Phill’s Quarter-Season Power Rankings!
We should probably call this edition: “Not Available.” That will make more sense in a bit. This season has been unpredictable, which is one of the reasons the NFL is so much fun. Contrary to some opinions, there have been some really good games this year and we are once again shaping up to have a good number of new playoff teams in the mix. As you will see below, the Top Ten has been invaded by many new faces this time around. And that’s a good thing. I don’t know if these teams will be able to keep it up for the next 12 games, but so far, they have earned their spots on my list. Feel free to tell me I’m an idiot in the comment section below. I can take it. (You can view the first Power Rankings right here.)
10. Rams (Last Time: N/A)
I don’t believe in them yet but you can’t knock them too low with a 3-1 record. New coach Sean McVay has done wonders with the offense.
9. Patriots (Last Time: 1)
The Pats have too much talent across the board to be playing at their current level. They will get this figured out. Unfortunately…
8. Broncos (Last Time: N/A)
They did get their third win against an Oakland team that lost their starting QB, so things could look very different right now at 2-2. Still, they have played solid football through 4 weeks.
7. Eagles (Last Time: N/A)
Once again, it’s still too early to know a whole lot about any team, but the Eagles look competitive. I fully expected them to make a move to the Top Ten during this season and they are not letting me down.
6. Bills (Last Time: N/A)
The Bills have very little offense. The Bills have an insanely smothering defense. They have only given up 54 points this season. That is not sustainable but it earns them a spot in the Top Ten this week.
5. Panthers (Last Time: N/A)
They have the pedigree to be a very good team. I don’t love them because their offense has been mostly MIA and losing Olsen won’t help at all. Still, I think they have enough pieces on both sides of the ball to make this a good season.
4. Packers (Last Time: 5)
About what I expected from them. Good offense. Average defense.
3. Steelers (Last Time: 3)
They looked bad one game this season – against a bad Bears’ team. Their offense will win them a lot of game this year but their defense has been more impressive so far.
2. Falcons (Last Time: 2)
I can’t put them lower yet even though they have not looked great. They are 3-1. They are doing what they need to do to make a playoff push. But Matt Ryan has been inconsistent and if he doesn’t improve, they will be one-and-done come postseason time. (Ryan is on my son’s fantasy team and he is ruining everything.)
1. Chiefs (Last Time: 10)
I didn’t see this one coming. I never expected Kareem Hunt to be such a game-changer. His addition to this offense has completely opened things up for everyone else. And the defense, which was good last year, hasn’t lost a step. Can they keep this up, particularly when Hunt hits the rookie wall? We’ll have to wait and see.
That was the worst defensive performance I have seen from the Titans since the 59-0 loss to the Patriots back in 2009. They were out of position the entire game. It was as if Houston could read their minds before every snap. I will say this, if Mariota plays in the second half, the score is not that lopsided. Houston still wins, and wins by quite a bit, but the Titans probably score another 14-21 points in the game. It would have made it look a little respectable in the end but it still would have been a massive misstep in an otherwise promising season. Coach LeBeau has to get this figured out ASAP or this team is in real trouble.
And that’s all I have to say about that game.