Week Three power rankings

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1. Seattle Seahawks (No. 1 last week; 2-1):  Why couldn’t they have toyed with the Broncos like this in February?

2. Cincinnati Bengals (No. 5; 3-0):  It’s a lot easier to be among the NFL’s best when there aren’t playoff games to win.

3. Denver Broncos (No. 2; 2-1):  At least they won’t be intimidated if they play Seattle again in February.

4. Philadelphia Eagles (No. 7; 3-0):  How long until Cary Williams is doing shirtless situps in his driveway?

5. New England Patriots (No. 3; 2-1):  Given the way he secured the game-clinching interception, maybe Vince Wilfork should be moved to tight end.

6. Arizona Cardinals (No. 8; 3-0):  Bruce Arians isn’t the coach of the year; he’s the coach of the century.

7. Baltimore Ravens (No. 10; 2-1):  Given the way this team plays under duress, maybe the next conspiracy should be to start more conspiracies.

8. San Diego Chargers (No. 12; 2-1):  It’ll be hard to keep winning games if they keep losing running backs every week.

9. Atlanta Falcons (No. 14; 2-1):  They should have saved some of those points for later in the season.

10. Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 16; 2-1):  At a time when the Panthers were becoming the Steelers, the Steelers showed the Panthers who the Steelers really are.

11. New Orleans Saints (No. 11; 1-2):  Before Drew Brees was slammed to the ground, it looked like the Vikings were applying a sleeper hold to the Saints.

12. Detroit Lions (No. 17; 2-1):  Stephen Tulloch’s injury proves that the Lions haven’t had nearly enough practice celebrating things.

13. Chicago Bears (No. 13; 2-1):  Two non-convincing road wins are still a lot better than two non-convincing road losses.

14. Green Bay Packers (No. 4; 1-2):  Maybe they just stink.

15. Carolina Panthers (No. 6; 2-1):  Maybe they should reinstate Greg Hardy so he can play on the offensive line.

16. Indianapolis Colts (No. 15; 1-2):  Yes, the Jaguars are so bad that blowing them out results in a one-spot drop in the rankings.

17. San Francisco 49ers (No. 9; 1-2):  That “Who’s got it better than us?” chant could soon become, “Who doesn’t?”

18. Buffalo Bills (No. 18; 2-1):  Yep, we know how the “Bills start strong in September” book ends.

19. Dallas Cowboys (No. 23; 2-1):  This team is still a long way from glorywhole.

20. Houston Texans (No. 19; 2-1):  I have a feeling I won’t be hearing from many of the folks who had complained that the 2-0 Texans were only No. 19.

21. New York Jets (No. 20; 1-2):  It’s just a matter of time before Mike Vick is playing enough to get injured again.

22. Cleveland Browns (No. 21; 1-2):  The schedule softens considerably on the other side of the bye week.

23. Washington (No. 22; 1-2):  When they trade RGIII, they probably won’t get three first-round picks and a second-round pick.

24. Kansas City Chiefs (No. 28; 1-2):  With games against the Patriots and 49ers looming, that win at Miami likely helped avoid taking an 0-5 record into the bye week.

25. Miami Dolphins (No. 24; 1-2):  Losing two games in a row after beating the Patriots has become a trend.

26. New York Giants (No. 30; 1-2):  One win over a team with a fraudulent 2-0 record doesn’t mean everything is fixed.

27. St. Louis Rams (No. 25; 1-2):  It takes a bad team to make the Cowboys look that good.

28. Tennessee Titans (No. 26; 1-2):  Week One feels like it was a long time ago.

29. Minnesota Vikings (No. 27; 1-2):  A season of quiet optimism has yielded to loud pessimism.

30. Oakland Raiders (No. 32; 0-3):  Maybe they won’t go 0-16, after all.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 31; 0-3):  With all the focus on the team’s crappy offense, it’s easy to forget they have a crappy defense.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (No. 29; 0-3):  Last week’s performance in the team’s new uniforms could make fans forget about all the horrible performances in the team’s original uniforms.

