Week 4 NFL Power Rankings

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Through four weeks of the NFL season, the Atlanta Falcons (NFC) and Houston Texans (AFC) both look like the teams to beat in their respective conferences. NFL fans have been fortunate enough to see great rookie performances from Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, and Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein (who?!). The sophomore class has had its share of great performances as well, with the rise of Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green, and Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

Throughout four weeks, the contenders and pretenders are beginning to separate…luckily for all NFL fans though, it looks like practically any team (except for a few) could become legitimate playoff contenders in 2012.

Here are the Goat’s Week 4 NFL Power Rankings:

32. Cleveland Browns

Keeping games close, but this team still has a ways to grow

31. Tennessee Titans

Chris Johnson got going against the Texans, yet not enough when lacking discipline

30. Oakland Raiders

The big win over the Steelers in week 3 looks like a total fluke after being blown out in Denver

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

Not a lot to like about this team right now

28. Miami Dolphins

The Dolphins could easily be 3-1, but this is the kind of process the young ‘phins need to grow from

27. Indianapolis Colts

Wishing head coach Chuck Pagano a speedy recovery from leukemia

26. New Orleans Saints

Five yards was the difference from giving the Saints their first win of 2012 on Sunday

25. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs don’t look like they’ll be creeping into the playoff picture anytime soon

24. Buffalo Bills

If Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller can’t get going, the Bills are doomed

23. New York Jets

Tebow time coming soon?

22. Carolina Panthers

Had a chance, but couldn’t deliver the big win in Atlanta

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bucs may be 1-3, but Greg Schiano has added a whole lot of fight to this Buccaneers bunch from a season ago

20. Detroit Lions

Special teams have absolutely killed the Lions in their last two losses  Read More

Week 2 NFL power rankings

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Tom Brady Wes Welker

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The first two weeks of the season are in the books, and honestly, I don’t think many people have an idea of how this NFL season is going to shake up. Some teams look like a definite playoff team (San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta), some teams look to be creeping in (Seattle, Arizona, San Diego), and some teams look plain awful (Tennessee, Oakland, Kansas City). Football is a long season, and as you will see below, the power rankings have changed incredibly from Week One to Week Two.  Here are the Goat’s Week 2 NFL Power Rankings!

32. Tennesee Titans (0-2)

Week 2: Loss @ SD (38-10)

Last Week: 31

Without any kind of help in the rushing offense, the Titans could be looking to clean house after the 2012 season

31. Oakland Raiders (0-2)

Week 2: Loss @ MIA (35-13)

Last Week: 26

Maybe trading for Carson Palmer was the last bad deal of the previous era in Oakland

30. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-2)

Week 2: Loss vs. HOU (27-7)

Last Week: 27

The Jaguars looked like a JV team against the Texans on Sunday, a bad look for the home fans of a team which may leave Jacksonville

29. Kansas City Chiefs (0-2)

Week 2: Loss @ BUF (35-17)

Last Week: 24

The Chiefs have been outscored 75-41 in the first two weeks…in 2011, they were outscored 89-10 in the first two weeks…point is, they’ll get better

28. New Orleans Saints (0-2)

Week 2: Loss @ CAR (35-27)

Last Week: 16

Pegged at 8-8 before the season began, it looks like the Saints are in a lot more trouble than many would have projected

27. Cleveland Browns (0-2)

Week 2: Loss @ CIN (34-27)

Last Week: 32

The Browns are the best 0-2 team, why? At least they have shown some fight and effort

26. Miami Dolphins (1-1)

Week 2: Win vs. OAK (35-13)

Last Week: 30

A completely different showing from Week 1, the Raiders were the perfect opponent for the Dolphins to respond from a week ago

25. Minnesota Vikings (1-1)

Week 2: Loss @ IND (23-20)

Last Week: 17

Despite the loss, the Vikings battled adversity and fought all the way through until the end, a good sign if you are a Vikings fan

24. Indianapolis Colts (1-1)

Week 2: Win vs. MIN (23-20)

Last Week: 29

Indianapolis received some penalties in their favor, but the Colts grew together as a team after a late victory over the Vikings

23. Buffalo Bills (1-1)

Week 2: Win vs. KC (35-17)

Last Week: 28

Buffalo’s defense looked much better in their home opener, and the offense has a plethora of underrated weapons

22. Washington Redskins (1-1)

Week 2: Loss @ STL (31-28)

Last Week: 10

The Redskins have the talent to win at the NFL level, but the lack of maturity has to change quickly

21. St. Louis Rams (1-1)

Week 2: Win vs. WAS (31-28)

Last Week: 25

Another close game for the Rams, but Week 2 ends in their favor, as the Rams have shown a lot more fight from 2011

20. Carolina Panthers (1-1)

Week 2: Win vs. NO (35-27)

Last Week: 22

If the Panthers can run the ball like that on a consistent basis, this offense will be hard to stop in 2012

19. Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)

Week 2: Win vs. CLE (34-27)

Last Week: 21

Even though it was against the Cleveland Browns, the Bengals rebounded nicely from last week’s Monday Night pummeling in Baltimore

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1)

Week 2: Loss @ NYG (41-34)

Last Week: 20

The Buccaneers had a prime opportunity to steal a game away from the defending Super Bowl Champions, but didn’t play best when it mattered most

17. New York Jets (1-1)

Week 2: Loss @ PIT (27-10)

Last Week: 12

The Jets started fast in Pittsburgh, but the offense tapered in the final 3 quarters with the need to improve

16. Chicago Bears (1-1)  Read more…

 

Goat’s Week 1 NFL Power Rankings

 

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Week one of the NFL season is already in the books, and it looks to be another great season of football. The talent level is ridiculously great in today’s NFL, and it is going to be nearly unpredictable to pick a clear Super Bowl favorite in 2012.

