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2009 Week 4 NFL Power Ratings

Archived Record of Our Sports Handicapping Columnists' Week Four NFL Football Power Ratings After Week Three of the 2009 Season's Action.

2009 Week Four NFL Power Ratings
(Dated 9/29 to 10/4/2009)

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1. New York Giants (3-0) – The New York Giants remained at the top of the NFL Power Rankings with their 24-0 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the win over Tampa Bay, the Giants allowed just 86 total yards, including 28 on the ground. Eli Manning was able to complete 14 of 24 passes for 161 yards and 2 touchdowns. Ahmad Bradshaw was the rushing leader for the Giants, rushing for 161 yards, while his teammate Brandon Jacobs carried the ball 26 times for 92 yards and a touchdown. The Giants moved to 3-0, after beating Washington and Dallas during the first two weeks. The Giants will play their third straight road game on Sunday when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs.

2. Baltimore Ravens (3-0) – The Baltimore Ravens have started the season, scoring 103 points, while allowing just 53. The Ravens latest win was a divisional blow-out over the Cleveland Browns. In the win on Sunday the Ravens defense allowed just 3 points to the Browns. Joe Flacco has had a solid second year in the NFL through three games. Flacco has thrown for 839 yards in three games. The Ravens are led in touchdowns by Willis McGahee with 6. Baltimore has a one game lead over the Cincinnati Bengals, with a 3-0 record. The Ravens will play their toughest game of the season to this point on Sunday when they play at New England. The Ravens remained # 2 in the power rankings with the win.

3. New Orleans Saints (3-0) – The New Orleans Saints did not showcase their high powered offense in week three, but nonetheless came away with a 27-7 win over the Buffalo Bills. Drew Brees has put up MVP type numbers, by completing 16 of 29 passes on Sunday, but without a touchdown. Despite that, on the season the Saints have scored 9 touchdowns. Pierre Thomas had a coming out party on Sunday, rushing 14 times for 126 yards and two touchdowns. The Saints scored 93 points in the first two wins over Detroit and Philadelphia. The Saints were able to move up one position from # 4 to # 3. New Orleans will take on the 3-0 New York Jets at home on Sunday, before taking week five off. Beat Buffalo 27-7. 4.

4. Minnesota Vikings (3-0) – The Minnesota Vikings found out exactly why they went out and picked up Brett Favre in the final days of training camp. Favre led a game winning touchdown drive to beat the 49ers 27-24. Favre finished the day with two touchdowns on 24 of 46 for 301 yards. Favre also threw one interception. The Vikings continue to lead the NFC North, ahead of Green Bay and Chicago, both at 2-1. The Vikings moved up one spot with their win, from # 5 to # 4. Minnesota will play the Monday Night game this week when they play at home against the Green Bay Packers. This will be Brett Favre’s first appearance as a Viking against his former team.

5. Indianapolis Colts (3-0) – The Indianapolis Colts continued their impressive start to the 2009 season, after their win on the road on Sunday Night. After a slow start, trailing 3-0 after one quarter, the Indianapolis Colts poured on 21 second quarter points, followed by 10 second half points to win 31-10. Peyton Manning was once again impressive for the Colts, throwing the ball 35 times, completing 24 of them, for 379 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Colts this season have outscored opponents 72-45. The Colts lead the AFC South by two games, with Jacksonville and Houston at 1-2 and the Titans 0-3. The Colts made a one team improvement, from last week at # 6, inside the top 5 this week, at # 5. The Colts will host the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday afternoon.

6. Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) – The Philadelphia Eagles picked up their second win of the season on Sunday; in a 34-14 decision over Kansas City. With the win, the Eagles made a two team jump from # 8 to # 6. The Eagles got a quality start out of their quarterback Kevin Kolb. Kolb threw for 327 yards and a touchdown, and also ran for a touchdown in the game. Kolb is taking the place of injured Donovan McNabb. This was the first game for Eagles back-up quarterback Michael Vick. Vick was quiet, running the ball once, and throwing twice. The Eagles will take week four off, before hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during week five.

7. New York Jets (3-0) – The New York Jets remained undefeated on Sunday with their 24-17 win over the Tennessee Titans. Rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez threw for 2 touchdowns, and ran for another, while turning the ball over just once in the win. Head Coach Rex Ryan has brought toughness to a Jets team that has beat the Texans, Patriots and Titans. In three games this season the Jets have allowed just 33 points, all while scoring 64 offensively. The Jets will have a tough test in week four when they play on the road against another unbeaten team in New Orleans.

