NFL Power Rankings: Top Ten After Week Four

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Sep 30, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) congratulates running back Darren Sproles (43) after a touchdown against the Miami Dolphins in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

3. New Orleans Saints (4-0):

The other superstar offense of the NFL not named the Broncos, are the New Orleans Saints, who have been pretty dominant of late, putting away the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football, 38-17 to improve to 4-0 on the Sean Payton revenge tour. While everyone has been talking up Peyton Manning, and with very good reason, Drew Brees needs to be on everyone’s radar for MVP after the way he handled a very stout Miami defense, to the tune of over 400 yards and four touchdowns. This give Brees 10 on the season, as this offense has looked very good against a few good defense to boot. Jimmy Graham is the defacto best tight end in the league right now, making things look so simple, and after him, Brees has a multitude of very good receivers that he can throw to including Colston, Stills, Moore, Meachem and even little Darren Sproles who had a big bust out game, making things look so simple catching the ball out of the backfield. While it’s not what everyone will be paying attention to, the Saints defense has also been pretty good as well, holding the Dolphins to 17 points, and haven’t had a game yet this year giving up 20 points. People gave me some funny looks when I ranked the Saints so high after week two, but I think these past two beatings of pretty good defense have validated that ranking, and this ranking as well.

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Topics: Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Indianpolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, NFL Power Rankings, San Francisco 49ers

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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.

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