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Chiefs, Packers move up in latest NFL Power Rankings
September 20, 2013 - Andy Heintz
I am getting a late start on this week’s rankings. I did not include Kansas City’s win Thursday night in this week’s installment but it is clear right now that the Chiefs belong in the top 10. Here is a run down of my top 10, followed by my bottom five.
10. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals could have beaten the Bears in Week 1 and the defense was impressive against a banged up Steelers roster. There is not much to hate about the offense either, with prolific wideout A.J. Green and the backfield duo or Benjarvis Green-Ellis and Giovani Bernard. The talent on the defensive line also is some of the best in the league.
9. Chicago Bears
The difference between 2-0 and 0-2 for the Bears is minimal. But like I said before, fans won’t ever worry about that when the result ends up in the win column. I didn’t expect the Vikings game this past weekend to be as close as it was, but division games are always tricky. Their plus-four scoring differential will have to improve to remain in the top 10 moving forward.
8. Kansas City Chiefs
I wasn’t sure what to think about the Chiefs after their Week 1 win over the league’s worst team, but beating Dallas at home was impressive. I am not considering their Week 3 win over Philadelphia in this installment, but you can expect Kansas City to move up if the teams above them slip up this weekend. It’s hard not to like the Chiefs defense, and the offense doesn’t hurt themselves.
7. Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons got back on track last weekend after losing to arch rival New Orleans in the opener. The one thing I would be concerned about if I am in the organization or a fan watching is the Falcons’ inability to close out their opponents in crunch time. They jumped out to an early lead over the Rams in Week 2 but nearly lost the lead late. Injuries are coming into play with this squad too, though.
6. Houston Texans
The Texans are 2-0 but it hasn’t been pretty and it hasn’t come easy. Houston has only a plus-nine when it comes to points over points allowed, but the defense is still stout and the offense has Arian Foster. I like this team moving forward but they’ll have to play better than they have in the first few weeks.
5. New Orleans Saints
There are so many teams I could have put in this spot, and New Orleans nearly lost in Week 2. But in the NFL, it is win and move on to the next week. The Saints’ win over the Falcons in Week 1 holds plenty of water and road games in the NFL are still road games no matter who the opponent is.
4. Green Bay Packers
I was really impressed with how Green Bay played in San Francisco during Week 1. Some will even put the Packers ahead of the 49ers this week even though they lost to the defending NFC West champions. It is hard to judge just how good they are though as Washington is struggling as much as anyone. But the defense appears to be much better than in 2012.
3. San Francisco 49ers
I still think the 49ers are Super Bowl contenders. And I still believe Colin Kaepernick is not a walking turnover. San Franciso is battling through some injuries and may take some lumps early in the season, but when the squad gets healthy, nothing tells me that they won’t be in the mix come playoff time.
2. Seattle Seahawks
The biggest over-reaction to Week 2 may have been Seattle’s blowout win over division rival San Franciso. The 49ers got blown out in Seattle last year as well but still advanced to the Super Bowl. The Seahawks won’t lose many – if any – games at home. They still nearly lost at Carolina in Week 1.
1. Denver Broncos
With two wins against the most recent Super Bowl champions, the Broncos clearly look like the league’s best team. Not only are they 2-0 against the Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants, they outscored them 90-50. The schedule won’t get too tough until they head to Indianapolis on October 20.
5. New York Jets; 4. Washington Redskins; 3. Pittsburgh Steelers; 2. Cleveland Browns; 1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Rising: Kansas City, Green Bay, Miami
Falling: New England, Washington, Dallas
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