8. New England Patriots (2-1) – The New England Patriots quieted a few of their critics on Sunday, downing the previous unbeaten Atlanta Falcons. Tom Brady passed the ball 42 times, for 277 yards and a touchdown in the win. New England still trails the New York Jets at the top of the AFC East. The win for New England allowed them to move from # 9 to # 8. The Patriots will host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday in what many expect to be quite the battle between two hard nosed teams.

9. Denver Broncos (3-0) – The Broncos made their move inside the top ten with a win over the Oakland Raiders. Denver came into the week ranked 16, now at # 7. The Broncos, after winning in week one in dramatic fashion over Cincinnati, picked up a week two win over the Browns, and then downed the Raiders. Kyle Orton, who came over from Chicago in the Jay Cutler trade has been effective for Denver. Orton has thrown for 663 yards, but has kept the ball in the offense’s hands. The defense has been what has lifted Josh McDaniels and the Broncos. Denver has allowed just 16 points in three games this season. The Broncos will host the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday.

10. San Diego Chargers (2-1) – The San Diego Chargers picked up a 23-13 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The win for the Chargers was their second of the season, while Miami fell to 0-3. Quarterback Phillip Rivers did not throw for a touchdown in the game, but threw for 303 yards and also ran for a touchdown. The Chargers defense allowed just two field goals in the first three quarters before the Dolphins picked up a touchdown late in the game. The Chargers remain at # 10 in the power rankings. San Diego will travel to Pittsburgh on Sunday Night to take on a Steelers team that has lost two straight games.

11. Atlanta Falcons (2-1) – The Falcons fell for the first time this season on Sunday. Atlanta was held scoreless in the second half of the 26-10 loss to the Patriots. Running back Michael Turner ran for just 56 yards in the loss, while quarterback Matt Ryan had his worst game of the 2009 season, completing just 17 of 28 passes for 199 yards. The Falcons are now one game behind New Orleans at the top of the NFC South. Atlanta, with the loss fell eight spots from # 3 to # 11. The Falcons will take week four off, and then come back on October 11th and play on the road at San Francisco.

12. Dallas Cowboys (2-1) – The Dallas Cowboys picked up a big win on Monday Night over the Carolina Panthers. Dallas was held scoreless in the first half, and then blasted Carolina 21-0 in the second half for a 21-7 win. The Cowboys were without running back Marion Barber, and now may be without Felix Jones, with an injured knee. Tashard Choice took the grunt of the offense for Dallas, carrying the ball 18 times for 82 yards and a touchdown. The Cowboys are just one game behind the New York Giants, a team Dallas lost to in week two, in the NFC East. Dallas will play at Denver on Sunday.

13. Chicago Bears (2-1) – The Chicago Bears went on the road Sunday and picked up a big win over the Seattle Seahawks. Jay Cutler led the offense down the field for the second straight week and downed the Seattle Seahawks 25-19. Cutler finished the game with 247 passing yards, 3 touchdowns, along with an interception. Devin Hester was the recipient of the final touchdown to put the Bears on top. Chicago continues to trail the Minnesota Vikings by one game in the NFC North. Chicago remains # 13 with their win. The Bears will host the Detroit Lions this Sunday. Detroit is coming off their first win since the 2007 season.

14. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2) – The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their second straight game 23-20 to the Cincinnati Bengals. Carson Palmer passed a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell with just 14 seconds to go to seal the deal for the Bengals. The loss for the Steelers was their first loss in Cincinnati since 2001. The Steelers are now in third place in the AFC North, behind Baltimore (3-0) and Cincinnati (2-1). The Steelers fell seven positions in the power rankings from # 7 to # 14. Pittsburgh will play yet another tough game on Sunday when they host the San Diego Chargers.

15. San Francisco 49ers (2-1) – The 49ers were seconds away from starting 3-0, and completely controlling the NFC West. San Francisco led Minnesota 24-20, until Brett Favre threw a to Greg Lewis with just two seconds to go to cap the win off for Minnesota. San Francisco quarterback Shaun Hill tossed two touchdown passes in the loss. The 49ers also lost their top running back Frank Gore to an injury. Rookie Glen Coffee will fill in for the next few weeks while Gore sits. The 49ers fell four spots from # 11 to # 15 with the loss. San Francisco will host the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

16. Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) – Cincinnati made an eight team jump this week following their 23-20 win over the big bad monster of the AFC North. The Bengals beat the Pittsburgh Steelers at home for the first time since 2001. The win came behind Carson Palmer throwing a touchdown pass to Andre Caldwell with the clock ticking down. Cincinnati now sits in second place in the AFC North by themselves, just a game behind the Baltimore Ravens. Cincinnati feels they could be 3-0, as week one they were downed by a fluke touchdown by the Denver Broncos. The Bengals will look to continue their winning streak on Sunday when they play at Cleveland.