151 responses to “Week Three power rankings

  1. THE REAL TOP 5 RANKINGS WEEK 3
    1. Washington REDSKINS – The 1-2 record is a COMPLETE FLUKE! You all saw the game vs the Eagles. Come on now. We dominated and the refs decided to unfairly ejected Chris Baker. Live play. The hit was LEGIT. We should win 7 in a row before a competitve game vs the Fortywhiners. Cousins is doing a wonderful job under center and is creating a hell of a trade value for the Redskins to get good pieces around RGIII in 2015. We aren’t trading RGIII. RGIII wins that game on the final drive last Sunday and you all know it.

    2. Bengals – This will probably be the Superbowl. Redskins vs Bengals.

    3. Cardinals – This will likely be the NFC Championship. Redskins vs Cardinals.
    4. Lions
    5. Chargers

  2. 6. Arizona Cardinals (No. 8; 3-0): Bruce Arians isn’t the coach of the year; he’s the coach of the century.
    —————-
    Todd Bowles needs some of that love. The dude is a mad scientist working with the spare parts he’s been provided.

  3. “13. Chicago Bears (No. 13; 2-1): Two non-convincing road wins are still a lot better than two non-convincing road losses”

    That’s why they’re road games. They’re not supposed to be easy and I’m not sure I would classify it as “non-convincing”.

  4. 4. Philadelphia Eagles (No. 7; 3-0): How long until Cary Williams is doing shirtless situps in his driveway?

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    Cary Williams does what Cary Williams wnats.

  5. can ya give the Dallas D a little more love now? They are doing their best considering the offense is spotting the opposing team 14-21 points a week

  6. It’s OK to stop being smug about the Bengals now. You act as if no team has ever gone from not winning playoff games to winning playoff games. How the hell else is it supposed to happen? Just rank them fairly based on how they’re playing and who’ve they’ve beaten and leave it at that. They beat your No. 7 team on the road and dismantled the No. 9 team, too. Two wins over Top 10 teams , plus a dominant win at home over a team they should have dominated (the kind of game the Bengals used to stumble on), speaks for itself. When January comes, crack all you want about the Bengals having not won since 1990, but if you’re going to do regular-season rankings, then do it.

  7. As an Eagles fan, I’d prefer Cary Williams doing situps in his driveway over getting abused and penalized every week. Although, with our secondary, beggars cant be choosers.

  8. Why does the “Who’s got it better than us?” chant irritate so many fans?

    The niners were dirt for a decade. The first season they show some talent Harbaugh tosses out this firey rally cry and half the league flip their lids.

    With the exception of Seattle, there is no other team in the NFL that has had it better than the Niners the past three seasons. That includes the Superbowl champs those respective seasons. I’d take the Niners over the Pats and the Flacco’s.

  9. Well, at least you guys finally have the Steelers in the top-10. We’ll give you that. Still, there is no one in the league that is as well-coached and overall talented as the Steelers. Thing is, we don’t peak until it matters (Dec/Jan/Feb) so you’ve only seen a fraction of what we offer. This is the March, ladies. This will be something we will all, one day, tell our children’s children about. Relish it.

  10. Arizona Should be higher based off the fact they are doing it with people nobody has heard of. Last week they pulled a guy out the nosebleeds and he got 3 sacks

  11. It makes the Steelers look like idiots for firing Arians after how well he’s done with the Colts and Cardinals.

    but it isn’t that hard to make the Steelers look like dumdums nowadays.

  12. Even though you have them ranked #2, you can’t resist taking a dig.

    It’s ok to give them credit, you know. They’re playing about as good of football as anyone in the NFL…and that’s with several key injuries.

  13. Look at the Redskin fan get salty. Baker didn’t get tossed because of a legal/illegal hit. He got tossed for being in middle of a fight. Sure he didn’t start the fight, but sure did throw punches.

    Ain’t trading RGIII? Dumbest thing that came out of your head after praising how well Cousins played. RGIII… 1.5 years of Pro Football and 1.5 years of Pro Football Bench. Your former coaches didn’t trust him enough, so they drafted a QB in the 3rd as a legit backup plan, which at this point seems like a better thought than giving up all the picks for RGIII.

