NFL POWER RANKINGS: Week 4

Posted: September 28, 2012 in NFL FOOTBALL

 

2012 POWER RANKINGS: WEEK 4
RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING COMMENTS
1
Texans
3-0
 

The Texans look like the best team in the AFC right now….but talent has never been their issue. It’s always been HEALTH.
2
Falcons
3-0
(See above) Everything I said about the Texans, applies to the Falcons in the NFC. There ‘litmus test” will be how they perform in their first playoff game.  
3
Ravens
2-1
 —
Based on the calls made by the replacement refs, they could easily be 1-2. But they were hurt by the same bad calls the week before. 
4
49ers
2-1
 —
 Two weeks ago, this was considered the best team in the NFL. Maybe now they will realize that they have to play like it EVERY week.
5
Cardinals
3-0
 —
 We can continue to keep under-evaluating this team, but if you look closer, they have a good offense and a Top 5 defense.
6
Giants
2-1
 When expectations are low, they impress. When expectations are high, they depress.
7
Packers
1-2
 —
You can’t penalize them too much for the way their Monday Night game ended.  
8
Patriots
1-2
 —
Some phantom calls assisted in New England being 1-2 after this week.  
9
Eagles
2-1
 Finally, the turnover-prone Eagles have to pay for their many mistakes.
10
Seahawks
2-1
 —
 I say again, there were many “gifts” given by the replacement refs this week. But you have to give them credit for getting themselves in position to win in the first place.
11
Bears
2-1
 They look decent against mediocre competition, but this offense is not clicking like I expected!
12
Cowboys
2-1
 —
 Just as I said about their rival G-Men….when expections are low, they impress. When expectations are high, they depress.
13
Chargers
2-1
 —
 New weapons, same ol’ Chargers. Even in a weak division, they find a way to look mediocre.
14
Broncos
1-2
 —
 This team is better than 1-2 with Manning. But you can’t spot the other team 21 points before you decide to compete.
15
Bengals
2-1
 —
 Good young offense. Good young defense.
16
Steelers
1-2
 —
 As that defense gets older, it will need more help from the offense. And that isn’t going to fair well for them.
17
Jets
2-1
 —
A win is a win. But they may be harder to come by with CB Revis out for the season. 
18
Lions
1-2
 —
 Have they started to rely too much on OUTSCORING the other team…instead of playing defense?
19
Bills
2-1
 —
 Just like last season, injuries have ruled the day.
20
Buccaneers
1-2
 —
 This is not Madden NFL Football. RUN THE BALL!
21
Vikings
2-1
 —
 I think we can all agree that they have already exceeded expectations this season.
22
Redskins
1-2
 —
 I got back to the 2012 NBA Finals. 3-4 plays at the end of each of their games is deciding the outcome.
23
Panthers
1-2
 —
 Cam Newton is starting to look a lot like Michael Vick. Trying to do too much at the worst times.
24
Titans
1-2
 —
 Remember when Chris Johnson was a real threat and their defense could hold its own?
25
Rams
1-2
 —
We don’t talk about it much, but this team was coming into 2012 with a new Head Coach, new Defensive Coordinator, and young talent. The Saints scandal had an effect on them as well.  
26
Chiefs
1-2
 —
 This team knows what they are capable of when they can keep vital pieces like Dwayne Bowe, Jamaal Charles, and Matt Cassel healthy.
27
Raiders
1-2
 —
 Still waiting for them to live up to the potential we all believe they have.
28
Saints
0-3
 —
 I still can’t believe my eyes. The only good thing is that they are showing the value of having a good coach.
29
Dolphins
1-2
 —
I would ride Reggie Bush like Seattle Slew 
30
Jaguars
1-2
 —
(See above) MJD wants to complain. I would make him show his value. Either shape-up, or start rebuilding. 
31
Colts
1-2
 —
 (See above) This team decided to rebuild. Time will tell if it was the best decision.
32
Browns
0-3
 It’s not that their team is struggling. It’s the fact that year after year, they never seem to improve.

STUDS OF THE WEEK: MINNESOTA VIKINGS. It’s not simply the fact that they beat the team who looked to be the best team in the league. It’s that they boldly, and accurately, scouted San Fran’s defense, and went out there and backed up all the talk.

DUDS OF THE WEEK: CAROLINA PANTHERS. They played a good team in the New York Giants. But to let a team with several missing stars come in and punish you on offense is ridiculous.

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