16. Green Bay Packers (2-1) – The Green Bay Packers bounced back from their week two loss at home to Cincinnati to spoil the St. Louis Rams home opener. The Packers led from start to finish in this game; scoring 36 points. The Packers used 269 passing yards from Aaron Rodgers, also with 2 passing touchdowns and a rushing touchdown. The Packers are tied with the Chicago Bears in second place in the NFC North, one game behind the Minnesota Vikings. Green Bay and Minnesota will get together on Monday Night Football this week in Minneapolis. It will be Brett Favre’s first appearance as a Viking against his old team; the Packers.

18. Arizona Cardinals (1-2) – The Arizona Cardinals had a tough time on both sides of the ball Sunday Night in a tough loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Arizona was held to just a single field goal in the first half, and allowed three second quarter touchdowns. The second half was not much better, as Arizona was out scored 10-3. Arizona is now a game behind San Francisco in the NFC West, a division they won in 2008. The Cardinals will be off this week and then host the Houston Texans on October 11th.

19. Buffalo Bills (1-2) – The Buffalo Bills were not able to slow down the red hot New Orleans Saints. Buffalo scored early in the game, but were not able to get any more points on the board, falling 27-7. The Bills defense did the best job of any team thus far at slowing the Saints offense down. New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees was held from scoring a passing touchdown. The loss for the Bills drop them from # 18 to # 19. The Bills will play against a fellow AFC East opponent in the winless Miami Dolphins in South Florida.

20. Tennessee Titans (0-3) – The Tennessee Titans, after winning the AFC South in 2008 have started off 2009 winless. The Titans fell for the third straight time on Sunday, in a 24-17 decision to the New York Jets. The Titans got off to a slow start, trailing 14-0 after one quarter, only to fight back within 4 points. Tennessee was unable to score in the final quarter of the game. The Titans are now the lone winless team within the AFC South, trailing the 3-0 Indianapolis Colts. The loss for Tennessee slipped them one position from # 19 to # 20. The Titans will play at Jacksonville on Sunday.

22. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2) – The Jaguars picked up their first win on Sunday. The win was an inter division game against the Houston Texans. Maurice Jones Drew ran 23 times for 119 yards and 3 touchdowns to aid the Jaguars over Houston. David Garrard was able to hang onto the ball enough for Jacksonville, passing for 214 yards in the win. The previous two games for the Jaguars were ugly, as they were downed at Indianapolis and to Arizona. The win for Jacksonville allowed them to make a six team improvement from # 27 to # 21. Jacksonville will host the winless Tennessee Titans on Sunday.

22. Houston Texans (1-2) – Just when Texans fans thought they were on the right track, after their big win last week over Tennessee - Houston falls flat and downed at home by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Houston led 21-17 at halftime, but were then out scored 14-3 in the final half and fell 31-24. Houston with the loss falls six positions from # 17 to # 23. The Texans will look to get back on track on Sunday when they take on the Oakland Raiders, at home.

23. Seattle Seahawks (1-2) – The Seattle Seahawks had a prime chance to pick up their second win of the season on Sunday. Olindo Mare missed two big field goals in the game, and Seattle could not stop Jay Cutler to Devin Hester late in the game, and fell 26-20. Head Coach Jim Mora Jr. was none too pleased with Mare’s performance and called him out in the post game press conference. Since then, the Seahawks have announced Mare would continue to be the team’s kicker. Julius Jones ran for 98 yards, but was held out of the end zone by the Bears. Despite the loss, Seattle remains at # 23. The Seahawks will play at Indianapolis on Sunday.

24. Carolina Panthers (0-3) – The Panthers, after looking like they were ready to turn the corner and maybe find their first win of the season, came out flat and gained just one first down in the second half on Monday Night. The Panthers went 3 and out on their first two drives of the second half, and then picked up a DeAngelo Williams, followed by one of three Jake Delhomme turnovers, that was returned by Dallas for the clinching touchdown. Since 1990, only three teams have made the postseason after starting 0-3. The Panthers will look to beat those odds. To do that, running back DeAngelo Williams will have to get more carries. Williams has only carried the ball 41 times in three games for the Panthers. The loss for Carolina dropped them three spots from # 21 to # 24. Carolina will take this week off, and then play in week five at home against the Washington Redskins.

