Can anyone unseat the Denver Broncos from the top spot of isportsweb’s NFL Power Rankings? If they can, it may take a while.
Just take a look at the Broncos’ schedule in the coming weeks. Five of the next seven games come against some of the softer defenses in the entire NFL: Philadelphia in week 4, Jacksonville in week 6, Indy after that, and the Redskins and Chargers on either side of their bye week in week 9. If Peyton and Co. can get past a pretty good Dallas defense in week 5, their next toughest defensive challenge won’t be until they meet the Chiefs in week 11 – at home. They could easily go unchallenged for the top spot for weeks to come.
That’s not to say if they win all of those games they can’t be unseated. Certainly the most likely of these right now is Seattle. The ‘Hawks have played a tougher schedule, but not by much which is why they stayed at #2. If Seattle blows a few teams out, and Denver struggles but still wins, its not impossible to think Pete Carroll’s squad could take over. The other teams that could – but not likely – take the #1 spot are all surprises of the early season and could flounder down the stretch – the Saints, Dolphins, Bengals, etc.
But for now, Denver retains the top spot. On to the rankings
1. Denver Broncos (Last week: 1)
Another blowout win, another week at #1.
2. Seattle Seahawks (Last week: 2)
Seattle’s most impressive offensive game thus far in the young season is less impressive when you see it was against hapless Jacksonville.
3. Chicago Bears (Last week: 4)
The defense is as good as ever, and it looks like the offense might be close to matching.
4. New Orleans Saints (Last week: 9)
Last year the Saints gave up more yards than anyone else in NFL history. So far through three weeks, they rank #4, which just happens to match their spot in the power rankings.
5. Detroit Lions (Last week: 8)
Losing Nate Burleson to a broken arm will make things a bit tougher, but winning in Washington for the first time 74 years has to feel good.
6. Cincinnati Bengals (Last week: 10)
They took an early 14-0 lead , then allowed Green Bay a run of 30 unanswered points. But, they fought back and scored 20 of their own to win a very weird game. Regardless, the Bengals are good.
7. Houston Texans (Last week: 3)
Who saw that blow-out coming? Losing 30-9 to the Ravens? Certainly not this guy.
8. Green Bay Packers (Last week: 6)
Green Bay is a surprising 1-2, with their only win against the 0-3 Redskins who have one of the worst defenses in the league this year. I still think they are a good team, but they are going to have to play with some urgency to recoup their season.
9. Miami Dolphins (Last week: 9)
3-0? What? Really? We knew Miami would be improved, but not many saw this coming. We’ll find out if they are for real, with games against the Saints, Ravens, Patriots, and Benglas in the next four out of five weeks.
10. Kansas City Chiefs (Last week: 12)
Yes, the Chiefs are undefeated, but their opponents to date are a combined 3-6. I’m not sold yet, but you have to respect the results so far.
11. Atlanta Falcons (Last week: 7)
Will the real Falcons please stand up? The Falcons are losing by an average of just 5.6 points, so their woeful defense needs to play better and give the offense some help.
12. San Francisco 49ers (Last week: 5)
Injuries? Check. Off the field problems? Check. Gettin smacked in the mouth in a blow out loss to the Colts? Check. Super Bowl loser curse, hello. If they can get healthy though, they can still contend.
13. New England Patriots (Last week: 14)
Buffalo, New York Jets, Tampa. Not exactly a glimmering resume, but 3-0 is 3-0.
14. Baltimore Ravens (Last week: 19)
This was the game the Ravens needed to get their swagger back. Beating a good Houston team in such a bad way has to make the fans feel better.
15. Indianapolis Colts (Last week: 18)
Before anyone starts reminding us about San Fran’s injuries (Patrick Willis and Vernon Davis to name a few), remember the Colts were without six of their own starters in that game.
16. Dallas Cowboys (Last week: 17)
Wouldn’t life be grand in the Big D if the Cowboys played St. Louis every week?
17. Tennessee Titans (Last week: 21)
If Jake Locker can keep playing clean, smart football, this definitely can be a team on the rise.
18. San Diego Chargers (Last week: 11)
Maybe we thought a bit too highly about the Chargers early on. They are the worst team in pass defense so far and 28th against the run. Not conducive to a great season.
19. Arizona Cardinals (Last week: 16)
Bruce Arians has a very confusing squad. A win over a good Lions team is sandwiched between bad losses to the Rams and the Saints.
20. St. Louis Rams (Last week: 20)
The Rams have to be missing Steven Jackson right about now, as they average only 57 yards per game on the ground.
21. Philadelphia Eagles (Last week: 15)
So much for the fast paced offense. Chip Kelly wanted to run 70+ plays per game. Last week they only hit 63, the week before 58. The turnovers and bad defense don’t help things though.
22. Carolina Panthers (Last week: 26)
They smoked a very bad Giants team. That doesn’t make them contenders yet in my book.
23. Cleveland Browns (Last week: 29)
If you are a Vikings fan, you have to be beside yourself. They let a third-string QB and a cast of backup RBs to beat them. Unacceptable.
24. New York Jets (Last week: 31)
They are 2-1, which has to be seen as a victory. But the two wins are against Buffalo (whom they barely beat), and Tampa, one of the worst teams in the league.
25. Buffalo Bills (Last week: 22)
I like E.J. Manuel better than Geno Smith, but the Jets defense is way better. That equals a better ranking for the Jets.
26. Washington Redskins (Last week: 24)
RG 0-3. They will get it going on offense eventually, but what happened to the defense? With Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan, they were supposed to be one of the better units.
27. Oakland Raiders (Last week: 27)
They got blown out but it didn’t affect their ranking. Why? The teams below them played worse.
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last week: 28)
29. Minnesota Vikings (Last week: 25)
The Browns? Really?
30. New York Giants (Last week: 23)
It is apparent the Giants problems on the O-line will keep this team at or near the bottom all season.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers (Last week: 30)
Roethlisberger and Co. are done, for reals. You read it here first, folks: Next year will be a rebuilding year.
32. Jacksonville Jaguars (Last week: 32)
What else is there to say about these guys?
Biggest Jump: New York Jets (7 spots)
Biggest Drop: Tied – San Francisco, San Diego, New York Giants (7 spots)
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