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2008 Week 4 NFL Power Ratings

An Archive of the Bankroll Sports Handicapping Columnists' Week Four NFL Power Ratings After the Third Week of play in the 2008 NFL Season.

2008 Week 4 NFL Power Rankings
(Dated September 23-28, 2008)

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  1. Dallas Cowboys (3-0) - The Cowboys continue to remain at the top of the rankings after an impressive road victory in Green Bay. In a 27-16 win over the Packers, Tony Romo was 17 of 30 for 260 yards and a touchdown. Running back Marion Barber carried the ball 28 times, piling up 142 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys have defeated Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Green Bay. The Cowboys are averaging 32 points a game, while the defense is allowing just 21. Behind Marion Barber, rookie Felix Jones gives the Cowboys a great 1-2 duo in the backfield. Jones has carried the ball 18 times for 148 yards and two touchdowns. Dallas will now take on Washington at home on Sunday.


  2. New York Giants (3-0) - The Giants move up from #3 last week to #2 this week after the 26-23 overtime win over Cincinnati. New York has scored 83 points, while allowing 43 in wins over Washington, St. Louis and Cincinnati. Quarterback Eli Manning has completed 65 of 107 passes, for 765 yards and four touchdowns. Brandon Jacobs has once again been a beast in the backfield for the Giants rushing 50 times for 244 yards and a touchdown. The Giants will take this week off, and be ready in week five when they host the Seattle Seahawks.


  3. Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) - The Eagles improve two positions this week, and slide into the top three in the NFL. Philadelphia, after playing an offensive shootout on Monday night against Dallas, was able to hold the Steelers offense down, allowing them just three points. The Eagles have scored 90 points, and allowed 50. In games, not played against Dallas, the Eagles have given up an average of just 4.5 points a game. The Eagles seem to be hampered with injuries with Brian Westbrook questionable for Sunday, and quarterback Donovan McNabb also a little banged up. The Eagles will take on the Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football this week.


  4. Tennessee Titans (3-0) - The Titans are one of six unbeaten teams in the National Football League. The win on Sunday moved Tennessee up four positions from # 8 to #4. Tennessee's wins have been over Jacksonville, Cincinnati, and Houston. The Titans have scored 72 points in three games, and have allowed just 29 points. That ranks second in all of football, behind Baltimore, who has allowed 20 points, but only played in two games. Quarterback Kerry Collins, who took over after a Vince Young injury sidelined him after week one, has led the Titans offense. The Titans will stay at home on Sunday and take on the 1-2 Minnesota Vikings.


  5. Buffalo Bills (3-0) - The surprising Buffalo Bills are 3-0 to start the season. The third win on Sunday, over Oakland 24-23 on a game winning field goal as the clock expired. The win for Buffalo moved the Bills from # 10 to # 5 in the week four power rankings. Quarterback Trent Edwards, running backs Marshawn Lynch and receiver Lee Evans lead the Bills offense. That offense has scored 78 points in three games. The three Bills wins have come over Seattle, Jacksonville, and Oakland. The Bills will travel to St. Louis on Sunday to take on the 0-3 Rams.


  6. Denver Broncos (3-0) - The Denver Broncos are a surprising 3-0. With their third win on Sunday, Denver moves from # 6 last week to # 11 this week. Denver leads the NFL in scoring, putting up 114 points in three games. Leading that offense is quarterback Jay Cutler, who has completed 73 of 108 passes for 914 yards and 8 touchdowns. Rookie receiver Eddie Royal has been a great compliment for MVP candidate Brandon Marshall, who has caught 24 passes, including two for touchdowns. Denver will travel to Kansas City on Sunday to battle the Chiefs.


  7. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) - The Steelers, after only scoring six points on Sunday dropped from inside the top five, down to # 7. The Eagles held the Steelers out of the end zone Sunday in a 15-6 win. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been limited with injuries and is questionable for Sunday. Willie Parker is out for this week as well, as the injury bug seems to have hit Pittsburgh early this season. On Sunday Pittsburgh will battle with the undefeated Baltimore Ravens.


  8. Green Bay Packers (2-1) - Green Bay falls one spot from # 7 to # 8 this week. On Sunday Dallas made their claim for the top spot in the NFC with a 27-16 win over Green Bay. Aaron Rodgers threw for 290 yards, but was not nearly enough as Dallas' defense clamped down when needed.  Running back Ryan Grant has yet to reach the end zone, and has been hampered with a few injuries to this point. In three games this year the Packers have scored 88 points, while allowing 71. The Packers will travel to Tampa Bay on Sunday to take on the Buccaneers.


