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AFC West rivals sit 1-2 in latest power rankings
October 17, 2013 - Andy Heintz
The NFL is fun because we never know what to expect.
The Seahawks beat the Niners, the Niners beat the Packers, the Colts beat the Seahawks but lost to the Chargers, the Patriots lost to Cincinnati, which also beat Green Bay and New England also beat New Orleans. The Bengals also lost to Cleveland and Chicago, but the Bears couldn't beat Green Bay or Detroit.
You just never know what you are going to get each Sunday. No one predicted Atlanta to be 1-4 and Kansas City Chiefs were likely still thinking ahead to next year when the season began. It will be a fun but count on the cream to rise to the crop in the coming weeks, especially since some of the high-level teams are welcoming back their stars in the coming weeks.
The NFC will come down to Seattle, San Francisco, New Orleans and Green Bay when the dust settles, while New England, Denver, Kansas City and Indianapolis will be the top four in the AFC.
Here is my new top 10 this week. There was plenty of movement last week.
10. Green Bay Packers, 3-2
Two straight wins after their bye week have the Packers back on track. The wins also came against two potential playoff teams in Detroit and Baltimore. The next two against Cleveland and Minnesota should make it easy to get to 5-2.
9. Cincinnati Bengals, 4-2
The Bengals remained on the winning track after a victory over Buffalo. The road win over the Bills started a stretch of four out of five away from home. This weekend’s game against the Detroit Lions could be toughest of them all.
8. Chicago Bears, 4-2
The Bears head into a big road date with Washington coming off a narrow win over the winless Giants. There are still a lot of questions about this team, but a win is a win and 4-2 is 4-2. A win this weekend at Washington sends the Bears into the bye week with momentum and out of the bye against the Packers for a shot at first place in the division.
7. Indianapolis Colts, 4-2
San Diego sent Indianapolis down a rung with an impressive performance, but were the Colts looking ahead to the showdown with Denver this weekend. After hosting the Broncos and taking a week off, the Colts play three of four on the road. That should tell us where this team will be at the end of the year.
6. New England Patriots, 5-1
Just when the general public counts out the Patriots, Tom Brady hands Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints their first loss of the season. It wasn’t pretty but with so many injuries it may not be pretty all season.
5. San Francisco 49ers, 4-2
The 49ers responded to a big challenge from the Arizona Cardinals with dominant fourth quarter. The Niners are banged up but still finding ways to win games. This week, Colin Kaepernick used his best offensive pass catcher in Vernon Davis to pull away from their division rival. Four of their next five are away from home, including a big game with Tennessee this weekend and a trip overseas the following Sunday.
4. Seattle Seahawks, 5-1
Tennessee nearly handed the Seahawks a rare home loss but Seattle survived. That kind of an effort will not be good enough on the road against rivals Arizona and St. Louis the next two weeks.
3. New Orleans Saints, 5-1
The Saints failed to execute defensively in the latter part of the road loss to New England, but they are still one of the best teams in the NFC. After a bye this week, the Saints should be able to regroup with three straight wins against Buffalo, the New York Jets and Dallas, two of which are at home.
2. Kansas City Chiefs, 6-0
The start to a three-game homestand went as good as it could with a dominating win over rival Oakland. I still don’t believe in this Chiefs offense, but the defense is the real deal and will keep them in most games this year.
1. Denver Broncos, 6-0
It was going to be pretty tough to get up for a winless Jacksonville team, but the Broncos should have no issue with finding emotion Sunday in Indianapolis. Peyton Manning’s return to the team that drafted him should end well, but the Broncos have to lose at some point right?
5. Minnesota Vikings
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2. New York Giants
1. Jacksonville Jaguars
Rising: Rams, Eagles, Chargers Falling: Texans, Falcons, Colts
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