NFL Power Rankings: Three Undefeated Teams Remain, But One Isn’t A Super Bowl Contender

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Oct 6, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) reacts after throwing an interception in the 4th quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles during the game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

BOTTOM 10

32. Jacksonville Jaguars

Record: 0-5

Previous Ranking: 32

To my knowledge, which is admittedly severely limited, there is not a Vegas prop bet on whether Baylor or Denver will score more points this weekend. There should be, and it would be fascinating to see where the money went.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

Record: 0-5

Previous Ranking: 31

Josh Freeman is gone so Tampa is all in on the Mike Glennon experiment. What a disaster professional football in Florida is right now.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers

Record: 0-4

Previous Ranking: 27

Ben Roethlisberger has been sacked 15 times in four games. If the Steelers are not careful, they may not have a long-term solution at quarterback anymore.

29. New York Giants

Record: 0-5

Previous Ranking: 22

Seems like centuries ago New York was winning the Super Bowl. How this collapse has happened, and happened so suddenly, is mind-boggling.

28.Minnesota Vikings

Record: 1-3

Previous Ranking: 26

Josh Freeman is a really good pickup for the Vikings if they are able to keep him long-term. Unfortunately, the front office that acquired him may not have a chance to make that decision.

27. Carolina Panthers

Record: 1-3

Previous Ranking: 19

For those who believe defense wins championships: Behold, the Carolina Panthers.

26. St. Louis Rams

Record: 2-3

Previous Ranking: 18

Things are about to get really tough for the Rams over the next nine weeks. We’re about to find out how much Jeff Fisher has left in the tank as a coach.

25. Oakland Raiders

Record: 2-3

Previous Ranking: 29

Injuries and a lack of a passing game has hurt the Raiders, but this is not a team that a contender wants to have to play. Especially in Oakland.

24. Buffalo Bills

Record: 2-3

Previous Ranking: 25

E.J. Manuel’s injury is disappointing, because they were really turning into a team that could have picked off a wild card spot. Without Manuel and Cincinnati, Miami, New Orleans, and Kansas City coming up the next four weeks any shot of a playoff spot seems out of reach.

23. Washington 

Record: 1-3

Previous Ranking: 28

The healthier Robert Griffin III gets, the more dangerous Washington becomes. Making the playoffs is not out of the question in the wide open NFC East.

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  • jayhwk01

    Romo does not need a psychologist…he needs a Defense. Has had some high profile letdowns. Yes, and much of it blown up by the media. Such is the life of a QB for the highest profile team in the NFL. Fact is he has the highest QB rating of ANY current NFL QB. Tony Romo has been failed by his owner, defense, and coaching far more than he has failed them. Perception is a funny thing.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      I couldn’t agree more with you on that. Nobody gets more undeserved hate than Romo, and it’s friggin’ ridiculous what some people say about him. That pick? He couldn’t put anything on it because his foot got tangled with LT Tyron Smith’s. Just bad luck and a great play from the Broncos defender to dive in and capitalize. There is no way you can blame Romo for the loss. No way at all.

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      I was really pulling for Dallas this weekend jay hawk. That would have made my week!

      • jayhwk01

        I wish my boys could have delivered for you. As much as I hate pulling for your Chiefs I loved the beat down KC gave the Giants and the Eagles.

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    According to this guy, there is no reason to even finish the season…that’s right pack it up folks, Denver going undefeated is a forgone conclusion.

    Every year there is the team everybody wets themselves over, and it usually doesn’t end up as the “experts” think. Not saying Denver isn’t great, they are….BUT THAT IS WHY THEY PLAY THE GAMES!!

    • jayhwk01

      I agree there is no reason to Crown Denver and the games are played for a reason. Remember Brady and the Pats anybody? BUT…..I don’t think barring a Manning injury anybody is betting their mortgage on anybody taking the division from Denver. Manning is simply playing at another level than any other player in the NFL right now. KC is having a great year….it just looks like they picked the hardest year possible to have a great season in their division.

      • ……ChiefsFan……

        I sadly agree. I don’t think the Chiefs are going to win the division. However, as you stated, if Manning were to get injured…can anyone see this team winning many games?

        • jayhwk01

          Nope…Denver will go as Manning goes I believe.

  • ……ChiefsFan……

    If I remember correctly. Didn’t Denver (made up of mostly the same players as last year) barely escape defeat against the Chiefs? I can’t remember for sure but wasn’t the score like 17-9? I personally think the colts are going to give Denver all they can handle, and records usually don’t matter in division games.