  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1) - Brian Griese threw a franchise record 67 times, completing 38 of them, for 307 yards and two touchdowns, and three interceptions. Tampa Bay used a Matt Bryant field goal in overtime to oust the Bears. Tampa Bay's win moved them from # 14 to inside the top ten, at # 9. Tampa Bay will host the 2-1 Green Bay Packers on Sunday.


  10. Baltimore Ravens (2-0) -  The Ravens sneak into the top 10, at # 10, from # 19 last week. The Ravens have won two straight games, behind the strength of their defense, who has only allowed 20 runs. Baltimore has defeated Cincinnati and Cleveland, two teams that haven't really been powerhouses, but the Ravens will take the wins. Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco has taken care of the ball in the early going, but has yet to throw for a touchdown. Running back Le'Ron McClain has been solid, carrying the ball 36 times for 152 yards, and two touchdowns in the early going. The Ravens will travel to Pittsburgh to battle with the Steelers, who are 2-1 on the year.


  11. New England Patriots (2-1) - For the first time in years, the New England Patriots have dropped out of the top ten. Now the question is, is the drop from # 2 to # 11 worthy? After an embarrassing home 38-13 loss to Miami, the Patriots are questioning themselves without quarterback Tom Brady. Matt Cassell has started two games for the Patriots, and in those two games has thrown two touchdowns and one interception. The Patriots have scored just 58 points, while allowing 49. The Patriots will take this weekend off, and then travel across the country to battle the upstart 2-1 San Francisco 49ers.


  12. Carolina Panthers (2-1) - The Panthers fell out of the top ten, from # 6 last week to # 12 this week- a six-position jump. With the addition of Steve Smith, Carolina scored their lowest point total of the year, scoring just 10 points against Washington. Carolina has scored 61 points in three games, while allowing 56. Quarterback Jake Delhomme has thrown just one touchdown in the early going, with that pass being the game winner in week one over San Diego. Running back Johnathan Stewart has run the ball 31 times for 145 yards and three touchdowns. The Panthers will host the 2-1 Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.


  13. Indianapolis Colts (1-2) - The Colts, like New England have fallen out of the Top Ten for the first time in a long time. After coming in at # 9 last week, the Colts dropped four positions and are now # 13. Peyton Manning is taking much of the responsibility on himself for the slow start. After the injury Manning has not put up typical numbers, only throwing three touchdowns, in as many games. The Colts offense has only scored 52 points, while their defense has allowed 67. Indianapolis will take Sunday off, before traveling to Houston on October 5th to battle with the Texans in an AFC South match up.


  14. Washington Redskins (2-1) - The Redskins remain in the middle of the pack in the NFL power rankings, up one position from #15 to #14. Fair or not, the Redskins will be put to the test this week when they face the undefeated, and our # 1 team in the NFL- the Dallas Cowboys. Sunday's game will be played in Texas Stadium, in Dallas. The Redskins have won two straight, after the week one loss to the Giants. In week two Washington knocked off New Orleans, and in week three the 'Skins defeated Arizona 24-17. Washington has only outscored opponents 60-57 in three games. Both Clinton Portis and Santana Moss are averaging a touchdown per game played this year for Washington. Quarterback Jason Campbell has thrown for 647 yards and three touchdowns in the early going.


  15. Arizona Cardinals (2-1) -  The Cardinals drop two positions from # 12 to # 15, after their first loss of the season on Sunday. Arizona has scored 71 points, while allowing 47 on the year. The Cardinals won week one on the road at San Francisco, and then came home and beat Miami, before their 24-17 loss to Washington. Quarterback Kurt Warner has been sharp completing 54 of 84 passes for 750 yards and six touchdowns. The one-two combo of Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin have combined for 33 catches, 540 yards, and five touchdowns. The Cardinals will travel across the country on Sunday to face Brett Favre and the Jets.


  16. San Diego Chargers (1-2) - San Diego is one of the more difficult teams in the NFL to rank inside the power rankings. Ranked in the middle of the pack, a lot feel the Chargers are a much better team, but their 1-2 record tells us the truth. Moving up one position from # 17 to # 16 after the Monday Night win over the Jets, the Chargers will look to get to .500 this week as they travel to Oakland to face the 1-2 Raiders. On Monday, the Chargers put up 48 points on the Jets, led by 357 yards on offense and four turnovers forced. Phillip Rivers completed 19 of 25 passes for 250 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception. LaDainian Tomlinson's longest run was just five yards, but he was able to get into the end zone twice.


