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Power Rankings (week 4)

September 28, 2011 by Steel Haven

1.1.Green Bay Packers3-0Only real concern is that they have given up over 300 yards passing in each of the first 3 games. Part of that of course is opponents playing from behind.
2.4.New Orleans Saints2-1This is why you don't want to face the Super Bowl champions in the Thursday night opener. Will have an uphill battle all season if they want to procure home field advantage.
3.8.Baltimore Ravens2-1The 1st 3 catches of rookie Smith's career were 1st quarter touchdowns in a blowout win.
4.14.Buffalo Bills3-0Overcame a 21 point first half deficit a week after overcoming a 17 point halftime deficit. The only remaining undefeated team in the AFC.
5.2.New England Patriots2-1Epic collapse in Buffalo with Brady throwing 4 picks, as many as all of last season, ends their 15 game winning streak over the Bills.
6.11.Detriot Lions3-0Undefeated after 3 games for the 1st time in 31 years. Won in Minneapolis for the 1st time since '97.
7.5.Houston Texans2-1Defensive revival under Phillips couldn't be sustained against Saints. Not a huge surprise.
8.10.Pittsburgh Steelers2-1Can Roethlisberger continue to overcome offensive line woes? Can resurgent Polamalu and Harrison overcome fellow aging defensive starters?
9.9.San Diego Chargers2-1Got lucky after somehow letting the toothless Chiefs back in the game despite giving up no 1st half 1st downs. There has always been something fundamentally wrong with them under Turner.
10.19.Oakland Raiders2-1A throwback with a dominating running game and physical defense. Has Vampire Al finally stumbled upon the right coach in Jackson?
11.3.New York Jets2-1Is defense too enamored with their press clippings? Allowed 234 rushing yards, a 7.3 yard per carry average and 4 TDs on the ground in Oakland.
12.13.Tampa Bay Buccaneers2-1Halted losing streak to the Falcons at 5.
13.16.Dallas Cowboys2-1Have had 9 straight games decided by 3 points or less, the most ever in league history.
14.17.New York Giants2-1Emphatically ended their 6 game losing streak to the Eagles with Manning throwing 4 TD passes and Cruz looking like a playmaker.
15.6.Atlanta Falcons1-2Seem to be suffering a hangover from last year's playoff debacle.
16.7.Philadelphia Eagles1-2Dream turning into a nightmare. At least Vick's right hand injury is now being reported as a bruise and not a break.
17.15.Washington Redskins2-1Remain winless in the new Cowboys Stadium.
18.12.Chicago Bears1-2Defending champs and streaking Lions put defending division winners behind the 8 ball.
19.20.Tennessee Titans2-1Victory tempered by loss of Britt for the season. Now really need Johnson to step up.
20.22.San Fransisco 49ers2-1Over-under at 4.5 on how many more wins they'll need to capture the NFC West crown. I am tempted to take the under.
21.23.Cleveland Browns2-1McCoy winning ugly after a rough start in the opener.
22.29.Carolina Panthers1-2An ugly win is better than Newton throwing for 400+ yards in defeat.
23.21.St. Louis Rams0-3Faced each of the Eagles, Giants and Ravens in the wrong week. Given their schedule and division could legitimately open 0-7 and make the playoffs with 7 or 8 wins.
24.24.Jacksonville Jaguars1-2Monsoon conditions made it impossible to evaluate Gabbert's 1st start.
25.25.Denver Broncos1-2Is it Tebow time yet?
26.32.Seattle Seahawks1-2Home divisional win keeps them off life support in the worst division in the NFL.
27.18.Arizona Cardinals1-2Treading water under Whisenhunt even with Kolb.
28.27.Cincinnati Bengals1-2Not good sign when the home opener is blacked out.
29.26.Miami Dolphins0-3English and Sparano are dead men walking.
30.28.Minnesota Vikings0-3Blew their 3rd straight triple digit lead taking the art of the 2nd half collapse to new heights.
31.30.Indianapolis Colts0-3Freeney and Mathis almost single handedly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. Almost.
32.31.Kansas City Chiefs0-3Had possession and a chance to pull a shocking upset with a minute to play before Cassel threw the ball to Weddle.

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