25. Miami Dolphins (0-3) – After winning the AFC East in 2008, the Miami Dolphins under Tony Sparano have fallen flat on their face to start the 2009 season. The Dolphins lost for the third straight time on Sunday, 23-13 to the San Diego Chargers. Miami also lost their starting quarterback Chad Pennington to a shoulder injury, possibly for the remainder of the season. The Dolphins have struggled offensive this season scoring just 43 points. The Dolphins are the lone team within the AFC East that have yet to win. Miami remains # 25 in the power rankings. The Dolphins will play against another AFC East opponent on Sunday when they host the Buffalo Bills.

26. Oakland Raiders (1-2) – The Oakland Raiders felt they had a chance to jump into the race within the AFC West on Sunday. The Broncos had other ideas, coming away with a 23-3 win. The Oakland offense was held to just a second quarter field goal, as quarterback JaMarcus Russell was held to just 61 passing yards, while Oakland could also only pick up 95 rushing yards. The Raiders were looking to win back to back games after downing Kansas City in week two. The Raiders remain # 26 in the power rankings despite the loss. The Raiders will look to get back on track on Sunday, on the road at Houston.

27. Detroit Lions (1-2) – The Lions won their first game of the 2009 season, and broke a long losing streak that dated back to the 2007 season. The win came 19-14 over the Washington Redskins. In the win, rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford led the Lions, completing 21 of 36 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown. The Lions defense only allowed 14 points, after giving up an average of 36 per game in the first two games. Detroit moved up from # 32 to # 27 with the win. The Lions will look to extend their winning streak to two games on Sunday when they play at Chicago, against the Bears.

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3) – The Tampa Bay Buccaneers under new head coach Raheem Morris have certainly struggled to start the 2009 season. The Buccaneers took a 24-0 defeat at the hands of the New York Giants on Sunday. The loss was the third straight for Tampa Bay, with the other two coming to Dallas and Buffalo. Coach Morris has now elected to change quarterbacks for this weeks game. Out at quarterback is veteran Byron Leftwich and in will be youngster Josh Johnson. Tampa Bay has allowed 91 points in three games this season, and have only scored 41. The Buccaneers remain # 28 in the power rankings. Tampa Bay will look to pick up their first win on Sunday when they play at Washington, against the Redskins.

29. Cleveland Browns (0-3) – The Cleveland Browns offensive woes continued on Sunday when they were only allowed a field goal, in the 31 point thrashing from Baltimore. The Browns have scored just 29 points in three games, and even worse, have allowed opponents to score 95. The offensive number is the second worst, just ahead of St. Louis, while the defensive is the worst in the NFL. The Browns are the line AFC North team that has yet to win a game. Head Coach Eric Mangini stated after the loss that there would possibly be a quarterback change, from Brady Quinn to Derek Anderson, but both struggled on Sunday. The Browns will look to pick up their first win of the season on Sunday when they take on the Cincinnati Bengals, at home.

30. Kansas City Chiefs (0-3) – The Kansas City Chiefs remained winless on Sunday with their 34-14 defeat at the hands of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Chiefs remain # 30, just ahead of Washington and St. Louis within the power rankings. Matt Cassell threw two touchdowns for Kansas City on 14 of 18 passing and 90 yards. The Chiefs were only able to pick up 99 rushing yards in the loss. The Chiefs are the lone winless team within the AFC West. The Chiefs will have another tough test on Sunday when they host the 3-0 New York Giants.

31. Washington Redskins (1-2) – The Washington Redskins took one of the biggest drops this week, after their 19-14 loss at the hands of the Detroit Lions. Washington fell nine spots from # 22 to # 31. The Redskins are now 1-2 on the season, and head coach Jim Zorn has found his seat warming up. The Redskins have scored just 40 points through three games this season. In Sunday’s loss, running back Clinton Portis was only able go garner 42 rushing yards. Overall, Washington was only able to pick up 65 rushing yards in the loss. Washington will look to get back on track on Sunday when they host the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

32. St. Louis Rams (0-3) – The Rams did the unthinkable; they dropped below the Detroit Lions in the power rankings. Finally, St. Louis, with their third straight loss to start the 2009 season have fallen to the # 32 position. The Rams were downed by the Green Bay Packers 36-17, in their home opener. The Rams also may be without quarterback Marc Bulger, who has an injured shoulder. Bulger is doubtful for this week’s game at San Francisco. The Rams have been outscored 73-24 through three games this year.

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