Wednesday, September 24, 2014

2014 Power Rankings Week 3

Justin's 2015 Mock Draft

1. Seattle Seahawks (2-1)
Last Week: #4

Seattle returns to the top after a one-week absence. The Seahawks again made a statement, defeating Denver in a game that should have never went to overtime while Russell Wilson improved to 19-1 at home in his career.

2. Philadelphia Eagles (3-0)
Last Week: #2

This game went from being a shootout to a brawl, but Philadelphia was able to remain perfect following their win. More importantly, Nick Foles was 3-4 for passes to the end zone after going 0-6 with an interception in his first two games.

3. Cincinnati Bengals (3-0)
Last Week: #3

A strong defensive effort along with Andy Dalton being on the receiving end of a touchdown, Cincinnati looked as efficient as ever.

4. Denver Broncos (2-1)
Last Week: #4

Denver's improved defense still wasn't enough to thwart Seattle on the road. On the bright side, Denver won't have to face Seattle again unless they are in a Super Bowl rematch.

5. Arizona Cardinals (3-0)
Last Week: #9

Arizona's defense rose to the occasion again, shutting out San Francisco in the second half. Drew Stanton, however, was just 3-11 on passes travelling more than five yards.

6. Atlanta Falcons (2-1)
Last Week: #12

Atlanta buried the hapless Buccaneers, giving Tampa Bay the biggest loss in franchise history.

7. San Diego Chargers (2-1)
Last Week: #12

San Diego took care of business on the road against Buffalo, a team they have defeated four times in the last five games against each other.

8. Indianapolis Colts (1-2)
Last Week: #13

Indianapolis was able to forget about their first two games and blow out Jacksonville for a much-needed win.

9. New England Patriots (2-1)
Last Week: #8

They won, but it wasn't pretty. Patriots offense has been inconsistent so far this year.

10. Buffalo Bills (2-1)
Last Week: #7

The Bills running game disappeared last week and with games against Houston and Detroit over the next two weeks, they may need to rely on EJ Manuel in order to win.

11. Chicago Bears (2-1)
Last Week: #14

The secondary is decimated and Jared Allen is showing his age, but Kyle Fuller has stepped up big time for the Bears defense.

12. Carolina Panthers (2-1)
Last Week: #5

Carolina's offense stalled against a Steelers team that looked revitalized, but the Panthers offense is now ravished with injuries. To make matters worse, they don't have a bye until Week 12.

13. San Francisco 49ers (1-2)
Last Week: #10

For the second time this season, San Francisco was shut out in the second half. The 49ers have not scored a point in the fourth quarter this year.

14. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
Last Week: #15

It went down to the wire, but Baltimore was able to survive a scare from a Cleveland Browns team that is better than they look on paper. The Ravens have already played half of their divisional games for the season.

15. Detroit Lions (2-1)
Last Week: #19

Detroit's defense stepped up in a statement game over Green Bay, now their offense needs to come back to life in a road game against the Jets.

16. Green Bay Packers (1-2)
Last Week: #6

The Packers offense, the biggest strength of this team, has fallen flat so far this season, perhaps a game against a depleted Chicago secondary could help.

17. Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
Last Week: #20

A solid defensive effort on the road complimented by an offense fueled by a running game made them look like the same-old Steelers last week. LeGarrette Blount and Le'Veon Bell are the first pair of running backs in Pittsburgh to crack the century mark in the same game since 1986.

18. New Orleans Saints (1-2)
Last Week: #17

Saints took care of business in a must-win game, even if it involved Drew Brees getting into a fight. Next up is a prime time game in Dallas that I am sure Rob Ryan and his defense will be ready for.

19. Dallas Cowboys (2-1)
Last Week: #21

Dallas didn't abandon the run and came back from a 21-point deficit to stun the Rams. Jason Garrett is now 8-1 when Dallas calls more running plays than passes.

20. Houston Texans (2-1)
Last Week: #16

Without Arian Foster, the Texans offense fell flat against a desperate Giants team. The defense can't bail them out of every game.

21. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2)
Last Week: #24

Without Jamaal Charles, Kansas City still took care of business against Miami. Now they are heading into a Monday night game with the possibility of him returning.

22. New York Giants (1-2)
Last Week: #29

The running game showed up and the Giants protected Eli Manning well in a win, though it should not give a reason for Justin Pugh to talk smack.

23. Miami Dolphins (1-2)
Last Week: #18

Miami took a huge win over New England in Week 1 but have been dominated ever since. Tannehill averaged only 4.8 yards per pass attempt in the loss and his job security in now unstable.

24. New York Jets (1-2)
Last Week: #22

The Jets had plenty of opportunities to take the game away from Chicago but failed to capitalize. On the bright side, it looks like they may have finally realized that Chris Johnson is awful.

25. Tennessee Titans (1-2)
Last Week: #23

No surprise at all, Jake Locker is injured again and is questionable for next week's contest against Indianapolis. The good news, however, is that Tennessee starting turning to Bishop Sankey as the game went on, possibly signaling that he will be the team's lead back.

26. Cleveland Browns (1-2)
Last Week: #25

All of the Browns games this season have been decided on the final play.

27. St. Louis Rams (1-2)
Last Week: #26

The Rams failed to win despite having a 21-0 lead. For the fist time since Week 17 or the 2012 season, the Rams lost after leading at halftime.

28. Washington Redskins (1-2)
Last Week: #27

Chris Baker's blindside hit on Nick Foles will surely fuel the fire in their next meeting, meanwhile Kirk Cousins made another strong case for being the Redskins starting quarterback.

29. Minnesota Vikings (1-2)
Last Week: #28

Vikings struggled to put points on the board again, but at least now Vikings fans can see Teddy Bridgewater play quarterback.

30. Oakland Raiders (0-3)
Last Week: #32

Unless the rest of the winless teams, Oakland actually remembered they had a game to play this week.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3)
Last Week: #30

Gus Bradley wasted no time announcing that Blake Bortles will finally get a chance to be the team's starting quarterback and honestly, what was he waiting for? It's not like Bortles was going to learn much watching Chad Henne pretend to play quarterback.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-3)
Last Week: #31

It is Mike Glennon's team again in Tampa Bay, who just could not get it together at all last week.

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