After four weeks, the only thing that remains constant is that the Broncos are the best team in the NFL. Other than that, the power rankings have seen some pretty big changes. The Saints are now the number two team, and teams that were initially in the top 5 are now slipping out of the top 10.
One of the best parts of an NFL season is how unpredictable it is, and it will be fun to see how the power rankings change throughout the rest of the year.
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1. Denver Broncos (4-0, Last Week: 1)
As the weeks go by, the Broncos look more and more like the NFL’s best team. Led by the perfect Peyton Manning, who hasn’t thrown an interception this season, Denver is making it look easy. The Broncos aren’t the only undefeated team in the AFC, but so far, they look like the best team in the conference.
2. New Orleans Saints (4-0, Last Week: 3)
Suddenly the Seahawks don’t look like the obvious favorites in the NFC anymore. The Saints dominated the previously undefeated Dolphins on Monday night, showing that Seattle isn’t the only complete team in the NFC. Like the Seahawks, the Saints have a productive offense, a playmaking defense, and a home stadium that is tough on opponents.
3. Seattle Seahawks (4-0, Last Week: 2)
The Seahawks had to make a big comeback to beat the Texans last weekend, which raises questions about whether they can dominate on the road like they do at home. Either way, this is still a top 5 team that no one wants to play. Russell Wilson and the defense made great plays against Houston, and both sides of the ball show no signs of slowing down.
4. New England Patriots (4-0, Last Week: 5)
On paper, the Pats don’t look very good, but as long as they have Tom Brady and Bill Belichick, they’ll be successful. Brady still needs to get better chemistry with his young wide receivers, but that should improve as the season goes on. Once he’s in sync with his teammates, New England should be more productive.
5. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0, Last Week: 7)
Getting coach Andy Reid and quarterback Alex Smith might be the two best acquisitions any team made this past offseason. Kansas City has looked great since they arrived. Smith has weapons he can trust and the defense puts constant pressure on opposing quarterbacks. That’s a blueprint for how to be a playoff team.
6. Indianapolis Colts (3-1, Last Week: 8)
They’re not very exciting, but the Colts are dangerous. Quarterback Andrew Luck has the offense scoring 26 points a game, while the defense is fourth in points allowed. If the Houston Texans continue to struggle, Indy could end up a division champ in a weak AFC South.
7. Chicago Bears (3-1, Last Week: 10)
The Bears stumbled against the Detroit Lions last week, but scoring 32 points will usually result in a win. It looks like the Bears and Lions will battle for the NFC North, and Chicago should win because it’s more disciplined and consistent than Detroit. Look for the Bears to be a contender in the NFC playoff picture.
8. San Francisco 49ers (2-2, Last Week: 9)
After two straight losses, the 49ers looked like the team that went to the Super Bowl last year. Now, it’s up to Colin Kaepernick and Frank Gore to prove that the team that beat the Rams last week is the real thing. If they can play like they did against St. Louis every week, the 49ers will be back among the league’s best teams.
9. Miami Dolphins (3-1, Last Week: 6)
Against New Orleans on Monday night, Miami showed it has a long way to go before it can be considered a great team. The Saints outplayed them, but the Dolphins are still a quality team that can compete in the AFC. They’re only one game behind the Patriots in the AFC East, so keep an eye out for that divisional battle.
10. Detroit Lions (3-1, Last Week: 21)
When Reggie Bush is on the field, the Lions are a much better team. After missing a game with a knee injury, Bush rushed for 139 yards and a touchdown to help Detroit beat Chicago. The Lions will have to prove they can play this way every week. If they can stay consistent, they will be a tough matchup.
11. Tennessee Titans (3-1, Last Week: 17)
The Titans are clearly a good team, but quarterback Jake Locker will miss some time with a hip injury.
12. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2, Last week: 4)
Great teams don’t lose to the Browns. The Bengals must redeem themselves.
13. San Diego Chargers (2-2, Last week: 15)
The AFC West is too good for the Chargers to compete, but quarterback Philip Rivers is in charge of one of the better teams in the NFL.
14. Houston Texans (2-2, Last week: 6)
The Texans almost beat the Seahawks, but ended up losing a disappointing game.
15. Arizona Cardinals (2-2, Last week: 19)
Quarterback Carson Palmer has the Cards playing .500 football, which is an improvement on past years.
16. Buffalo Bills (2-2, Last week: 20)
Though the Ravens aren’t as good as they were last year, it’s always a big accomplishment to beat the defending champs. That’s exactly what the Bills did last weekend.
17. Green Bay Packers (1-2, Last week: 13)
The Packers had a bye week last weekend, and need to catch up in the NFC North race.
18. Atlanta Falcons (1-3, Last week: 12)
Seattle and New Orleans have passed Atlanta by in the NFC.
19. Baltimore Ravens (2-2, Last week: 11)
Joe Flacco added to an already disappointing start of the season by throwing five interceptions against the Bills.
20. Dallas Cowboys (2-2, Last week: 16)
Despite being 2-2, Dallas is in first place in a weak NFC East.
21. Cleveland Browns (2-2, Last week: 22)
All of a sudden the Browns are .500 and have won two in a row.
22. St. Louis Rams (1-3, Last week: 18)
The Rams need to turn things around fast, or else they’ll quickly fall out of the playoff race.
23. New York Jets (2-2, Last week: 23)
Quarterback Geno Smith had a tough day against the Titans on Sunday, and the Jets must regroup.
24. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3, Last week: 25)
The Eagles are fun to watch, but excitement doesn’t always equal wins.
25. Washington Redskins (1-3, Last week: 29)
Washington finally got its first win over Oakland last weekend, and a victory over Dallas after a bye week would help the Redskins gain ground in the division.
26. Minnesota Vikings (1-3, Last week: 28)
Quarterback Matt Cassel filled in for Christian Ponder and got Minnesota its first win of the year.
27. Carolina Panthers (1-2, Last week: 24)
Coming off of a bye week, the Panthers play the Cardinals, and a win in that game would put Carolina at .500.
28. Oakland Raiders (1-3, Last week: 26)
The Raiders must hope quarterback Terrelle Pryor and running back Darren McFadden can quickly get back to full health from their injuries.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4, Last week: 27)
The new goal for the winless Steelers should be to not finish last in the AFC North.
30. New York Giants (0-4, Last week: 30)
The Giants are making a case for being the most disappointing team of the season.
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4, Last week: 31)
The drama with quarterback Josh Freeman combined with their 0-4 record is making this a nightmare year for the Bucs.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4, Last week: 32)
A 37-3 loss to the Colts was just the latest embarrassment for the Jaguars.
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