    • Chris Sanchez

      The Colts have a bad defense, especially against the run and they have not been challenged by an elite pass offense (something SF or Seattle do not have). The Colts defense will be exposed against Denver, but Denver has an average defense at best so expect another shootout like in Dallas. Yes Denver did struggle in KC but it took a late score by the Chiefs to make the game closes than it really was. KC was never a threat to Denver in the game. If I were a KC fan I would be worried about Smith throwing close to 40 times a game especially without Avery.

  • Jason Seibel

    I think this has to be the worst Power Rankings I’ve seen. How can you have a 3-2 team in the 49ers over the Chiefs who are 5-0? I get that the Chiefs don’t fit your breakdown system of supposed Superbowl contenders, but that’s just lopsided. Let’s not forget that the Seahawks who you also have about the undefeated Chiefs nearly lost against the dumpster fire that is the Houston Texans and did lose against the Colts, thanks to Wilson throwing a Romo. Come on man, let’s ease off Manning’s jock a little put the Chiefs where they belong until they prove otherwise.

    • ……ChiefsFan……

      I can’t click the up vote enough. THIS^^^^

      • Jason Seibel

        Thanks. And Ben, by the way, just having the Redskins listed as Washington is just…well…I’m not even going to say what it is. Come on, man!

    • PunjabiPete

      That’s OK, I’m just waiting for week 11 when they have to stop licking Peyton Manning’s jock strap long enough to mention Denver got beat by KC…

    • Chris Sanchez

      Which is a better team : KC or SF? Its pretty obvious to unbiased observers that SF is a better team regardless of team records

      • Jason Seibel

        I’m not even going to dignify this with a response…dammit…I just did. Oh well, since I’m here, let me just say that your comment, is a little baseless. There is nothing obvious and I’m sure you’re not unbiased. The Kansas City Chiefs sit atop their division and are yet, unbeaten. They lead the league in sacks, turnovers (takeaways) and are in the top five against the pass and the top 7 overall. On offense, their PPG is higher than SF, Smith’s numbers are superior to Kaepernick’s thus far this season and they have a better running back. Tell me, in your unbiased opionion, how the San Francisco 49ers are a better team than the KC Chiefs.

        • GatorHawk

          I’m happy Alex Smith and Andy Reid are doing so well for themselves in KC. And I agree that these rankings aren’t the best. But let’s not lose ourselves here. KC has played *one* opponent with a winning record – Tennessee at a whopping 3-2 – and two opponents who are winless (there are only four in the league). They beat a 2-3 Cowboys team by 1 point *at Arrowhead*. While I hope they do well, let’s not drink the Kool-Aid quite yet. Let’s wait until KC plays the Colts, Bolts, Broncos, and even the Texans.

          • ……ChiefsFan……

            You got the down vote. I’m so tired of reading these lame ass excuses about how the chiefs are gaining success.

            Last time I checked the chiefs didn’t make their own schedule. They can only play the teams lined up across from them. They are doing what they are supposed to do by beating every team they play, regardless of record.

            And maybe…just maybe, the teams they are playing have bad records due to having to play AFC west teams. Surprisingly the AFC West is shaping up to be the best in football this year.

            Give the tired excuses a break, and drink up my friends! Let’s enjoy it!

  • MT

    REDSKINS REDSKINS REDSKINS If the author forgot how to spell it i thought I would put it in here for him. Either take out all team names or get off your high horse and type REDSKINS like all the other teams got their names.

    • Ben Nielsen

      Nope.

      • MT

        half my family is native indian and NOT ONE finds it offensive. Of all the members I have asked NOT ONE. For the media to get all in a huff about this is a joke and if you are offended by it by all means…
        Hear is a thought for you tho.. your name is sounding like you might be from a nordic county. If so maybe you should change your name as the people of england where the other half of my family comes from were raided and pillaged and raped and decimated by your people and they might find it offensive to be reminded of it every time they see your name. so from now on noone should use your last name?

        • Ben Nielsen

          Danish.

          • MT

            well the english were terrified of the danes so from now on you should not use your last name because someone has said that you should be ashamed you have not changed your family name as it its offensive to some part of the population.

  • Seth Michael L

    New Orleans is gonna handle up on Denver in the Super Bowl!!! mark that down on your calender