Thursday, September 29, 2005

NFL Power Rankings--Week 4

Here are this week's NFL power rankings and after you are finished, please listen to the Eagles podcast at

1. Colts (2005 record: 3-0, Last week: No. 1): Another strong performance by the defense and the offense is playing on the conservative side.

2. Patriots (2-1, No. 5): Strong game going on the road to beat Pittsburgh. Tom Brady goes 12-for-12 in the fourth quarter. Loss of Rodney Harrison could be critical.

3. Eagles (2-1, No. 3): Playing with pain games by Donovan McNabb and David Akers lift Philly over the Raiders. Injuries could be very costly as the season progresses.

4. Steelers (2-1, No. 2): Patriots showed again who is the best team in the AFC. The Steelers are a close second. Bye week.

5. Falcons (2-1, No. 7): Warrick Dunn, T.J. Duckett and Michael Vick rush for 236 yards and beat Buffalo on the road. Get the Vikings at home next.

6. Bengals (3-0, No. 9): Cincinnati looks like they are in hunt to stay. Watch out, Pittsburgh. Should go to 4-0 with Houston next.

7. Buccaneers (3-0, No. 10): Tampa Bay goes into Green Bay and wins for the first time since ... it' too long to remember.

8. Seahawks (2-1, No. 14): The Seahawks made a statement against the Cardinals. They will be the team to beat in the NFC West.

9. Chargers (1-2, No. 13): They are only 1-2, but would you be convinced if they beat the Patriots this week?

10. Jaguars (2-1, No. 16): Another team relying on its defense to win. Should handle Denver at home.

11. Broncos (2-1, No. 18): A convincing home win over the Chiefs on Monday night. The Jags will be a tough test in short week.

12. Chiefs (2-1, No. 6): Reality check. Kansas City has to follow a 30-10 loss to Denver by playing the Eagles.

13. Giants (2-1, No. 8): A second-half collapse in San Diego is nothing to be ashamed of.

14. Panthers (1-2, No. 4): A Monday night home win against Green Bay should help the Carolina forget its loss to the Dolphins.

15. Cowboys (2-1, No. 17): Dallas needed a big second half to come from behind against the 49ers. A trap game at Oakland awaits.

16. Rams (2-1, No. 19): The Rams struggled at home against the Titans, but they did get the win. Face the Giants on road in a game that could help determine the makeup of the NFC.

17. Vikings (1-2, No. 24): Minnesota wins the must-win game against the Saints, and Daunte Culpepper (21-29-300) looks great doing it. The Vikings can make a statement this week in Atlanta.

18. Redskins (2-0, No. 22): Washington moves up four spots with a bye and this week plays a good Seattle team at home.

19. Dolphins (2-1. No. 29): With wins over Denver and Carolina and a loss to the Jets, Miami is proving it is for real. Ricky Williams is one week away.

20. Bills (1-2, No. 11): They lose to the Falcons and know now that they have to worry about the Dolphins in the division.

21. Jets (1-2, No. 12): Chad Pennington and Jay Fieldler are out and Brooks Bollinger is in. If that isn't bad enough, the Ravens defense awaits.

22. Ravens: (0-2, No. 26): Coming off a bye week, the Ravens are licking their chops at the thought of Bollinger quarterbacking the Jets.

23. Saints (1-2, No. 15): New Orleans plays its first game at its home away from home in San Antonio. Tickets still available.

24. Bears (1-2, No. 20): Found out first hand how good the Bengals are this season. Will get healthy during the bye week.

25. Titans (1-2, No. 25): Played the Rams tough on the road last week and now have to take on the undefeated Colts.

26. Browns (1-2, No. 23): Cleveland gives the Colts a game and Colts give the Browns a loss. Bye week.

27. Cardinals (0-3, No. 21): They have to beat the 49ers in Mexico City or the season might as well be a complete loss.

28. Lions (1-1, No. 27): Coming off the bye week, the Lions are in first place in the NFC North. Go figure. On the road at Tampa Bay figures to be a loss.

29. Raiders: (0-3, No. 28): Had the Eagles on the ropes and let it get away. Have to beat Dallas at home.

30. Texans (0-2. No. 31): Coming off the bye week they have to face the undefeated Bengals. Ugh!

31. San Francisco (1-2, No. 32): Had the Cowboys beat and let them get away with a win. In Mexico City to play the Cardinals.

32. Packers (0-3, No. 30): Too much is put on Brett Favre. This team is terrible right now.


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