  14. Giants are ranked too low. Lost to the Lions on the road on MNF and should have beaten a solid Cardinals team. They dominated the Texans.

  15. as a pats fan i can honestly say there is no way in heck they should be ranked 5th. they are awful right now. hopefully for pats fans’ sake that will change. but facts are facts. they are a terrible football team right now.

  16. after three weeks it is time to set aside preconceived notions. The Packers do stink. I would move them one spot ahead of the jets.

    The cowboys have a scary good running game and are in the second year to a 4-3. Look more like a 14-15 team.

    and you dropped the Panthers too far. Should be around 10

  17. As a buc fan I hate to say it but this Lovie Smith team resembles the Rod Marinelli lions team from 2008 ….*facepalm* #mariota

  18. 3. Denver Broncos (No. 2; 2-1): At least they won’t be intimidated if they play Seattle again in February.

    Why not? Peyton Manning can’t win the big game, and he can’t beat Seattle. OK, in the regular season he can play them to a loss in OT. Woo.

    But let’s take digs at the Bengals at No. 2.

  19. How are the Patriots that high at this point? Their wins are against the Vikings and the Raiders. And the Raiders game was at home and kind of close. They shouldn’t be ahead of any 3-0 team.

  20. Colts at 16 is a joke. One slow start on the road against the AFC’s best team, and two bad calls with the game in hand against the Eagles.

    They aren’t a top-five team, but top ten easy.

  21. Can you believe people are still spouting “Manning can’t win a big game” nonsense? His teams have eleven playoff wins, including three AFC CG wins. It doesn’t matter if others have more than that.

    It’s time to stop being stubborn. What you think you knew ten years ago can change. The question is, can you?

  22. the only thing separating the pats at #5 and chiefs at #24 is that the former beat the vikings while the latter lost to the broncos. they both played poorly in week 1, and the chiefs won convincingly on the road this week, while the pats barely beat the raiders at home. i’d like to think their matchup next monday night will clear up this discrepancy, but i know the media will continue spinning the pats as the better team even if they lose that game.

  23. My only gripes are that the Eagles defense is so bad that there is no way they should be ranked this high. If their defense gets moving then they’re easily justified with this ranking. The Patriots are also not nearly as good as their ranking either. Brady is tired, slow, inaccurate and has lost almost all of his accuracy and zip. It’s not his fault, he’s just getting old.

    The 49ers are garbage. I have never seen so many cry babies on one team on one field at one time. Also, they have zero class, pushing someone after every play and generally acting like clasless buffoons. NOBODYHASITBETTER would indicate that a lot of people have it pretty bad.

  24. Ravens play none of the teams ranked higher than them for the rest of the season, except for the Bengals. Hello 14-2!

  25. Help me comprehend how the Bears win, on the road, in their stadium opener, against a team that appeared in the NFC Championship game… “Non Convincing”. C’mon.. you guys can do better than this.

    Last night? They played against a horrible QB they knew would give them chances, and they converted on those chances.

  26. The Seahawks got dominated by the Chargers, and barely beat Denver who for some reason did draws on 3rd down most of the game.

    The Patriots got drummed by Miami, beat a Viking team in turmoil when AD got busted for parenting-while-black, then barely beat what the worst team in the league– yet they are solidly at #4?

    The true top 3 teams:
    1-Arizona
    2-San Diego
    3-Cincinnati.

  27. To the Pats fans that think they should be ranked higher you beat the lowly Raiders by one td at home! Give me a break!

  28. Baltimore Ravens (No. 10; 2-1): Given the way this team plays under duress, maybe the next conspiracy should be to start more conspiracies.

    Or, have the “NFL Hitman” Triplett referee all their games.

  29. Im not sure how you can call the Bears win at SF “non convincing”.

    They marched back from 17-0 on the road on opening night of a brand new stadium on Sunday Night Football. I was convinced after that, but hey, what do I know.

  30. cincinnati222 says: Sep 23, 2014 11:08 AM

    3 teams in the AFC North in the top 10. Best division in Football.

    Yes. Best division.
    …………………..
    *Most overrated division in football

  31. Pains me to say it but Green Bay is ranked too high. Looks like the organizations reliance on we got Rodgers, everything else will work itself out might have finally caught up to them.