  17. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) - After coming from behind to beat the Indianapolis Colts, the Jaguars move up one position from #17 to # 18. Needed the entire clock in the fourth quarter kicker Josh Scobee kicked a game winning field goal to prevent Jacksonville from starting the season 0-3. The loss for Indianapolis dropped the Colts to 1-2. The Jaguars sit tied in second in the AFC South, and are two back of the leading Tennessee Titans. Jacksonville has scored 49 points, while giving up just 58 in the first three games. Quarterback David Garrard has completed 56 of 85 passes for 547 yards and a touchdown. Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones Drew have combined for 80 carries, accumulating 325 yards, and two touchdowns, both by Jones Drew.


  18. Atlanta Falcons (2-1) - Michael Turner and Roddy White have started the season as two of the more surprising players in the NFL. The Atlanta Falcons have gotten off to a surprising 2-1 start. In the two Falcons wins the offense has averaged 36 points a game, where in the one loss Atlanta scored just 9 points. Turner has ran the ball 59 times for 366 yards and five touchdowns in the first three games. White has caught 11 passes for 232 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Matt Ryan has done what he has needed to, to keep the ball in the hands of the Falcons offense. The win for Atlanta moved them up three spots from # 21 to # 18. Atlanta will travel to Carolina to take on the 2-1 Panthers on Sunday.


  19. New Orleans Saints (1-2) - The Saints fell for the second straight week and drop six spots from # 19 to # 13. In the 34-32 loss on Sunday, Drew Brees threw for 421 yards, and a touchdown. Martin Gramatica missed a 43 yard touchdown that would have given the Saints the win. Reggie Bush has run for 150 yards and two touchdowns, and also caught 250 yards, and also two touchdowns in the early going. The Saints will host the 2-1 San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.


  20. San Francisco 49ers (2-1) - The 49ers are currently tied in first place in the NFC West. They will put that first place rank on the line on Sunday as they travel to New Orleans to battle to 1-2 Saints. The win in week two moved San Fran from # 23 to #20. The 49ers have scored 77 points, while allowing 66. Frank Gore has carried the ball 60 times in three games, rushing for 287 yards and 3 touchdowns. Issac Bruce and Bryant Johnson have both caught a touchdown pass from Warner.


  21. Seattle Seahawks (1-2) - Seattle won their first ball game of the year on Sunday. The win, over St. Louis came easy, as the Seahawks jumped out to a quick 17-0 lead after one quarter. In the first two weeks, both losses, Seattle allowed 67 points, while scoring just 40. Julius Jones played a big part in the win over the Rams, rushing 22 times for 140 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Matt Hassleback completed 12 of 20 passes for 172 yards and a touchdown. Seattle improved four positions from # 25 to # 21. The Seahawks have a bye this week, and will prepare for their October 5th match up with the defending champs, and 3-0 New York Giants.


  22. Minnesota Vikings (1-2) - After an 0-2 start for Minnesota quarterback Gus Frerotte made his first start, and led the Vikings to a 20-10 win over Carolina. After two close losses, in week one to Green Bay, and week two to Indianapolis, the Vikings needed to get a win. Running back Adrian Peterson has ran for nearly 350 yards in the first three games, but was limited on Sunday, running for just 77. Minnesota will face another tough test on Sunday, as they travel to Nashville to battle the undefeated Tennessee Titans. The Vikings move up five spots with the win from # 27 to # 22.


  23. New York Jets (1-2)- The Jets dropped from # 20 to # 23 after their Monday night loss at San Diego. In the loss, the Jets have a difficult time keeping San Diego's offense off the field, and off the scoreboard. The Jets allowed San Diego to score 48, and have allowed 81 on the season. In the 48-29 loss Brett Favre threw for 271 yards, and three touchdowns, but also threw two interceptions. He also injured his ankle, so his status for this weekend is questionable. The Jets will take on Arizona at home on Sunday in an effort to get back in the win column for the first time since their week one win over Miami.


  24. Chicago Bears (1-2) - The Chicago Bears had chance after chance on Sunday, but weren't able to capitalize, or hold a ten point lead, in the over time loss at home to Tampa Bay. The loss drops the Bears five spots from # 19 to # 24. The Bears defense allowed 407 passing yards to their former third string quarterback Brian Griese. In three games played, a win over Indianapolis, and losses to Carolina and Tampa the Bears have scored 70 points, and allowed 60. Rookie running back Matt Forte has ran the ball 73 times, and compiled 304 yards and a touchdown on the ground. He has also caught 13 passes for another 105 yards and a score. The Bears will play host to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night.


