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Old 09-25-2007, 12:57 PM   #1
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By PFW staff
Sept. 25, 2007


The Patriots keep rolling, and there are few reasons to doubt the Colts. To date, the Steelers have been excellent. After that, it gets tricky. Do the top NFC teams deserve to rank up there with the AFC heavyweights? Which AFC team comes next? Here?s our editors? take ...

1. New England Patriots
Hardly worry time, but what?s the deal with the punting?

2. Indianapolis Colts
Nice to see Anthony Gonzalez getting into the act more.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers
Time to give notice to a pretty strong secondary.

4. Dallas Cowboys
Credit Wade Phillips and Brian Stewart for helping to shape up the defense.

5. Green Bay Packers
Another great total for Favre: his 38th career fourth-quarter comeback.

6. Baltimore Ravens
Matt Stover is good for at least two game-winners every season.

7. San Diego Chargers
Thought they had the secondary fixed already.

8. Denver Broncos
Did one of the best game coaches ever panic last week?

9. Seattle Seahawks
A Nate Burleson sighting! A Deon Grant sighting! Did anyone notice?

10. Chicago Bears
Words Chicagoans love to hate: ?Rex is our quarterback.?

11. Philadelphia Eagles
Most regular-season points since ?53 ? or 20 years after those unis were cool.

12. Houston Texans
Remarkable they kept Colts game so close without any offensive punch.

13. Carolina Panthers
Julius Peppers is picking a bad time to play for a new contract.

14. Tennessee Titans
Improved run defense has been big reason for turnaround.

15. Jacksonville Jaguars
Dominant performance by the D-line against Denver.

16. San Francisco 49ers
The offense tends to go as Frank Gore goes.

17. Cincinnati Bengals
Rudi?s 17-9 rushing line led to Kenny Watson?s nice performance.

18. Washington Redskins
Loss to Giants akin to two steps back, not one.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jeff Garcia has a ?did you see that?!? play on a weekly basis.

20. Detroit Lions
If the defensive line doesn?t win battle, the rest of the ?D? has no chance.

21. New York Giants
No one feels better about the win than defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo.

22. Arizona Cardinals
Cris Collinsworth was right: Matt Leinart did look intimidated vs. Ravens.

23. New York Jets
Chad Pennington not ready to hand over the starting job just yet.

24. New Orleans Saints
No one is ready to look past this team, but secondary, O-line must improve.

25. Minnesota Vikings
No team has a worse quarterback situation. Not one.

26. Oakland Raiders
Someone needs to explain the wisdom of a zero-DL ?D? with 10 seconds left.

27. Cleveland Browns
Ronald Curry, not Jerry Porter, is the team?s best wideout.

28. Kansas City Chiefs
Jared Allen returns just in time.

29. St. Louis Rams
Hurry back, Tye Hill. The Cowboys are hard to cover.

30. Miami Dolphins
Jason Taylor takes a bullet for his team, but the blame spreads widely.

31. Buffalo Bills
If they didn?t have bad injury luck, they?d have no luck at all.

32. Atlanta Falcons
Hey, at least Joey Harrington played pretty well.
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:06 PM   #2
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Carucci is such an idiot....check out the two NFC teams he has ranked above us...we beat a 2-0 team and actually DROPPED in the power rankings by one.


Vic Carucci | NFL.com
This is how the NFL's 32 teams stack up after Week 3:

IN THE HUNT
Teams, listed with record and previous week's ranking, that look good enough to be among the 12 playoff qualifiers but not based on conference

1. New England (3-0; 1): The Patriots can score, and win, at will. You can't say that about any other team in the league.

2. Indianapolis (3-0; 2): After surviving two tough divisional road games that they lost a year ago, the Colts have every reason to feel they're actually stronger than they were on the way to winning the Super Bowl.

3. Dallas (3-0; 3): With a playmaking defense to complement the highly effective throwing and running of Tony Romo, the Cowboys could quickly separate themselves from the rest of the NFC.

4. Green Bay (3-0; 5): Brett Favre's arm can continue to work wonders and the defense is solid, but imagine how much scarier this team would be if it had a running game.