  32. Eagles fan here…I think we may be too high. Our O-Line is going to be a train wreck this week, and only passable until December when we get Kelce and Mathis back. Also, the Defense is better than last year, but still not good enough to hang with the real contenders.

    Also:

    Bears too low.

    Saints too high.

    Pats too high

  33. kev86 says:
    Sep 23, 2014 10:58 AM
    Giants are ranked too low. Lost to the Lions on the road on MNF and should have beaten a solid Cardinals team. They dominated the Texans.
    ———–

    Sorry, bro. The Giants still suck.

  34. 14. Green Bay Packers (No. 4; 1-2): Maybe they just stink.
    ………….
    Yes, they do, and it was evident last year that Rodgers makes them look better than they are when he was out.

    Rodgers, Cobb & Nelson on offense; Clay Matthews on defense.

    That completes the list of good players on the Packers.

  35. I think it’s telling that you’ve ranked only 6 AFC teams in the top 15…. all in the top 10, but there’s not a lot of depth in the AFC.

  36. This year’s Super Bowl is going to be NFC West vs AFC North. Both divisions are putting three teams into the playoffs.

  37. You gotta give Chicago a little more credit…game w/ bills went to OT, beat SF at home, and even though I wasnt convinced, we’ve been hearing all week how the Jets have the best run D and rushing offense…

  38. So the Lions beat the Packers at home, where they are usually tough to beat, and a hapless Giants squad that only beat the Texans, and they rate better than the Bears who beat SF in SF, and the Jets in New York?

    Man, you guys must really dislike Cutler.

  39. Titans at 28 feels a tad high. If Mettenberger isn’t the answer — and fast — they are headed to the bottom 3.

  40. So the Eagles move from #7 to #4 by barely beating a team at home that you dropped from #22 to #23, and the skins drop 1 spot for barely losing to the #4 team in the NFL in their home stadium?

    I’m not sure I see the sense in that?

  41. Recap from week 2 power rankings…

    4. Green Bay Packers (No. 3; 1-1): They lose a spot for flirting for too long with a lesser team, but the Packers are still a top-five franchise.

    Now this week, it’s “maybe they just stink”.

    An amazing one week drop… from a top five franchise to maybe they just stink…

    Me thinks they stunk before but they cologne they were using masked the smell… but the stench finally won out and now they stink.

    Still a tad high… I’d switch the Colts and the Pack on this weeks power rankings…

  42. has anybody else noticed that all of a sudden, Brady, Manning, Brees all look old…and tired.

    Brady, definitely as he’s in the bottom part of QB ranking, yards per attempt and completion %.

    Manning though has the 2nd highest QB rating this season and he’s just a tick out of having the highest.

    Peyton is 9th in completion percentage. Peyton has the 2nd most TD passes.

    Peyton is throwing for the 7th most yards per game.

    Maybe he LOOKS old, but his production isn’t that of an old QB…

  43. 23. Washington (No. 22; 1-2): When they trade RGIII, they probably won’t get three first-round picks and a second-round pick.
    _______________
    So every time Cousins plays out of his mind, the Redskins drop a spot because his name isn’t “Robert Griffin”? So if Cousins puts up 500 yards and six touchdowns while Griffin sits on the sidelines, does Washington drop to no. 32?

  44. harrisonhits2 says:Sep 23, 2014 10:49 AM

    If it wasn’t for Kirk Cousins the Washington team would be @ 32.

    ———————————————————-

    If it wasn’t for terrible special teams they’d
    be 3-0.

  45. Is there no love for our Browns? I agree we are not the best, but we have stayed in the game up until the final click of the clock in both the games we have lost to top 10 teams. We deserve to be higher than 22.

  46. dudermcrbohan says:
    Sep 23, 2014 10:52 AM
    It makes the Steelers look like idiots for firing Arians after how well he’s done with the Colts and Cardinals.

    but it isn’t that hard to make the Steelers look like dumdums nowadays.

