32. Oakland Raiders (0-4) Previous Rk #30
The Raiders just fired head coach Dennis Allen (who?) over the phone after the team lost in London to the Dolphins. Since 2004, the Raiders have had six head coaches (Norv Turner, Art Shell, Lane Kiffin, Tom Cable, Hue Jackson, and Dennis Allen) with a combined record of 49-115 and zero playoff births.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4) Previous Rk #31
The Jags have been outscored 58 to 152 this season. Despite a good first half out of rookie Blake Bortles, the Jags really couldn’t do much against the Chargers offense. They allow a league worse 320.8 opponent passing yards. Additionally, they don’t have much of a run game, which is 30th in the league. I guess Toby Gerhart (32 yards and 1 TD last game) wasn’t the biggest fantasy sleeper everyone thought he was gonna be, huh?
30. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) Previous Rk #32
7 seconds. 7 seconds is all that remained in the game when the Bucs ripped a win from the Steelers hands. To be fair, if it wasn’t for a errant 29 yards punt by the Steelers with 50 seconds remaining the Bucs probably wouldn’t have had the time to march down the field to win the game. Still, what a finish.
29. Tennessee Titans (1-3) Previous Rk #28
No Jake Locker going into Lucas Oil Stadium and it led to a pretty predictable blowout loss by the Colts, 41-17. It really makes that week one win over the Chiefs more and more curious as time goes on because this team looks like an 0-4 team.
28. St. Louis Rams (1-2) Previous Rk #26
I’m not too keen on moving any team up or down in their rankings when they have a bye, but that’s just the nature of the beast. In the mean time St. Louis fans have plenty of time to watch the Cardinals, stay up to date on their fantasy teams, maybe follow Rams social media accounts…
27. Cleveland Browns (1-2) Previous Rk #25
Bye week for the Brownies. No Vegas trips for the most watched backup in the league right now. Johnny Football went back to College Station for a special ring ceremony.
26. Washington Redskins (1-3) Previous Rk #22
A lot of analyst predicted that Kirk Cousins was going to come back down to earth and not put up such a highlight reel against the Giants who had a full week to prepare for him, and they were right. Cousins threw four picks and had 257 yards passing. Maybe RGIII’s job is a little more secure then we thought?
25. New York Jets (1-3) Previous Rk #20
The Jets are rapidly regressing after a hopeful start to the season that featured a win against Oakland and a close loss to the Packers. The Jets last two losses have been rather ugly, with some fans pointing the finger at Geno Smith, and even chants for Michael Vick to get the start. Geno was caught on camera responding to those fans…and…you can pretty much fill in the blanks.
24. Minnesota Vikings (2-2) Previous Rk #29
How about the Vikings lead by Teddy Bridgewater shocking the football world with an impressive home win against the Falcons? Teddy threw for 300+ yards and had one rushing score, while his running backs, Jerick McKinnon and Matt Asiata, accounted for over 200 yards rushing and three scores. Teddy rolled his ankle, but the injury is said to not be serious and he will play Thursday night against the Packers.
23. New York Giants (2-2) Previous Rk #27
The Giants are finally able to smile after a satisfying win in Landover over the Redskins. Following a disastrous start to the season the G-men have rattled off two wins and Eli may have found a new favorite red-zone target. Second-year TE, Larry Donnell, had three touchdowns in the 45-14 rout on Thursday night. They play Atlanta next week.
22. Houston Texans (3-1) Previous Rk #24
One of these weeks I’m going to give the Texans the respect they deserve, but who have the really beat? Victories and scores: Redskins (17-6), @ Oakland (30-14), and Buffalo (23-17). Their one loss was against the Giants (30-17) in week three. Still they’re 3-1 and JJ Watt has more TD’s then Arian Foster and Andre Johnson. No, seriously.
21. Kansas City Chiefs (2-2) Previous Rk #23
Week four of the NFL season might’ve been the week of blowouts. Five of the thirteen games played were decided by a points margin of at least 24 points, including the Chiefs 41-14 win over the Patriots last night. Jamal Charles looked great in his return from injury and the defense forced three turnovers.
20. Miami Dolphins (2-2) Previous Rk #21
The QB controversy didn’t seem to bother Ryan Tannehill as the Dolphins handled the Raiders across the pond in London this week. Tannehill threw for 278 yards with 2 TD’s and 1 INT. Lamar Miller contributed two rushing touchdowns in the first of three NFL games played at Wembley Stadium this season.
19. New Orleans Saints (1-3) Previous Rk #16
Two things were confirmed when the Saints lost to them Cowboys on Sunday: 1.) My prediction of the Cowboys making the playoffs might actually not look so crazy. AND 2.) The Saints should no longer get the respect they’ve gotten just because of previous success. It’s not Drew Brees’ fault. This comes down to their defense. 445 total yards from the Cowboys, zero forced turnovers from the Saints, and D-coordinator Rob Ryan knows he’s on thin ice.
18. New England Patriots (2-2) Previous Rk #10
Offensive line troubles, questionable run defense, and…a quarterback controversy in New England? Coach Belichick was asked by a reporter after the game last night, “If the QB position will be evaluated this week,” following Brady’s 159 yard/1 touchdown game. Belichick’s response was pretty much the best thing we could have asked for…
17. Atlanta Falcons (2-2) Previous Rk #12
The Falcons got embarrassed in Minnesota this past week, which should go to show why the NFL is consistently the hardest sport to pick winners. Atlanta just came off one of the most impressive wins in franchise history last Thursday, only to chase that with a 28-41 point loss to the Vikings this past week.
16. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-2) Previous Rk #17
The Steelers, much like the Falcons, were coming off an impressive win last week only to have the momentum come to a halt with a late second loss to the Bucs. Was this a case of the Steelers simply looking past their opponents? Hopefully not, because they play the easily beatable Jaguars this week.
15. Buffalo Bills (2-2) Previous Rk #9
The Bills have to be one of the most frustrating teams to watch right now. EJ Manuel had a completion rating under 50% this past week and it looks like the coaching staff isn’t going to give him any more time to develop as a second year starter. It’s Orton’s team now.
14. Carolina Panthers (2-2) Previous Rk #8
We’re only four games into the 2014-15 season, but it might be time for the Panthers to hit the panic button. After a strong start to the season the Panthers have looked miserable putting only a combined 29 points in their last two games, and giving up 75 in that same span.
13. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) Previous Rk #19
Since a week one loss to the Bengals, the Ravens have quietly put together a nice little win streak, with their latest win over the Panthers 38-10. Steve Smith got sweet revenge against his former team who all but said he was over the hill when they cut him this past offseason. Smith had 139 yards and two touchdowns, including this right-place-at-the-right-time catch against his former team…
12. Dallas Cowboys (3-1) Previous Rk #18
DeMarco Murray has proved to be the best back in football through the first 4 games. He has the most rushing yards, 534, by far (Le’Veon Bell is second with 378). The most 20+ yard runs with 5. And the most touchdowns, with 5 as well. Cowboys have Houston this week in the battle for Texas supremacy.
11. Green Bay Packers (2-2) Previous Rk #15
Aaron Rogers told Packer fans to “R-E-L-A-X” after getting off to a 1-2 start, and then went ahead and backed it up with a four touchdown game against the Bears this past week. The Pack actually scored on their first six possessions against the Bears resulting in a 38-17 win in Chicago. Meanwhile businesses in Green Bay were sure to cash in on Rogers’ new catchphrase following the win…
10. Detroit Lions (3-1) Previous Rk #14
The Lions cruised this past week over the Jets, and they did it without having to rely heavily on All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson. Johnson has a nagging ankle injury and was only held to 2 catches in the win, while Golden Tate filled in nicely- catching 8 passes for 118 yards.
9. Indianapolis Colts (2-2) Previous Rk #11
With a win over Tennessee this past week the Colts have extended their league-high streak of consecutive wins over division opponents to nine. Andy Luck had himself a day with 393 yards passing, 4 Td’s and 1 INT. Special Teams even got in the mix when kicker Pat McAfee (a great follow on twitter) called his own number and pulled off an onside kick…
Apparently, they always line up like that on kicks, but this was the first onside they tried.
8. San Francisco 49ers (2-2) Previous Rk #13
The Niners had an impressive win this past week when they hosted the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles. The win preceded reports following the game that players are unhappy with head coach Jim Harbaugh. According to Deion Sanders, unnamed players in that locker room “want Harbaugh out.” When the issue was brought to Harbaugh’s attention he had a quick response for it…
7. Chicago Bears (2-2) Previous Rk #5
The Bears’ inconsistencies on offense and defense have left a lot of people scratching their heads in Chicago. Despite a team rushing performance of 235 yards (their most since 1988), the Bears were only able to put up 17 points against the Packers. Their defensive line didn’t get much pressure, allowing Rogers to0 much time to do damage. Yet, despite the defensive woes some sports writers still want to place the blame on #6…
6. San Diego Chargers (3-1) Previous Rk #7
The Chargers took sole possession of first in the AFC West after a win against the Jaguars. Two receivers for the Chargers had over 100 yards catching, Keenan Allen (135 yds) and Eddie Royal (105 yds). The only issue to keep an eye on is in their running game. Only 42 yards this past week.
5. Arizona Cardinals (3-0) Previous Rk #6
What are the chances that four of the top five teams in these power rankings had bye games this week? Arizona, Denver, Seattle, Cincinnati, ALL had byes. So I’ll give you who they play, the spread, and maybe a fun fact because bye weeks are boring.
Next week they play @ Denver. Carson Palmer’s playing status is still uncertain for the game. If he can’t go Drew Stanton will get the start.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) Previous Rk #4
Tough road loss to the Niners this past week. They got St. Louis next week at home. I like the Birds to put up a hefty number there. As for their first lost I don’t see it as being much of an issue. Neither does Nick Foles, “We just didn’t execute, it’s as simple as that,” Foles said. “I’m not going to break it down or anything.”
3. Denver Broncos (2-1) Previous Rk #3
Next week they play against Arizona at home and they are favored by 8 points, according to SBNation. This will be the first time Peyton Manning has faced the Cardinals since he went to the Broncos three years ago.
2. Seattle Seahawks (2-1) Previous Rk #2
The Seahawks will travel to Washington this week, following their bye, to face the Redskins on Monday night. The Hawks are currently 7.5 point favorites. Marshawn Lynch has been having a great year so far, despite some pundits claiming he was poised for a down year because of his age. He’s just all about that action thought boss.
1. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0) Previous Rk #1
The Bengals play the Patriots this week…can you say…trap game? So can Vegas. They currently have the Patriots favored 2.5 points, even after getting destroyed by the Chiefs.
Either way, let’s just be thankful all the bye weeks for the top teams are over. Now cue the music!