  25. Miami Dolphins (1-2) - The Dolphins were the surprise story of week three, and this time it was for positive reasons. Ronnie Brown ran wild, and also added a touchdown pass in the 38-13 blowout win over defending AFC Champion, New England. Miami has been competitive, scoring 62 points in three games, while allowing 64. Chad Pennington has completed 53 of 83 passes for 589 yards and two touchdowns. The win moved the Dolphins up from the # 29 spot, to the # 25 position. Miami will take this weekend off before hosting the Chargers on October 5th.


  26. Oakland Raiders (1-2) - Lane Kiffin is still the head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Tomorrow may be a different story. After the tough 24-23 loss to Buffalo, in which the Bills kicked a field goal as time expired the Raiders are 1-2. In week one the Raiders were blown out by the Broncos, then Oakland bounced back with a win at Kansas City. Oakland, after the loss on Sunday falls from # 26 to # 24. Oakland will play host to the 1-2 San Diego Chargers in a battle for second place in the AFC West.


  27. Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) - The Bengals were improved on Sunday in their overtime loss to the defending champs, but improved was not enough. The Bengals are 0-3 with losses to Baltimore, Tennessee, and the Giants. Carson Palmer has thrown for 514 yards, but just one touchdown. In the three games Cincinnati has played, the Bengals have scored just 40 points, while allowing 67. The Bengals will play host to another winless Ohio team; the Browns on Sunday.


  28. Houston Texans (0-2) - The Texans have gotten off to a slow start losing in their first two games by double digits. Their second loss has dropped Houston from # 28 to # 26. On Sunday, Tennessee took Houston to the woodshed knocking around the Texans 31-12. The Texans did not score a touchdown in the game. In the two losses, the Texans have allowed 69 points, and scored 29. In the AFC South the Texans have fallen to the bottom once again, with every team in the division picking up a win. This week Houston will look to get their first win at Jacksonville, against the Jaguars.


  29. Cleveland Browns (0-3) - The Browns have scored the least amount of points in all the NFL. 26 points in three games coming from a team with Jamal Lewis, Braylon Edwards and Kellen Winslow is beyond confusing. Quarterback Derek Anderson has recently come under fire completing just 43 of 93 passes for 405 yards, and two touchdowns, but has also thrown five interceptions. Cleveland has not had an easy go of it in the early going, falling to Dallas, Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Those three teams are a combined 7-1 after three weeks. Braylon Edwards has yet to catch a touchdown pass, while Jamal Lewis has also been left out of the end zone. After their third straight loss the Browns fell from # 22, to # 29 in the rankings. Cleveland will go on the road on Sunday to face interstate rival, the Cincinnati Bengals.


  30. Kansas City Chiefs (0-3) - The Chiefs remain # 30 another week, due to the poor performances of both Detroit, and St. Louis. Kansas City is doing all they can to fall lower in the rankings. In the revolving door known as the Chiefs quarterback situation, no one has shown up to top the rest. On Sunday Tyler Thigpen threw three interceptions, and completed just 14 of 36 passes. Running back Larry Johnson was Kansas City's only positive, as he rushed for over 100 yards, on 24 carries, also picking up a touchdown. The Chiefs will remain at home this week to take on the AFC West leaders Denver. The Broncos come into Sunday's game 3-0.


  31. Detroit Lions (0-3) - Detroit sticks at the # 31 position after another disappoint loss, dropping the Lions to 0-3 on the season. On Sunday, Detroit was held to just 13 points, in a 31-13 loss to San Francisco. Jon Kitna only threw for 146 yards on 15 of 30 passing. On the year Kitna has completed 60 of 104 passes for 684 yards and five touchdowns, but he has also thrown five interceptions. In three games played the Lions defense has allowed 113 points, which ranks only behind St. Louis, who has allowed 116 points. Detroit will take week four off, before hosting the Chicago Bears on October 5th.


  32. St. Louis Rams (0-3) - The Rams remain at # 32, and don't look to be heading any other direction anytime soon. St. Louis has scored just 29 points in three games played, including just two touchdowns, both in the air. Running back Stephen Jackson has been a bust so far this season, not getting into the end zone, carrying the ball just 15 times for 133 yards. On Sunday, in the 37-13 loss to Seattle, the Rams defense allowed 407 total yards on offense, including 245 on the ground. The Rams will take on Buffalo at home this Sunday.

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