Its Thursday, October 8th and here are the power rankings for the NFL through the eyes of Mole & Meares.
1. New Orleans Saints (4-0) - The Saints took care of business at home this past week against what was our 4th ranked team in the NFL, the New York Jets. What was surprising wasn't that they won but how they won, with defense. Everyone knows that the Saints have a high-powered offense but their defense is what has won them the past two games. If you would have told me that Drew Brees wouldn't have thrown a touchdown pass in the past two weeks, I wouldn't have though they would win. They are much improved from a year ago on the defensive side of the ball and that only makes them more scary. Oh, and by the way, they have yet to trail in any game yet this year...yeah, they are our number 1 team.
2. New York Giants (4-0) - The Giants remain as our number 2 team this week after a victory against the pathetic Kansas City Chiefs. Their schedule doesn't get any tougher this week as they play host to the equally pathetic Oakland Raiders. Steve Smith has definitely emerged this year as a dominant wide receiver, he leads the league in receptions through week 4. Their first true test of the year will come in week 6 against the New Orleans Saints. That is when we will find out if they are the real deal or not.
3. Minnesota Vikings (4-0) - They won last week's biggest hyped game in years. Brett Favre against his old team. But the biggest story of this game was the inability of the Packers offensive line to stop the Minnesota rush. Aaron Rodgers had absolutely no time to throw the football and Minnesota dominated them from start to finish. If Adrian Peterson stays healthy for the whole year this team could find itself playing for the Superbowl come February.
4. Indianapolis Colts (4-0) - The Colts quietly enter our power rankings this week at 4-0. They aren't spectacular but they find ways to win football games. Peyton Manning is off to his best statistical start of his career, that is incredible considering the stats he has put up throughout his career. Their running game is questionable and their defense can be susceptible at times to big plays but in my eyes they are still the favorite to come out of the AFC so far this year. It is very early to say this and it makes me sick to think about, but could we be in for a Manning vs Manning Superbowl?
5. Denver Broncos (4-0) - I can't believe that I am putting the Denver Broncos in the top five teams in the NFL but they are one of the 5 remaining undefeated teams and I will give them some respect coming off of a nice victory at home against Dallas. They have the best defense in the league based on points per game. They have a quarterback who doesn't turn the ball over and they have play makers on offense. They might only appear in these rankings for one week but I had to give them their due. They face a much improved New England team coming off their biggest win of the season last week. It should be an interesting game and we will definitely find out if Denver is as good as THEY think they are.
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