NFL Power Rankings 2009: Week 4

NFL Power Rankings

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Team TW LW Record  
New Orleans Saints 1 1 4-0 The Saints defense gets better every week.
Minnesota Vikings 2 4 4-0 Brett Favre is now the only quarterback in NFL history to defeat all thirty-two teams.
Indianapolis Colts 3 4 4-0 No Marvin Harrison, no problem.
Denver Broncos 4 6 4-0 Who would have guessed that the Broncos would start 4-0 after all of their off season shenanigans.
New York Giants 5 7 4-0 The Giants and their obscenely good defense keep moving up the rankings.
New England Patriots 6 11 3-1 The “Tom Brady is afraid to get hit” rumors are over.
New York Jets 7 2 3-1 Will the acquisition of Braylon Edwards reap rewards or create locker room turmoil?
Baltimore Ravens 8 3 3-1 Showed a lot of maturity in loss to Patriots.
Philadelphia Eagles 9 9 2-1 Donovan Mcnabb will be back at the helm this week, but what to do with Kevin Kolb?
Atlanta Falcons 10 12 2-1 Nobody likes an early season bye week.
Dallas Cowboys 11 8 2-2 This just in: Tony Romo claims that he really can count to four.
San Francisco 49ers 12 15 3-1 Finally Michael Crabtree signs with the Niners, how nasty will they be now?
Pittsburgh Steelers 13 14 2-2 Roethlisberger threw for over 300 yards and Mendenhall ran for 165 against the Chargers. Do the Steelers finally have an offense?
San Diego Chargers 14 10 2-2 Almost gave up 500 yards and were down 28-0 to the Steelers and still almost won.
Green Bay Packers 15 13 2-2 The largest cable audience EVER watched the packers lose to the Vikes.
Chicago Bears 16 16 3-1 I like games where teams are out gained by 120 yards and still win by 24.
Cincinnati Bengals 17 17 3-1 The Bengals just might be good this year. Sorry Cleveland.
Houston Texans 18 23 2-2 Houston Texans: always dancing around .500.
Jacksonville Jaguars 19 24 2-2 I see the Jags making a big jump up the rankings after last week.
Arizona Cardinals 20 19 1-2 To quote A hitchhiker’s guide to the galaxy, “Don’t panic”. 
Miami Dolphins 21 21 1-3 Should the ‘Fins be happy about their first win being over a team that is more mismanaged than the New York Mets?
Buffalo Bills 22 20 1-3 If the Ralph Wilson doesn’t fire Dick Jauron soon, Western New Yorkers can kiss the team goodbye.
Seattle Seahawks 23 22 1-3 Whatever happened to Shaun Alexander?
Tenessee Titans 24 18 0-4 The losing streak continues. Is it time to give the team back to Vince Young?
Detroit Lions 25 25 1-3 For one week the Lions looked like a real football team. That wasn’t last week.
Washington Redskins 26 26 2-2 Somehow the ‘Skins are 2-2. I’d be surprised if they win more than five games.
Oakland Raiders 27 27 1-3 Why is JaMarcus Russell still the starting quarterback?
Carolina Panthers 28 28 0-3 Would the real slim shady please stand up.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 29 29 0-4 Maybe if the Bucs wear those awesome neon orange uniforms they’ll actually win a game.
Kansas City Chiefs 30 30 0-4 0-4 in the preseason = 0-4 in the regular season.
St. Louis Rams 31 31 0-4 (not remotely) The greatest show on turf.
Cleveland Browns 32 32 0-4 I’d much rather watch The Cleveland Show than the Cleveland Browns.

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4 thoughts on “NFL Power Rankings 2009: Week 4

  1. I’ve gotta think that the Browns got the better end of the trade. Edwards is a good WR, but he’s not THAT good. Stuckey is good; an extra LB is always a good thing, and draft picks are icing on the cake. Not that it will turn around the Browns season, but it is a good move for the future. And I don’t think Edwards will improve the Jets’ game by much if anything… though I could be wrong.

  2. I could be splitting some hairs here, however I can’t accept that the Broncos are actually a slot higher than the Giants. The Broncos have won against the Browns and Raiders, a Bengals team that could barely escape the Browns in overtime, and a Cowboys squad that defeated themselves. I’ll give you the Saints, Colts and Vikings for now, but come on, give the G-men a break.

    Oh and the Saints have looked impressive, but more so than Indy and Minnesota? We’ll see how the bye week gets them prepared for the Giants defense in two weeks which has only given up a league best 232 yards per game.

  3. The Giants vs. Saints should finally iron out the wrinkles at the top of my rankings. When so many teams start off 4-0 it’s really tough to move them around (even if I’ve overlooked a team like the Giants). I guess I ranked similarly to the way they do it in college football and I my analysis is by no means scientific. Go Bills!

  4. Fair enough. Too bad I’ll be in China when they are playing and it will be 1am there. Sheesh. Anyway, keep up the good work, even though I don’t always agree, my prognostication is certainly not superior to anyone else’s.

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