    ____________________________________
    My read is both sides did well in that separation. Clearly Arians is a great coach and within the Steelers that was buried. As hard as being fired is, he has to be happy.
    As for the Steelers, they needed a new plan that keeps Ben available as starter all year. They needed a guy focused on the running game and quick releases passes. It is not what Ben wanted or Arians offered, but, it is no good having a great QB on the sidelines.
    Good for Arians, and man I love that running game 🙂

  47. That Bears/Packers game this Sunday looms large but especially for the Packers. Notwithstanding last season’s loss (minus Rodgers), the Bears have been money in the bank for the Packers in recent history… so if they drop that one, look out.

  48. Washington (No. 22; 1-2): When they trade RGIII, they probably won’t get three first-round picks and a second-round pick.

    ___________________________

    They’d be lucky to get a half eaten subway and some used leg braces.

  49. The Packers have called for an emergency shareholders meeting Thursday at 4 pm, at which point they will inform the shareholders there’s nothing they can do about anything.

  50. Lmao…17?….I can’t wait until the 49ers hoist that 6th Lombardi! Just wait until we get the number 1 QB killa in the NFL back week 10 and the best MLB in football back.

  51. Brady is tired, slow, inaccurate and has lost almost all of his accuracy and zip. It’s not his fault, he’s just getting old…

    Please with the “inaccurate and has lost almost all his accuracy”

    It’s not true, he had one bad half in 3 games.
    in the first half of Dolphins game he was 10/11 almost perfect

    The last 2 games he completed 66.7% and then 64.8%

    Not sure how that equals “lost almost all of his accuracy”

  52. 14. Green Bay Packers- #28 Offense/#20 Defense

    15. Carolina Panthers- #20 Offense/#14 Defense

    16. Indianapolis Colts- #3 Offense/#29 Defense

    17. San Francisco 49ers- #20/#6

    18. Buffalo Bills- #23/#15

    19. Dallas Cowboys- #12/#25

    20. Houston Texans- #15/#25

    21. New York Jets- #8/#2

    22. Cleveland Browns- #13/#31

    23. Washington – #2/#4
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    After three games, the sample size is just too small to really trust these offense and defense rankings, or draw any important conclusions, but it still seems like the Redskins are getting the shaft. The Jets seem snubbed as well.

  53. Where’s the logic?

    The Rams (1&2) only win is by 2 points over a #32 team.Their 2 loses are against #19 & #29.
    They lose by 28 points @ home to the Vikings.

    The Vikings (also 1&2) losses are to #5 &# 11.

    Yet the Vikings are ranked 2 spots lower than the team they beat.

  54. I thought the Steelers were ranked too high at #10. But…everyone stinks below them. Maybe the Colts, Saints and Lions could be above them but no one else on the list from 11-32 is any good.

  55. Pessimism? Holding Drew Brees and Tom Brady to quiet outings two weeks in a row after dominating a bad St Louis and now we get to watch our QB of the future instead of Cassel…. sounds more like optimisim

    the last two weeks the Vikings defense has put together a lot of 3 and outs against some of the best QB’s in the league, I’m optimistic that we’re better then 29 but not better then 19.

    Lose your starting RB, QB, TE in the first 3 weeks and get back to me about injuries

  56. Viking fans, enjoy your last week not being #32. But look on the bright side… I’m sure your just one more top five pick away from mediocrity. Oh wait, you’ve been saying that for three years now. SKOLOL!

    S-till
    K-een
    O-n
    L-osing

  57. Still can’t force yourself to put the Bears in the top 10, where they belong?

    (Certainly they are better than at least a few of the teams in front of them, including both Steelers and Ravens).

    But hey, that’s alright. That’s good, in fact – media pundits can keep yapping about the Packers and Lions, and meanwhile the Bears will just keep on winning.

  58. “24 Kansas City Chiefs (No. 28; 1-2):  With games against the Patriots and 49ers looming, that win at Miami likely helped avoid taking an 0-5 record into the bye week. “

    Chiefs fans in KC without the Sunday Ticket did not have the option to watch Seattle-Denver. What we saw was another gritty effort and the blossoming of some unheralded talent.

    They are at least even bets to win one, if not both, of those games.

