NFL Power Rankings: Top Ten After Week Four

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Sep 29, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos fan holds up a touchdown sign after a blocked punt by Denver Broncos linebacker Steven Johnson (not pictured) against the Philadelphia Eagles in the fourth quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

2. Denver Broncos (4-0):

Peyton Manning is on a whole other level right now, and the Broncos are simply rolling at the moment. Peyton Manning continued his dominance of the NFL passing game throwing for four more touchdowns and no interceptions, as he led the Denver Broncos to a 52-20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles at Mile High. The usual suspects made impacts in the passing game for the Broncos. Wes Welker caught seven catches for 76 yards and two touchdowns, Demaryius Thomas caught nine passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns as well, and Eric Decker added five catches for 88 yards. The running game also showed up and was a force led by Moreno, who carried it for 12 times for 78 yards and a touchdown, and maybe most encouraging, was that Montee Ball had eight carries and didn’t once fumble it! Probably most importantly, the Broncos managed to shut down LeSean McCoy for the first time this season, as he only had 16 carries for 73 yards and didn’t even sniff the end zone. I know that Patriots fans have always talked about the “Bend but don’t break” kind of defensive mentality, but I think the Broncos have picked up this mantra as well. The Broncos have been giving up a ton of yardage, but have managed to lock down when needed to, and also make some timely plays, which included a Trindon Holiday 105 kickoff return for a touchdown, and a blocked punt return for a touchdown as well. The Broncos are flying right now, and it doesn’t seem like anyone can slow down this high octane offense.

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  • d-block

    Not so sure about the top four. Denver over Seattle, and no way do the Patriots belong here.

    • Matt Wincherauk

      Why don’t the Pats belong in the top 4? They’re undefeated, and beat a very legit Falcons team, shorthanded, and in Atlanta. And Denver has had the easiest schedule so far, beating up on some very bad to mediocre teams.

  • Drclaw99

    The 9ers have faced 3 playoff teams, incl. Seattle on the road. The Pats have faced..well..nobody except for the underperforming Falcons. The Lions and the Saints also have beaten up some pretty bad teams. Seems like all these teams are ranked too high. I’d take the 9ers straight up against those three teams.

    • Matt Wincherauk

      Except the 49ers got their asses kicked by the Seahawks and Colts in back to back weeks. There’s a difference between facing three playoff teams, and actually winning those games. Besides, didn’t the 49ers just beat up on a terrible team as well?

      • Drclaw99

        fair enough. I’d still take the 9ers heads up over the Lions, the Bears and the Saints though.

        • Matt Wincherauk

          I probably would as well, but right now I just think those three teams have been playing football. I defended the 49ers last week and kept them on the list even, I still need a little more time to see if they continue to bounce back, or if they put up another stinker vs a good team. If this was based purely on the talent level of each team, the 49ers would have to be in the top three, but performance wise, they haven’t been playing up to the standard.

          • Matt Wincherauk

            *better football sorry.

          • Drclaw99

            tsk..you’re using LOGIC! And you’re reasonable..how odd. I expect them to gash the Texans fairly well, given it’s a home game, and the 9ers have had a lot of rest. If Seattle can run on them with their line, then the 9ers should be able to as well, and it will be interesting to see how the handle Watt. Given the way the Texas O-line played..I also expect to see Lemon and Bowman making life difficult for Schaub. As Walsh once said abour DeBerg “He’s good enough to get you beat”.

            Of course, the one thing we can predict is that there is a lot of unpredictability these days. Nothing is a gimmie.