5. Pittsburgh (3-0; 4): Being good, solid and steady could take this team a long way.

6. Tennessee (2-1; unranked): Vince Young is quickly rising to elite status among quarterbacks.

7. Houston (2-1; 6): It was a game effort vs. the Colts, and the Texans have a chance to rebound quickly vs. Atlanta.

8. Baltimore (2-1; unranked): Can a two-headed quarterback approach work? The Ravens and Cardinals apparently think so.

9. Jacksonville (2-1; unranked): David Garrard can build plenty of confidence with that Mile High victory.

10. Washington (2-1; 8): The Redskins have a long time to think about that goal-line stuff by the Giants.

11. San Francisco (2-1; 11): Injuries are beginning to mount.

12. Detroit (2-1; 7): Just when it seemed the Lions were ready to show they aren't the same, old Lions ? the same, old Lions showed up.
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:12 PM   #3
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Carucci is such an idiot....check out the two NFC teams he has ranked above us...we beat a 2-0 team and actually DROPPED in the power rankings by one.


Vic Carucci | NFL.com
This is how the NFL's 32 teams stack up after Week 3:

IN THE HUNT
Teams, listed with record and previous week's ranking, that look good enough to be among the 12 playoff qualifiers but not based on conference

1. New England (3-0; 1): The Patriots can score, and win, at will. You can't say that about any other team in the league.

2. Indianapolis (3-0; 2): After surviving two tough divisional road games that they lost a year ago, the Colts have every reason to feel they're actually stronger than they were on the way to winning the Super Bowl.

3. Dallas (3-0; 3): With a playmaking defense to complement the highly effective throwing and running of Tony Romo, the Cowboys could quickly separate themselves from the rest of the NFC.

4. Green Bay (3-0; 5): Brett Favre's arm can continue to work wonders and the defense is solid, but imagine how much scarier this team would be if it had a running game.

5. Pittsburgh (3-0; 4): Being good, solid and steady could take this team a long way.

6. Tennessee (2-1; unranked): Vince Young is quickly rising to elite status among quarterbacks.

7. Houston (2-1; 6): It was a game effort vs. the Colts, and the Texans have a chance to rebound quickly vs. Atlanta.

8. Baltimore (2-1; unranked): Can a two-headed quarterback approach work? The Ravens and Cardinals apparently think so.

9. Jacksonville (2-1; unranked): David Garrard can build plenty of confidence with that Mile High victory.

10. Washington (2-1; 8): The Redskins have a long time to think about that goal-line stuff by the Giants.

11. San Francisco (2-1; 11): Injuries are beginning to mount.

12. Detroit (2-1; 7): Just when it seemed the Lions were ready to show they aren't the same, old Lions ? the same, old Lions showed up.

I dont know how Green bay or dallas could be ranked ahead of us. We blow out our oppenent week in and weak out. When the cowboys were on their heels against tge gmen. No respect giving to the stillers liek usual
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Old 09-25-2007, 01:16 PM   #4
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cbs spots line's pete prisco's power ranking

