eagles have lost their last two games, the fact of the matter is that there is football in Philly again. Last week the Chiefs put a lid on all the high-octane, fun ' gun appeal that Chip Kelly has wrought but that's one helluva KC defense. Despite their momentary lapse this Eagles offense will continue to produce points.

22. St. Louis Rams (1-2) - The Rams offensive line found out what happens when you go from an impenetrable wall to a crumbling pastry shell - sacks happen. Sam Bradford was hurried, pressured and decked throughout as the Cowboys tamed the Rams 31-7.

23. Buffalo Bills (1-2) - Maybe the Buffalo Bills deserve more credit than this. Not much more mind you as they did lose to the Jets by a touchdown last week but they did hang tough with the Patriots and notched a win over the Panthers.

24. Oakland Raiders (1-2) - While there's no shame in getting dominated by arguably the best team in football, there is a mountain of concern that emerging quarterback Terrelle Pryor will recover quickly from a murderous blow suffered in the Raiders Monday night loss to the Broncos.

25. Washington Redskins (0-3) - If it weren't for some crucial mistakes the Redskins could very well have defeated the Lions. RGIII is still a stud, the Redskins are not terrible and this may very well be the nadir of the season.

26. Arizona Cardinals (1-2) - Though the Cardinals got beat up by the Saints and dropped their opener to the Rams they did show some pluck in Week 2 by eking out a victory over a more talented Detroit Lions squad. And for that they win the 24th spot by default. Look for them to be perennial cellar dwellers in our NFL power rankings this year.

27. Tampa Bay Bucs (1-2) - The Bucs got stomped by the Patriots but their defense is actually better than most. The offense however, is downright offensive.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3) - How low can I drop the Steelers before it's just plain vindictive? Let's face it, when a formidable franchise like the Steelers falters we like to pile on but the truth of the matter is that the Steelers should rebound but are still a shell of their former selves.

29. Cleveland Browns (1-2) - So here are the keys to victory in Cleveland. Trade the running back you drafted third overall last season and replace your injured "franchise" quarterback with a third-stringer who had started only one game in his pro career and voila - victory! But don't get too excited Brown's backers, the only thing that happened was that your lousy team beat a lousier team in Minnesota.

30. New York Giants (0-3) - Maybe the Giants demise is even more delicious than Pittsburgh's because it is after all, New York, and it's fun to watch Old Man Coughlin's face get even ruddier than usual while the purple veins in his nose pulsate with every profanity he utters.

31. Minnesota Vikings (0-3) - How can a team that showed so much spunk in a losing effort on the road last week against Chicago then host the lowly Browns the following week and get drilled? Oh, I dunno...maybe because they suck?

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3) - In a battle of worst meets first, the Jags could not even cover a humongous number in NFL odds when they flew into Seattle and flew out with yet another embarrassing loss.

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