Anyways, here are the Goat’s Week 1 NFL Power Rankings!

32. Cleveland Browns (0-1)

Week 1: Loss vs. PHI (17-16)

The defense looked great in Cleveland, but the offense is too young, inexperienced, and is simply not ready for the biggest stage in football

31. Tennesee Titans (0-1)

Week 1: Loss vs. NE (34-13)

Jake Locker held his own in the pocket, but the Titans won’t win many games if Locker leads the team in rushing yardage

30. Miami Dolphins (0-1)

Week 1: Loss @ HOU (30-10)

Ryan Tannehill’s rookie debut was rough, as Tannehill is the poster boy of numerous problems on the Dolphins

29. Indianapolis Colts (0-1)

Week 1: Loss @ CHI (41-21)

Indy started hot, but this team will lean too heavily this season on rookie quarterback Andrew Luck

28. Buffalo Bills (0-1)

Week 1: Loss @ NYJ (48-28)

Buffalo still needs to develop some kind of pass rush…frustrating to say after the Bills signed prized free agent Mario Williams to help fortify the defensive line

27. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-1)

Week 1: Loss @ MIN (26-23, OT)

The Jaguars nearly stole it in Minneapolis, but Blaine Gabbert grew as an NFL quarterback on Sunday

26. Oakland Raiders (0-1)

Week 1: Loss vs. SD (22-14)

The Raiders have more problems than a bad long snapper, as the offense was manhandled and the defense lacked discipline

25. St. Louis Rams (0-1)

Week 1: Loss @ DET (27-23)

The Rams may be 0-1, but Jeff Fisher’s new squad looked much improved from a season ago

24. Kansas City Chiefs (0-1)

Week 1: Loss vs. ATL (40-24)

Even with the return of safety Eric Berry, the Chiefs defense couldn’t stop one of the league’s best offenses

23. Seattle Seahawks (0-1)

Week 1: Loss @ ARI (20-16)

Just because Russell Wilson had a great preseason doesn’t mean it will translate into the regular season

22. Carolina Panthers (0-1)

Week 1: Loss @ TB (16-10)

With a sloppy start and sloppy weather, the Panthers couldn’t find any kind of groove at Raymond James Stadium

21. Cincinnati Bengals (0-1)

Week 1: Loss @ BAL (44-13)

Andy Dalton’s early season shoulder problems and the injuries in the defensive secondary weren’t any help on Monday Night

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-0)

Week 1: Win vs. CAR (16-10)

Greg Schiano’s Buccaneer debut may not have been pretty, but the former Rutgers’ head coach has to be happy with his team’s discipline and patience

19. Philadelphia Eagles (1-0)

Week 1: Win @ CLE (17-16)

Michael Vick won’t get away with throwing 4 INT again this season…head coach Andy Reid won’t get away with calling 56 passing plays as well

18. Arizona Cardinals (1-0)

Week 1: Win vs. SEA (20-16)

The quarterback issue won’t be resolved in 2012, but the defense looked sharp in Glendale

17. Minnesota Vikings (1-0)

Week 1: Win vs. JAX (26-23, OT)

Christian Ponder looked well improved, Adrian Peterson is back, and rookie kicker Blair Walsh earned his horns on Sunday

Read more…

AFC preseason power rankings

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Ben Roethlisberger

As the end of the NFL preseason is quickly approaching, so is the beginning of the 2012 NFL regular season. As there is one week left of preseason football, we are less than 10 days away from the start of the 2012 NFL season. I like to name this period “Week Zero”, as these power rankings are a basic opinion of how I believe the 2012 NFL season will pan out.

In the AFC, many familiar faces and teams will be in the postseason talks once again. The AFC, which is noticeably weaker than the rival NFC, have many teams loaded with potential, but just are not quite there yet. Here are the Week Zero AFC Power Rankings.

16. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

A new head coach (Mike Mularkey), a quarterback still going through growing pains (Blaine Gabbert), a defense on the decline, and one of the best playmakers in the NFL (Maurice Jones-Drew) is holding out for a new contract…yea, 2012 will not be very kind to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Projection: 4-12

15. CLEVELAND BROWNS

The Browns have some bright spots in wide receiver Greg Little, All-Pro offensive tackle Joe Thomas, a defensive line loaded with under-the-radar talent, and two of the most efficient defensive players in the game in linebacker D’Qwell Jackson and cornerback Joe Haden, the problem though? Too young, not ready to compete for a playoff spot yet.

Projection: 4-12

14. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

New Colts franchise quarterback Andrew Luck doesn’t play like an ordinary NFL rookie, but fellow rookies Coby Fleener, Dwayne Allen, and T.Y. Hilton certainly look the part, as the Colts are starting over with new head coach Chuck Pagano and look to be heading in the right direction.

Projection: 5-11

13. MIAMI DOLPHINS

The Dolphins made significant moves in the offseason, trading away star wide receiver Brandon Marshall, cutting former starting quarterback Chad Henne, signing Chad Johnson, cutting Chad Johnson, and trading away cornerback Vontae Davis…the Dolphins will have difficulty finding any kind of identity in 2012.

Projection: 6-10  Read More…