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Chiefs, Bears rising in latest NFL Power Rankings
September 26, 2013 - Andy Heintz
10. Dallas Cowboys
The lone loss for the Cowboys was a narrow defeat at Kansas City, who I moved up this week. Dallas is finally relying more on the run game and Tony Romo is not making mistakes in the passing game. That adds up to a little bit of success and a lead in the NFC East
9. Indianapolis Colts
The Colts went into San Francisco and beat down the defending NFC champion 49ers. The Niners have issues, but that is not Indy’s fault. They came in with a great gameplan, and put it to a preseason Super Bowl favorite.
8. New England Patriots
The Patriots haven’t impressed me yet this year but no matter what happens, they always find a way to win. Tom Brady’s biggest targets are out but he still finds a way to muster out victories. They were able to demolish an out of sorts Tampa Bay team this past weekend and will get tested Sunday at Atlanta.
7. Miami Dolphins
Are the Dolphins for real? I think it is too early to tell still but there is no doubt that the team is much improved. We expected a win over Cleveland but then Miami went up to Indy and won then took down last year’s No. 1 seed in the NFC. I think it’s time to recognizing that this team has a chance to win the AFC East.
6. Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals were down and out against the Packers but found a way to rally for the win. Andy Dalton is not beating himself but the four turnovers have to get better moving forward. They did not look great in the win over Pittsburgh but could have easily came out on top against the Bears and been undefeated at this point.
5. Chicago Bears
A writer for the Chicago Tribune said today, the Bears could be 0-3 as easily as they are 3-0. They are finding ways to win games, the defense is still scoring touchdowns and Marc Trestman’s offense is translating well from the CFL. The next two games at Detroit and at home against New Orleans will tell us just how good the Bears are.
4. Kansas Chiefs
Don’t tell the Chiefs that playing smart, efficient offensively and dominating defensively can turn around a franchise in a hurry. While the offense isn’t pretty at times, the Chiefs are doing enough to stay unbeaten. I don’t anticipate them staying at 4 all year long, but right now, there just isn’t a lot of teams playing better in the league. Two of their three wins are on the road and the defense has allowed just 34 points in three games.
3. New Orleans Saints
The Saints are officially back to being a contender. Drew Brees is spreading the ball to lots of different targets, and Jimmy Graham is establishing himself as the best tight end in football. The win over Atlanta was big in Week 1 but they continued to play good football the past two weeks as well. They didn’t play well against the Bucs and they probably should have clubbed Arizona but wins are wins and the 38 points allowed through three games is impressive.
2. Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks still haven’t played anyone except San Francisco and the 49ers have so many injuries that we probably don’t really know what that win meant. Beating Jacksonville at home is certainly not impressive but the defense of Seattle may be the best in the league. Road games against Houston and Indianapolis the next few weeks will tell us what we want to know about the undefeated Seahawks.
1. Denver Broncos
Right now, Peyton Manning looks better than he ever did in Indianapolis. That is scary for the rest of the league. But wins over the winless New York Giants and the Oakland Raiders are certainly not impressive. It is hard to say they are not the best team in the league right now, but I need to see more against better teams to think they have a shot at 16-0.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4. New York Giants 3. Washington Redskins 2. Minnesota Vikings 1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Rising: Chicago Bears, Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins
Falling: San Francisco 49ers,Green Bay Packers, Atlanta Falcons
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