2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 4


1. Seattle Seahawks (1) (2-1). If you see any Power Rankings (including the official NFL webpage) with the three undefeated teams ALL above Seattle, back out of it quickly. These aren't standings, they are power rankings. The Seahawks are still the best team in the NFL.

2. Denver Broncos (2) (2-1). The Broncos hung with Seattle this time. Denver still looks like the class of the AFC but might want to hope another defense makes it out of the NFC.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (5) (3-0). Cincinnati has won their three games by 7, 14 and 26 points. Things get tougher following the bye with games against the Patriots, Panthers, Colts and Ravens.

4. San Diego Chargers (10) (2-1). After a very tough road loss to the number five team in my rankings, the Chargers have won two games in extremely impressive fashion. With games coming up against the Jaguars, Jets, Raiders and Chiefs, 6-1 or 5-2 heading into Denver looks like a real possibility.

5. Arizona Cardinals (9) (3-0). Even with the loss of Karlos Dansby, Daryl Washington and Darnell Dockett, the Cardinals are second in the NFL giving up 15 points per game, and that is against three good offenses in San Diego, the Giants and San Francisco.

6. Carolina Panthers (4) (2-1). The Panthers looked great the first two weeks, before completely falling apart in a loss to Pittsburgh. I think that was an aberration, Carolina has one of the best front seven's in the NFL.

7. Philadelphia Eagles (6) (3-0). The Eagles are far from a perfect team and I do not consider them a Super Bowl contender, but they have scored at least 30 points in every game so far. Injuries to the offensive line has become a major problem, however.

8. Indianapolis Colts (16) (1-2). After losing close games to the Broncos and Eagles, the Bengals and Patriots are the only two 2013 playoff teams the Colts will face for the remainder of the season.

9. Chicago Bears (13) (2-1). The Bears really should have lost to the Jets, if New York knew how to convert in the red zone at all. This team will go as far as Jay Cutler takes them.

10. New England Patriots (8) (2-1). I am extremely unimpressed with the Patriots, and think Tom Brady is showing clear decline, but this team should still win the division. A first round bye is not a certainty anymore, though.

11. San Francisco 49ers (4) (1-2). I predicted the 49ers to go 9-7 and miss the playoffs. The 49ers were leading 14-6 at halftime but ended up with a puzzling 9 rushing attempts for the two running backs.

12. Baltimore Ravens (11) (2-1). Many people thought Steve Smith would be another Lee Evans acquisition for the Ravens, but he has been a godsend thus far. The AFC North looks like the best division in the AFC thus far.

13. Detroit Lions (14) (2-1). The most impressive thing about Detroit this year was the fact that they shut down the Packers offense. Detroit has only given up 21 points in their two wins. The Lions have games coming up against the Jets, Bills and Vikings; all games they should win. Detroit has always been known to play down to it's competition.

14. New Orleans Saints (12) (1-2). The Saints have looked completely unimpressive so far this year, but I think they will be just fine. With games coming up against high powered offenses in the Cowboys, Lions and Packers, the defense needs to step up.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers (18) (2-1). When the Steelers play the way they played Sunday night, they will be nearly unstoppable on offense. Two running backs wearing down the opposing defense, like the old Steelers teams used to do. Pittsburgh has become all offense, no defense.

16. Atlanta Falcons (21) (2-1). The Falcons might not win more than 8 games this year and will not stop anybody on defense, but they are going to be a fantasy goldmine on offense. Matt Ryan could have the best statistical season of any quarterback as long as Julio Jones and Roddy White remain healthy.

17. Cleveland Browns (20) (1-2). The Browns look like this year's team that will be in almost all games they play, but find a way to lose most of them.

18. Green Bay Packers (7) (1-2). Scoring 7 points against the Lions porous secondary was puzzling. The Packers have no running game, a bad offensive line and terrible defense.

19. Dallas Cowboys (25) (2-1). The Cowboys are probably the least threatening 2-1 team in football, but it has been good to see Jason Garrett commit to the run. DeMarco Murray might be the best running back in football.

20. Buffalo Bills (17) (2-1). The Bills have some work to do before they are a playoff contender, but you have to like the season EJ Manuel is having so far. He has cut down on his turnovers and is smartly looking the ball to Sammy Watkins. Even though Watkins only had two receptions, he was still targeted 8 times.

21. Washington Redskins (22) (1-2). I still do not think Kirk Cousins is a better quarterback than Robert Griffin III, but it is clear he is a better fit for Jay Gruden's offense. What will hold back the Redskins is a terrible secondary, which will be even worse without DeAngelo Hall for the rest of the season.

22. Houston Texans (19) (2-1). The Texans should win their fair share of games thanks to the running game and defense alone, but they will also lose a few thanks to Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has proven time and time again that he is not a starting caliber quarterback.

23. Kansas City Chiefs (28) (1-2). The Chiefs executed Andy Reid's game plan perfectly, getting after the quarterback on defense and piling up the rushing attempts and controlling the clock on offense.

24. New York Jets (23) (1-2). The Jets should be 2-1 right now, but imploded at inopportune times against the Bears. Geno Smith looked good at times, but threw two crippling interceptions. New York should not bail on Smith, he gives the team it's best chance at long term success. Chris Ivory should be getting the rock about 75% of the time.

25. Miami Dolphins (15) (1-2). Miami's impressive week one win against the Patriots seemed like it was months ago. Pretty much the only thing going right is the running game. They already have coaches throwing players under the bus and players bickering about coaches. Looks like another tough year for Florida football.

26. New York Giants (30) (1-2). This game was the first time Eli Manning did not throw an interception since October 21, 2013.

27. Minnesota Vikings (24) (1-2). Without Adrian Peterson, this team pretty much does not stand a chance on offense. Hopefully Teddy Bridgewater can inject a little life into a team that has been outscored 50-16 the past two weeks.

28. Tennessee Titans (26) (1-2). The Titans are coming off of back to back blowout losses, and things will not get any better when they travel to Indianapolis next week. Jake Locker had not looked impressive before going down with an injury late again.

29. St. Louis Rams (29) (1-2). Defense has been the problem for the Rams this year. The vaunted defensive line has already lost Chris Long, and as a whole the team only has one measly sack after three games.

30. Oakland Raiders (32) (0-3). The Raiders had a good chance to win both of their road games, but this team is just not talented enough to win many games. Predictably, signing a bunch of over the hill veterans has not paid off.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (27) (0-3). The Buccaneers quit on Raheem Morris and Greg Schiano. Have they already quit on Lovie Smith? In the least surprising development in NFL history, Josh McCown has turned back into the Josh McCown of the last decade, and not the one who had a great month and a half run last year. I think this team will perform better with Mike Glennon under center.

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (31) (0-3). After holding a 17-0 lead over the Eagles week 1, the Jaguars have been outscored 119-27 their past 10 quarters.


Jonathan Carrano

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