NFL Picks: Power Rankings Heading Into Week 5
Week 4 is in the books in our NFL picks and now march onward and upward as Swinger gives us his take on who’s a contender and who’s a pretender.
1. Denver Broncos (4-0) – Unless you’re from Seattle it’s virtually impossible to keep the buckin’ Broncos out of the top slot. Manning is having an historic season and this new Orange Crush continues to decimate the competition.
2. Seattle Seahawks (4-0) – Last week this talented team proved their grit as they came back from nowhere to upend the Texans in OT to remain undefeated on the season.
3. New Orleans Saints (4-0) – The Saints marched right through previously undefeated Miami as they squished the Fish to the tune of 38-17 led by a Drew Brees aerial assault.
4. New England Patriots (4-0) – Though the Patriots are holding their offense together with duct tape and chewing gum, they continue to roll with no bigger victory than last week’s road triumph over the Atlanta Falcons.
5. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) – And the beat goes on in KC as the
castoff QB from Frisco and the no-nonsense coach, exiled from Philly, work
their magic by burying Big Blue in front of the frenzied fans at Arrowhead.
6. Indianapolis Colts (3-1) –Andrew Luck is as cool as the other side of the pillow and the Indianapolis defense is taking no prisoners as the Colts blowout the toothless Jags.
7. Detroit Lions (3-1) – The Lions proved it’s not all about Stafford to Megatron as
Reggie Bush emerged to blast the Bears while the Detroit defense made life
miserable for Chicago QB Jay Cutler in a 40-32 home victory that was not as
close as the score indicated.
8. San Francisco 49’ers (2-2) – We all knew it was just a matter of time before the 49’ers
shook out of their funk and got back on track.
Colin Kaepernick struck for a pair of touchdowns and Frank Gore led a
dominant rushing attack over the overmatched Rams on Thursday night.
9. Green Bay Packers (1-2) – The Pack enjoyed their bye week but will get back to business against the Lions in Week 5. Road losses to San Francisco and Cincinnati have set them back early but like the Niners, look for this squad to rebound big time.
10. Miami Dolphins (3-1) – The Dolphins got beat up on the Bayou but will return to the Sunshine State for a date with the Ravens this Sunday.
11. Tennessee Titans (3-1) – Jake Locker tossed three TD’s before he was knocked out of the game against the Jets while his team has yet to turn the ball over this season. Mistake free football and an aggressive defense have been the keys to Tennessee’s success this season.
12. Houston Texans (2-2) – One could say the Texans faded down the stretch against the Seahawks or maybe the C-word *cough cough – gurgle gurgle* is appropriate in this context. Houston is dangerous but if they can’t beat the big boys, they’ll be out of the picture.
13. Chicago Bears (3-1) – The Bears got waxed in Motown as Jay Cutler looked bedraggled and bewildered, tossing three picks which contributed to their first defeat on the young season. Matt Forte and Ashlon Jeffery provided the only spark on a dark day for Chicago.
14. San Diego Chargers (2-2) – Not bad implies moderately good which pretty much sums up the Chargers this year. They completely shut down the Cowboys in the second half of their game on Sunday to even their record on the back of a potent offense led by Phillip Rivers.
15. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) – Clearly the wind had been let of the Cats’ sails after their stunning victory over Green Bay the previous week before they suited up for the Battle of Ohio. The Bengals are too talented to be derailed long term.
16. Buffalo Bills (2-2) – Enigmatic, mercurial, confounding and a few other words I can’t pronounce describe the Bills as they bowed to the Jets in Week 3 only to stun the defending World Champion Baltimore Ravens on Sunday. And you wonder why they call it the National Football Lottery?
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17. Baltimore Ravens (2-2) - Don't fret Ravens fans, I realize this ranking seems a bit harsh but they did lose to the Bills after all. However, I believe it to be a temporary setback particularly when you consider their win over the Texans the week before.
18. Atlanta Falcons (1-3) - Matty Ice racked up over 400 yards passing, Julio Jones hauled in six passes for over 100 yards and the ageless Tony Gonzalez had a monster night with 149 yards receiving and two trips into the endzone. But even all of that wasn't enough to get the win over the Patriots and the Dirty Birds are now close to pushing the panic button.
19. Dallas Cowboys (2-2) - Dallas wilted on both sides of the ball in the second half of their game against the Bolts but are still tops in a hellacious NFC East.
20. Arizona Cardinals (2-2) - The Cardinals won ugly over the Bucs but a win is a win and they have a crafty QB in Carson Palmer staying cool even when the fire is hot.
21. Carolina Panthers (1-2) - Cam Newton and his crew were on a bye in Week 4 but expect big things when they return after a 38-0 shellacking of the NY Giants in their last game.
22. Cleveland Browns (2-2) - Things have gotten decidedly more interesting over the past few weeks since they traded Trent Richardson and watched Brandon Weeden go down with an injury. All the Brownies have done is win both their games since the first-round, can't miss QB/RB tandem of the 2012 draft have already flamed out in C-Town.
23. Washington Redskins (1-3) - RGIII stayed composed, the Skins rallied and the defense was relentless as Washington picked up their first win of the season in Oakland.
24. NY Jets (2-2) - If the rankings were predicated exclusively on what teams did last week then it's safe to say the Jets wouldn't even be this high as they were stomped by the Titans. However, Sexy Rexy has his troops playing hard with wins over the Bucs, Bills and a close encounter against the powerhouse Patriots.
25. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3) - I keep waiting for that frenetic, high-octane offense that Chip Kelly ostensibly brought to Philadelphia but all I see is a defense that gets torched week after week.
26. Minnesota Vikings (1-3) - Matt Cassel subbed for the injured Christian Ponder and the results were impressive as Greg Jennings caught fire and the Vikes rolled over the Steelers at Wembley. AP was immense - again!
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) - Rookie Mike Glennon was tapped to replace the veteran Josh Freeman and the kid looked pretty good until crunch time when he folded like a lawn chair in the Florida sunshine. But though this offense is offensive, the defense remains stout.
28. Oakland Raiders (1-3) - The Silver & Black appear to be reversing course from an optimistic beginning. They played the Colts tough on the road in their opener, beat up the Jags and then kept it somewhat respectable in Mile High when they bowed to the Broncos but last week they simply disappeared in the second half in their loss to Washington.
29. St. Louis Rams (1-3) - Does Sam Bradford lack talent or talented receivers? Perhaps a bit of both as the Rams fell behind by double digits for the fourth week in a row and were blown out by the 49'ers.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4) - The land of Big Ben did nothing for its namesake who was dressed in a Steelers uniform on Sunday as Pittsburgh gets run over by Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings.
31. NY Giants (0-4) – After Big Blue’s latest destruction at the hands of the Chiefs, defensive end Justin Tuck declared he would punch any of his teammates in the mouth who turn on head coach Tom Coughlin. Finally, something entertaining coming out of the Meadowlands.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4) – Another game, another humiliation. Maybe the NFL should consider shipping the Jags to the SEC. On second thought, better make it the Sun Belt Conference.
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