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POWER RANKINGS
Current Team Previous
1 Colts ? Trends 1
The thing that is so impressive is that they're already 2-0 on the road. That defense clearly isn't the same unit from last season -- it's much better.
2 Patriots ? Trends 2
The one thing that stands out is how well the passing game is clicking. Randy Moss makes this a different offense. Their game with the Bengals this week could be first team to 50 wins.
3 Cowboys ? Trends 3
They're the highest-scoring team in the league, which makes them fun to watch. The good thing is that the defense is playing better than it did in the opener. They should get to 4-0 against the Rams.
4 Steelers ? Trends 4
At 3-0, they're kind of flying under the top three's radar. But this is a good football team. And you get the idea they will be there in the end, though they really haven't been tested yet.
5 Packers ? Trends 8
Surprise, surprise. Who could have imagined this team in the top five? Admit it, there weren't many of you.
6 Ravens ? Trends 12
They didn't make it easy against the Cardinals, but this is still a good team. What happened to that pass defense in the second half?
7 Panthers ? Trends 14
They got the running game going against the Falcons, which is this team's identity. The pass defense continues to struggle, and that has to change.
8 Seahawks ? Trends 16
They're here because they rallied to beat the Bengals, but how easily could they be way down the list? Now comes a tough division game at San Francisco.
9 Titans ? Trends 19
The most impressive thing about the Titans is the way the defense is playing. Vince Young gets the attention, but Jim Schwartz has his unit playing great defense.
10 Jaguars ? Trends 17
The old formula worked in Denver: Run and play good run defense. They did both. They go to their bye week feeling pretty good about their 2-1 start.
11 Broncos ? Trends 5
The run defense is hurting this team. At some point, that has to be better. Are they any good at 2-1? We still don't know.
12 Chargers ? Trends 6
OK, they have talent. OK, they have the best back in the game. But at some point, don't they have to start winning to prove how good they're supposed to be?
13 Bears ? Trends 7
They forgot the important NFL tenet: Thou who can't pass can't win. Rex Grossman is clearly on the hot seat now -- and probably headed to the bench.
14 49ers ? Trends 9
We found out they're not ready offensively to go into Pittsburgh and win. At some point, they have to get more from their passing game.
15 Texans ? Trends 10
They have a ton of key injuries, and that is holding the offense back. Get ready for the hype this week: Matt Schaub goes back to Atlanta.
16 Redskins ? Trends 11
They blew a game they should have won against the Giants. That one will sting. What the heck happened in the second half?
17 Buccaneers ? Trends 23
They're back to playing their style of football, which is to run it and play good run defense.
18 Eagles ? Trends 20
That was some offensive explosion against the Lions. Now let's see if they can keep it up. There are still some defensive concerns.
19 Lions ? Trends 13
Their bad defense was finally exposed. They might not give up 56 every week, but look for at least 25 every week. They are fun to watch on offense.
20 Cardinals ? Trends 15
This is a 1-2 team that has been in every game. That's the good news. The bad news is the Cardinals franchise always seems to lose games they have a chance to win.
21 Bengals ? Trends 18
At 1-2, they are a disappointment after three weeks. The defense was a little better against Seattle, but still not good enough. Now they get the Patriots' high-scoring offense.
22 Giants ? Trends 24
That goal-line stand against the Redskins might have been a season saver. If they beat the Eagles this week, they're at 2-2 and all will seem right in Giants-land.
23 Jets ? Trends 25
They got their first victory, but they still don't look like the 2006 playoff team. This is a hard team to gauge right now.
24 Chiefs ? Trends 32
They stared 0-3 in the face against the Vikings, but came alive in the fourth quarter. The offense can't score points and this week they go into a hornet's nest against the Chargers.
25 Vikings ? Trends 22
So the change to Kelly Holcomb didn't matter. Why this team didn't really address the quarterback issue in the offseason is a great mystery.
26 Raiders ? Trends 29
They get their first victory, but it sure wasn't easy. But they have been in all their games. That's a good sign for this young team.
27 Browns ? Trends 27
They are a blocked field goal away from being 2-1. At least they're playing better. It's baby steps for this team.
28 Saints ? Trends 21
How in the heck can this happen? They look inept on offense after looking so good last year. Why? Why? Why?
29 Rams ? Trends 26
They are a surprise team near the bottom. And the reason they are here is even more surprising -- it's the offense.
30 Dolphins ? Trends 30
Is this the week they get their first victory? The Raiders coming across the country is a good way to get it.
31 Falcons ? Trends 31
At 0-3, it gets worse this week. Matt Schaub comes back to Atlanta, and he's 2-1. That has to sting for Falcons fans.
32 Bills ? Trends 28
Does it get any worse than it is? That offense is an eyesore. Don't you feel sorry for Lee Evans? Nobody can get him the ball.
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Dallas is a glamour team and nobody wants to rank only AFC teams as the top 3-5 teams, even if that is reality.

It's not the BCS or March Madness - ranking pro teams that have playoffs and are seeded in those playoff according to record is not worth any concern
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Our opponents records are a combined 4-5. The Patsy's 3-6. But we haven't played anyone, well neither have they!
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Our opponents records are a combined 4-5. The Patsy's 3-6. But we haven't played anyone, well neither have they!
Great stat but nobody looks at it that way for some strange reason.
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Great stat but nobody looks at it that way for some strange reason.
Simple, cause we're considered as the mediocre and lucky steelers and the pats as the winners with the golden boy
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Steeler fans playing the 'no respect' card despite being ranked 3rd and 5th respectively?

You'll pardon me if I don't faint on the spot.

Good old Pete Prisco never fails to impress - the Patriots are likely to give up 50 points to the Bengals this week?

Based on them putting an average of 24 against to two NFL teams they have faced this year?

I think not.
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they can say what they want, but i am quite confident we would blow the crap out of green bay. dallas would be tougher though. they are a legit solid team, i still think we would beat them too though.
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