  59. I get that it’s only 3 weeks, but how can you justify, for a weekly rating, a team having the #2 offense and #4 defense and rank them at #23?

  60. If the Patriots are the 5th best team then the entire league stinks. Really makes you wonder if the people doing these “rankings” actually watch games or just look at standings from previous years.

  61. Anyone that has paid real close attention to all the games would know the Bengals are #1 right now after the first 3 weeks. They have clearly been the best team so far. I’m not saying they will be that in several weeks…..but they deserve the props so far. That without the #1 TE, #2 WR, Rookie starting center, Burfict only playing the first game, Green missing a game, new coordinators, etc. Very impressive.

  62. Three Florida teams in the bottom 25%. Chad Henne has the best passer rating among their starters. The best collegiate QB in the history of the state can’t get an interview. Read-option is now an NFL reality, and nobody does it better.

    Tebow will never be Dan Marino, but why would anyone think he’s worse than McCown or Glennon or Henne. Why not try going all in with the running game? Defenses are not built to stop it. Afraid it’ll make you miss the playoffs, Jacksonville?

  63. Once the second half struggles get fixed the league will once again feel the wrath of the Niner Empire.

    It’s not like we’re getting smashed like Carolina, or shut down like Green Bay. This team could easily be 3-0 but it is what it is.

    49ers Faithful!!!!!

    Philly gonna see what I’m saying jus watch.

  64. Pats fan here by the way. 5 is probably a bit high, but everybody saying they are terrible (taking that from another Pats fan comment) need to pump the breaks.

    I’m not predicting Super Bowl here, but a win is a win. Hell no it wasn’t pretty, but they get Brandon Browner on an already stout defense after the KC game, and the offense is only going to improve as Gronk continues to get more involved after basically playing half the snaps the first three weeks coming back from a torn ACL.

    So yeah…5 is high, but make no mistake…this is a good team.

  65. I’m a little confused about the ‘toying with the broncos’.. I mean, Denver played pretty well and the Seahawks won in overtime?

    Also, I’m not sure I’d have the Chiefs THAT low.. they got to 1st & goal from the 2 at the end of the game against the Broncos to tie but couldn’t pound it in, then continue to improve with a decisive win over Miami..

    Pats at 5. Dafk?

  66. When teams are wildly adjusted by ~10 spots weekly, that’s when you know you shouldn’t be trusting the power rankings to begin with.

  67. Once the second half struggles get fixed the league will once again feel the wrath of the Niner Empire.

    It’s not like we’re getting smashed like Carolina, or shut down like Green Bay. This team could easily be 3-0 but it is what it is.

    And if the hawks hadn’t lost three games last season they would have been perfect.

  68. Meaningless. Champs of September rarely win the SBowl(Bengals). We’ll see how the ‘overrated’ Pats look in December/January. That’s what they build for. Nobody is gonna remember the finfanfools howling about the opening day win when they’re 4-12, firing everyone, trying to start over again and the Pats are in the final 4(at least) again.

  69. I’m a little confused about the ‘toying with the broncos’.. I mean, Denver played pretty well and the Seahawks won in overtime?

    ———————————————————

    He means the Seahawks were up 17-3 in the 4th quarter and dominating the entire game, then they get a weird safety with Marshawn running(very rare occasion) and then Russell throws an int in his own redzone to give Denver 7 pts(very rare occasion).

    Then the LOB let a QB(doesn’t matter who) drive 80+ yards in 50 seconds with NO TIMEOUTS for a touchdown(extremely rare occasion) and then they let them get the 2 pt conversion to tie it(with Richard Sherman in coverage…so yeah, rare again).

    ALL THAT GOING DENVERS WAY AT THE END OF THE GAME…SO EXCITED!!!!

    ….only to have Russell Wilson drive down the field and score a TD on them in overtime so easily and smoothly that the whole ending seemed like a Parent letting his kid catch up to him in a race so that the cute little guy feels better about himself.

    Still confused?

  70. Vikes lost starting QB, RB and TE and yes Packer fans, we suck but you know what? At least we know it. Packers 1-2-bawhahaha. And now it’s Teddy time. Vikes 8-8 if lucky but winning the Packers will be priceless!

