Week 4 power rankings: Who's worse, the Chiefs or Rams?

Week 4 power rankings: Who's worse, the Chiefs or Rams?

Posted by Bob LeGere on Tue, 09/23/2008 - 10:20
1. Dallas Cowboys (3-0): The RB tandem of Marion Barber and rookie Felix Jones may be the best in the game. They combined for 218 rushing yards last week and they've help make the Cowboys the NFC's highest scoring team. Last week: 1. 2. Philadelphia Eagles (2-1): Bad news for Bears. Not only can they light up the scoreboard, they proved last week that they could play dominating defense, getting 9 sacks with a relentless rush and allowing just 180 yards vs. the Steelers. Last week: 2. 3. Tennessee Titans (3-0): Jeff Fisher's team is allowing less than 10 points per game, and they look to be better off with veteran Kerry Collins replacing erratic and immature Vince Young at quarterback. Last week: 7. 4. New York Giants (3-0): Had to go overtime to avoid upset at home vs. Bengals, but Eli Manning continues to get better, and they have an open date this week. Last week: 4. 5. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1): The QB situation could be a source of concern with banged-up Ben Roethlisberger leaving last week with a hand injury, and the offensive line looks suspect. Last week: 3. 6. Green Bay Packers (2-1): Defense looked susceptible vs. the run in 27-16 loss to Cowboys, but they still appear to be the class of the NFC North, although that's not saying much. Last week: 6. 7. Buffalo Bills (3-0): Dick Jauron's team didn't look anything like a top 10 team through the first three quarters against the Raiders, but young QB Trent Edwards played like a champ down the stretch to get Bills to 3-0 for first time in 16 years. Last week: 11. 8. Denver Broncos (3-0): The NFL's highest-scoring offense averages 38 points a game, but there are major questions about a defense that allowed the Saints 502 total yards in Week Three. Last week: 10. 9. Baltimore Ravens (2-0): How far can a dominant defense take a mediocre offense led by rookie QB Joe Flacco? The answer could come Monday night vs. the Steelers in Pittsburgh. Last week: 24. 10. San Diego Chargers (1-2): Blowout victory over Jets on Monday night should serve notice that they won't fade away after heart-breaking losses in first two weeks. Last week: 12. 11. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2): Comeback victory over Colts at Indy in final seconds kept them from falling into huge, early hole, as Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew finally got on track, each going over 100 yards on the ground. Last week: 15. 12. Indianapolis Colts (1-2): They're not the same team without S Bob Sanders, but there's too much offensive firepower for them to continue averaging just 17 points a game. Last week: 8. 13. Minnesota Vikings (1-2): They're a better team with aging veteran Gus Frerotte managing the game than with Tarvaris Jackson mismanaging it, and defense finally stepped up. Last week: 14. 14. Carolina Panthers (2-1): The much-anticipated return of Pro Bowl WR Steve Smith (4 catches, 70 yards) didn't have the expected effect on the offense, as run game stumbled for 47 yards in 20-10 loss to the Vikings at Minnesota. Last week: 9. 15. New England Patriots (2-1): Got blown out at home by Dolphins, allowing 461 total yards in biggest upset of young season. Can Tom Brady make THAT much difference? Last week: 5. 16. Tampa Bay Bucs (2-1): They riddled the Bears for 407 passing yards behind Brian Griese, even though the consensus is that Jeff Garcia is the better quarterback and they couldn't run the ball at all. Last week: 17. 17. Chicago Bears (1-2): Concerns about offense that seems to lack big-play capability were raised after blowing a 17-3 lead vs. Panthers. Defense dominated early but couldn't preserve lead without help from offense. Last week: 12. 18. Washington Redskins (2-1): After handing Cardinals their first loss, Skins have a chance to prove they're contenders rather than pretenders this week at Dallas. Last week: 18. 19. Arizona Cardinals (2-1): Veteran QB Kurt Warner fell back to Earth in 24-17 loss to Redskins, but he's got a pair of potent targets in Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald. Last week: 13. 20. New Orleans Saints (1-2): QB Drew Brees gives them a passing attack as explosive as any in the NFL, but can they keep anyone else from throwing for big numbers? Last week: 19. 21. San Francisco 49ers (2-1): As long as they can keep riding workhorse RB Frank Gore they have a chance, but defense isn't as good as it looked vs. Lions. Last week: 23. 22. Atlanta Falcons (2-1): Victory over Chiefs is nothing to brag about, but RB duo of Michael Turner and Jerious Norwood gives them a ground attack that can control games. Last week: 27. 23. Seattle Seahawks (1-2): They got this year's miracle cure, a visit from the hapless Rams, and since Hawks still don't have any healthy NFL-quality starting wide receivers, they pounded it on the ground 46 times for 245 yards. Last week: 25. 24. New York Jets (1-2): Despite all the expensive off-season additions, they still aren't playing any better and head coach Eric “Mangenius” doesn't seem any smarter. Blowout Monday night loss to Chargers wasn't a surprise. Last week: 22. 25. Oakland Raiders (1-2): Bad teams find a way to lose, as they did last week, blowing 9-point lead over Bills in final 6:23, which probably won't help head coach Lane Kiffin's job security. Last week: 29. 26. Miami Dolphins (1-2): RB's Ricky Williams (98 yards) and Ronnie Brown 113 yards, 4 TD runs, 1 TD pass) bounced back from disappointing Week Two performances and castoff QB Chad Pennington was nearly flawless to lead shocking rout of Pats, which could be morale boost rebuilding team needs. Last week: 30. 27. Houston Texans (0-2): Week off because of Hurricane Ike didn't help red-zone offense or QB Matt Schaub, who threw 3 interceptions, one of which was returned 99 yards for a TD; fumbled twice and completed just 17 of 37. Last week: 21. 28. Cincinnati Bengals (0-3): There were actually signs of life in the 26-23 loss to the Super Bowl champion Giants at the Meadowlands. Head coach Marvin Lewis' seat will get a lot hooter if they can't defeat the Browns at home this week. Last week: 22. 29. Cleveland Browns (0-3): They're averaging less than 9 points a game, and QB Derek Anderson's 29-TD 2007 season is starting to look like an aberration after 3-interception, 14-of-37 performance produced a net of 96 passing yards. Last week: 15. 30. Detroit Lions (0-3): They're taking slow starts to an extreme, scoring a grand total of 3 points compared to their opponents' 63 at the beginning of first three games. Last week: 28. 31. Kansas City Chiefs: (0-3): They've lost 12 straight. Tyler Thigpen, their third starting QB in three games, wasn't the answer, completing 14 of 36 passes for 128 yards with 3 interceptions. If you were Brodie Croyle or Damon Huard, would you want to come back to this mess? Last week: 31. 32. St. Louis Rams (0-3): Soon-to-be ex-head coach Scott Linehan's team has been outscored by an average of 39-10. They're last in the NFL in points allowed and No. 31 in scoring. Last week: 32.
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