Week 4 NFL Power Rankings: Oh, How The Mighty Have Fallen

By Joshua Soltman
September 25, 2013 11:31 am
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6th: Indianapolis Colts

The Colts put a whipping on San Francisco last week. Ahmad Bradshaw ran all over the place, and newly acquired RB Trent Richardson scored a touchdown on his first touch as a Colt.

Andrew Luck proved last season that he has immense talent. I'm not convinced that he has what it takes to win a super bowl; not with guys like Manning, Brady, Brees, and Ryan playing against him. I think he will get there soon though. I'm betting on the Colts going 11-5 but falling short in the playoffs. In 3-4 years I think we'll be talking about this team as the biggest powerhouse in the league.

5th: Chicago Bears

Chicago's defense is literally insane. Over the last 3 years they have scored more defensive touchdowns than any other team in the NFL. They are off to that same kind of play this year. They made Big Ben look like Tebow last week.

On the other side of the ball, QB Jay Cutler has become one step closer to elite. He has won two games this year with clutch drives in the fourth quarter. He's always had the receivers to get the job done. One of the most underrated running backs in the game, Matt Forte, wears a bears jersey too. The bears have a big game coming up in week 4 against their division rival, the Detroit lions. With Minnesota and Green Bay strugglilng, the division could very well come down to the lions and the bears.

4th: Kansas City Chiefs

I feel like a lot of people would disagree with the Chiefs being so high, and I could understand that. But there are a few reasons why the Chiefs should be considered as one of the most dangerous teams in the league.

First, the defense is scary good and getting better each week. Jamaal Charles is as dangerous a player as there is, both catching and carrying the ball. And Alex Smith, while not flashy or extravagant in any way, gets the job done. He has yet to committ a turnover. The Chiefs don't committ turnovers. The Chiefs should destroy the Giants this week, and carry that momentum going forward. The only thing holding the Chiefs back is that they are in the same division as the Broncos.

3rd: New Orleans Saints

The Saints are a quiet 3-0 this season. Drew Brees has quietly thrown for over 1,000 yards. Jimmy Graham has quietly caught 23 passes for 358 yards and four touchdowns. It seems like every year the Saints kind of go under the radar, or rather that everyone just expects them to win.

Sean Payton is back, Brees is playing well and has a strong supporting cast of receivers, the defense is 5th in the league in points per game allowed; all of these things are priming the Saints for a strong season. I called earlier that the Falcons will win the division. I still believe that, but if anyone is going to challenge them it will be Drew Brees and the Saints.

2nd: Seattle Seahawks

1st in points per game allowed, 1st in pass yards per game allowed, and 1st in total yards per game allowed. Many people would put the seahawks ranked 1st because of the defense, and i'll admit i almost did, but I just can't get over that bronco's offense. 

The Seahawks will run away with the division. I think they will only lose one game, when they play the patriots in Foxborough, but otherwise will dominate everyone. Russel Wilson and Marshawn Lynch are two of the best at their craft, but the Seattle defense is just deadly. I won't say that I think it's going to happen, but if the Seahawks end up in the super bowl I wouldn't be surprised.

1st: Denver Broncos

Peyton Manning, Demaryius Thomas, Eric Decker, Wes Welker, Julius Thomas. Are you kidding me? How can anyone compete with that pass offense? Not to mention that the broncos have a pretty solid running game going using three backs: Knowshon Moreno, Montee Ball, and Ronnie Hillman.

Let's put this in perspective. The Broncos rank 1st in the NFL with 42.3 points per game, 1st in the NFL with 486.7 total yards per game and 1st in the NFL with 374.7 pass yards per game. Manning has thrown for over 1,100 yards, 12 touchdowns, and has zero interceptions. Right now he looks unstoppable based on talent alone. When you add the fact that he's miles ahead of any other QB when it comes to the mental game it is just unfair.

It's almost an afterthought because of the destructive offense the broncos have, but the defense is not too shabby either. The broncos should be getting cornerback superstar Champ Bailey back from injury soon, as well as LB Von Miller back from suspension.

There are some dangerous teams out there, but right now Denver is on a completely different level. Period.

 

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6 months ago
Great article!!! Very informative. Excellent writing skills!!!
6 months ago
We have seen over the last 10 years that prolific offenses do not win the Super Bowl. Defense wins. So Manning can do what he did in Indy, have great numbers with excellent receivers, but the big question is the playoffs. Time will tell.
6 months ago

Good point. There's no doubt Manning has had his share of troubles in the playoffs, I may be mistaken but i think his career playoff record is 9-11.
You got me there about the defense too. Seattle's defense is much deeper than Denver's, and if Seattle goes into playoffs with home field advantage it will be tough to bet against them. It's still early, and it's a long season though.
6 months ago
Noone can beat Seattle
6 months ago
The Giants should be higher they will bounce back with a super bowl champion quarterback
6 months ago

Until the Giants can prove that they can win a game they don't deserve to be any higher. Personally, I think they're done. And I don't expect them to even compete against KC.
6 months ago
I agree Seattle is tough to beat because of their defense but match them up with Denver and I think the broncos pull it out.
6 months ago
Look at seattle coming back from the dead to pull out a win today that is the definition of a team that should be #1.
6 months ago

Didn't you see Denver drop 50 points?
6 months ago
Anybody could score that many on the eagles even the giants. The broncos are good i not denying but the seahawks are just the better team this year
6 months ago

I don't know, right now I don't think the Giants could beat anyone. And the Eagles' defense isn't that bad. Peyton was carving up their secondary, it was more of a win for Denver's offense than a loss for the Eagles' defense.
I just don't see how you can call Seattle the better team at this point. Russel Wilson is having a pedestrian year. All their success stems from the defense. Defense wins games but you still have to score, and Denver scores.
6 months ago
Eli Manning is a super bowl champion you can't ever rule him out. the division is bad so they could still have a chance to win it. +Denver still doesnt have the defense that seattle has. Seattle can score just as well as denver's.
6 months ago

I'm not disputing manning's track record, just saying that the team is playing the worst football I've ever seen the giants play. Seattle definitely doesn't have the offense Denver does that's a ridiculous statement. Denver has 3 top-12 wide receivers, Seattle has Tate.
6 months ago

Cant dispute seattle and denver anymore guess well see who takes t as the season goes on
6 months ago
If you dont trust the giants then who do you think comes out on top of the division?
6 months ago

At this point, the only team that looks like they could do it is the Cowboys. But, I'm a firm believer that the Cowboys will fall apart like they do pretty much every year. Philly is a fluke. I don't fully believe in RGIII, but I could see the Redskins having a minute chance to win if the defense can somehow learn how to play defense. Right now the only team I can bet on is the Cowboys.
6 months ago

Finally I can agree I still have faith that ny will pull it together but the cowboys are the only othet team who have a chance I don't think washington had a chace. I see that you are a lions fan how fo you see them finishing
6 months ago

Hopefully in first place.

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