  71. Ray Rice will be reinstated and play football again.

    The standard is the standard: Rice entered a pretrial intervention program, just like James Harrison did after beating HIS g/f.

    “Just win baby!”

  72. For all you Bengal lovers… remember this moment. They won’t make playoffs. They are the Bengals… they find ways to lose. Every time. All the time. Count on it.

  73. AFC North losses have only come from within their own division. 4-0 outside of it….and have beaten media darling Panthers, Saints and Falcons. Two of them easily. AFC North has to be the top division.

  74. I love New England, but they are not the 5th best team in the league. In fact, they are dead last in yards per play. They are in bad shape with this o line.

  75. New England at 5 when they can barely beat a hapless Oakland team

    The don’t win good enough.

    You guys write your own jokes, inadvertently.

  76. I never really believed I would ever see a team intentionally lay down for another team, but that Stealer/Panther game has me scratching my head.

  77. Bears beat the Jets and Niners on yhe road, and meh, but New England barely beats the Raiders at home and they’re 5th. Ok. Not saying the Bears are top 5 (they’re not), but neither are the Pats.

  78. jmethane says: Sep 23, 2014 3:51 PM

    ….only to have Russell Wilson drive down the field and score a TD on them in overtime so easily and smoothly that the whole ending seemed like a Parent letting his kid catch up to him in a race so that the cute little guy feels better about himself.

    Still confused?
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    Wrong. A more accurate description of the game is that Seattle’s offense was getting shut down in the second half, Seattle’s defense got owned in the final few minutes allowing the game to be tied, Seattle gets a lucky coin toss and Russell Wilson saves your D from embarrassment. One year of success after SO MANY decades of losing has Seahawk fan delusional.

    Still confused?

  79. Denver vs Seattle

    We all knew how it would end.

    Some won’t admit it. Others will blame refs. Still others a coin.

    But deep down, we all knew.

  80. The Chiefs are not only going to win Monday Night at a crazed, loudest crowd on Earth Arrowhead, they are going to spank the overrated Pats. Then they are going to put another nail in the 49ers coffin next Sunday as Alex shows the Niner fans they traded the wrong QB. Chiefs 3-2 going into their Bye week, and getting Charles and Berry back afterwards = Playoffs.

  81. logicalvoicesays, I like your thinking… start a blog… Clear thinking is not common when it comes to sports… but emotionally (not logically) I am going with a team that will play on Thanksgiving… I will let you know on Thanksgiving which team… but I am afraid you are right.

  82. Wrong. A more accurate description of the game is that Seattle’s offense was getting shut down in the second half, Seattle’s defense got owned in the final few minutes allowing the game to be tied, Seattle gets a lucky coin toss and Russell Wilson saves your D from embarrassment. One year of success after SO MANY decades of losing has Seahawk fan delusional.

    ———————————————————

    Wrong. Being up 17-3 at halftime the Seahawks went into a more conservative gameplan of running the ball(because we can). The drives got stalled but the clock was ticking.

    The safety and the interception to give Denver 7 pts are why the broncos even had a shot at the end.

    Granted, Maxwell got abused in that final drive but besides that final drive Peyton was shut down all day long.

    Then the Seahawks get a “Lucky” coin-toss which the Denver radio announcer called “good for Denver” because all they had to do was shut down Russell like they had all half long.

    Whoops.

    Russell just adds to his legend. He may end up being the kid in Peyton’s QB camp that grows up to destroy his mentor’s legacy. Was last year’s superbowl just the start? He did it again on Sunday.

  83. The Stooler fans are coming here in droves.. Such a bandwagon fan base.

    Enjoy the trash we set out this year .. I..e.. James Harrison

    -Bengals fans

  84. Stopped reading after #5. If you lose to the Dolphins and struggle to beat the Raiders at home, you do not belong in the top 5. Pats are way overrated.

  85. Oakland was playing for its life in New England. Now their season’s over. That’s all that was. Oh, and some of those Raiders (see Woodson) are still trying to exact revenge on the Patriots.

