Lucky Seven: NFL Power Rankings Wk. 5

October 2, 2008 at 5:47 am Leave a comment

It was a crazy card for Sunday’s games last week, which means that my perceived power rankings felt a bit of a shakedown. Denver dropped out all together while the Washington Redskins broke into my top seven after being in the 13-18 range last week. Here’s what I got:

1.) New York Giants (3) – The G-Men moved up two spots without even playing last week. They are, however the defending SB champs. I have a problem believing that the Giants are as good as people think; they barely beat the Redskins in week one that should have been a lot worst and they had to take the Bengals to overtime in order to seal the deal. I even like Seattle to upset the Giants this Sunday.

2.) Tennessee Titans (5) – They may not have played a lot of good teams, but their defense is as physical as anyone’s in the league. Defense can win ball games, ask the 2000 Ravens. When you look at them in the long run, their receivers are average and Kerry Collins is there starter. No, Kerry’s not racking up DWI’s anymore. He’s guiding a pretty good Titans team. Wait for these guys to beat a quality squad, possibly Ravens defense this week.

3.) Dallas Cowboys (1) – They took a tremendous loss in a division where you cannot afford to do it. And please don’t say that they had an off-day, because you’re an idiot. Players get paid millions of dollars to play and believe it or not they want to win, they were simply out-played by a Washington team that perfectly executed their game plan. Washington proved that shutting down the Cowboy playmakers is the key to victory. Regardless, Dallas is still the best talent team in the NFL.

4.) Buffalo Bills (7) – They moved up a lot in my rankings because, even though their games are close, they prove week after week that they can pull it out when it matters. I like the Bills but they have the same problem that Tennessee does, they played bags of peanuts on Sundays so far. Wait for the quality team to visit them and see where they stand. Now that I think about it, jumping three spots for beating Oakland doesn’t sound right.

5.) Washington Redskins (NR) – They lose opening week to the defending SB champions by only nine points, shutting them down in the second half. They go on to beat two high-powered offenses in New Orleans and Arizona. Then they pull up the largest upset of last week when they demolished the Cowboys. The score made the game seem closer than what it was, and the Skins had plenty of opportunities to score without committing rediculous penalties. People may be sleeping on D.C. but they have yet to commit a turnover and they control the ball very well.

6.) Pittsburgh (4) – They barely beat the Ravens who started a rookie quarterback. I expected the Steelers defense to tear apart Joe Flacco limb by limb, with or without nose tackle Casey Hampton. Now factor in the health of the backfield and you get a 2-spot drop in the rankings after a hard-nosed win.

7.) Philadelphia Eagles (2) – They lose to the Bears in a game that they should have won. However, the game proved that the Eagles’ pass defense is suspect (Orton threw for 3 TDs). They can beat Pittsburgh but they can’t beat Kyle Orton? You have to beat the good teams to be the good team. I am tempted to put Carolina in the number seven spot, but I am a firm believer in the NFC East and I believe that any NFC East team would beat Carolina by atleast six.

I can’t wait to see what happens this Sunday. I expect to see the Giants lose, Tennesse has a tough game at Baltimore, and Washington is a 5-point underdog at Philly. I’ll catch up on the rankings next Tuesday.

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