  86. This should be relevance rankings. The differences in “power” in the most balanced teams come down to penalties, injuries, and one off bad plays or decisions.

    Relevance Top 10:

    1. Seahawks- reigning Champs..best D at the end
    2. 49ers-wait for it…somewhere around 12-4
    3. Broncos- a good team made better
    4. Pats- weak divison, good QB, good coach
    5. Saints- Brees and Peyton +homefield
    6. Eagles-unstoppable O carries over from last yr
    7. Bengals-good D and good if not great O
    8. Cardinals-their time is coming
    9. Chargers-winning big when they need it so far
    10.Atlanta- they got a good QB..

  87. 49ers started out 1-2 last year and were one play away from making it to the SuperBowl. I’d say ranking of #17 is pretty ridiculous. The Bears and Cardinals aren’t playing bad football.

  88. dontblinkmedia says: Sep 23, 2014 3:12 PM

    Anyone really think the Broncos wouldn’t handle the Bengals? Comon man.
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    You just found him! The Bengals will not only HANDLE Denver, it will be in convincing fashion at PBS. Manning will be lucky to get out alive!

  89. The Patriots at #5 is complete BS… Let them win a game against a team with more strength than the Raiders or Vikings! I mean c’mon… They were smacked around by the Dolphins for god sake! I really wish you analyst’s would stop ranking the Patriots on how they used to be, rather than how they truly are! They no longer have a stingy D… Tom Brady is no longer the same player he was years ago and without help, Belicheck has his hands tied. #10-#12 is where they should be ranked.

  90. I really wish you analyst’s would stop ranking the Patriots on how they used to be, rather than how they truly are!

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    They keep finishing every season with 12 or more wins, m$ron

  91. Some dude said the Redskins will make the SB?>?>? WTF? So you think they will even make the playoffs huh? Then let’s say they do and run into the Seahawks.. You think they would beat them in Seattle? The NFC will go through Seattle again this year. Hahaha..

    we’ll find out in about a week and a half when Seahawks play the Skins on MNF in DC. Skins are not that good but they are better with Cousins, I admit that. RG3 is a bust and even hardcore Skins fans are starting to admit that.

  92. BengalCoast offense will do just fine this year. Stars get hurt, and it’s just the next man up in Cincinnati.

    After the Bengals beat the Patriots in week 5, they’ll be ranked number 1 all the way through their Super Bowl victory in February.

  93. Pats should not be ahead of AZ:

    AZ games:
    4th Quarter comeback Win versus very good SD team

    Win versus bad NYG team but with backup QB Stanton playing on 2 hrs notice on the road 10am start for a West coast team, and beat them by 11 points

    4th Quarter comeback Win versus talented but poorly coached Niners team 23-14 with backup QB Stanton

    NE Games:
    Loss @MIA
    Win@MIN, no AD
    Close Win @ home versus Oakland, possibly the worst team in the league.

    Pats are clearly getting by on reputation in these rankings. It’s not 2005 anymore.

  94. “Pats are clearly getting by on reputation in these rankings. It’s not 2005 anymore.”

    No, it’s 2014. As in one year removed from 2013, when the Pats went to the AFCCG and recorded regular season wins over the Broncos and Saints before defeating the Colts in the playoffs. They were also one controversial pass away from defeating the Panthers in Carolina.

  95. Let the sked play out and watch the Pats fall. Those of you complaining about the Pats rank are afraid they’ll improve (as they always do) and end up justifying the rankers’ love.

  96. bencoates57 says:
    Sep 27, 2014 7:41 PM
    “Pats are clearly getting by on reputation in these rankings. It’s not 2005 anymore.”

    No, it’s 2014. As in one year removed from 2013, when the Pats went to the AFCCG and recorded regular season wins over the Broncos and Saints before defeating the Colts in the playoffs. They were also one controversial pass away from defeating the Panthers in Carolina.
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    Yeah, and while we’re pretending it’s last year, the Falcons are hot garbage and the Chiefs are great.

    It’s 2014, the Raiders still stuck and you barely beat them at home. You also lost to a Miami team that was bad in 2013. Try not cherry-picking so much next time.

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