Rounding off our updated power rankings, it's time to have a look at our picks numbers 8 to 1.
8) San Diego Chargers
So far this season Philip Rivers has put on a quarterback clinic with an average QB rating of 117.6. Even more impressively he has done this despite the voodoo curse that seems to have been placed on the Chargers center position. First veteran Nick Hardwick went down in the second quarter of game one. Then Rich Ohrnberger went down two weeks later followed by third stringer Doug Legursky in week 5.
Add in breakout running back Branden Oliver to this and the Chargers are going to push Denver al the way in the AFC West.
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7) Arizona Cardinals
There is a strong case to make that Bruce Arians is doing the best job out of all the Head Coaches in the NFL. The Cardinals have been beset with injuries and both sides of the ball and yet they keep winning games.
As of now their 4-1 record puts them ahead of both the Seahawks and the 49ers in the NFC West and they have already beaten San Francisco once already this season. With
Carson Palmer returning back to fitness for the Cardinals things are looking up for Arizona.
6) Detroit Lions
If the Lions had a decent kicking game they would be 6-0 right now as it they will just have to settle for 4-2 and hope Matt Prater starts hitting field goals.
Calvin Johnson is injured and was playing despite not being fully fit and yet the Lions are still winning games. The credit for this falls onto the Lions defense which has been spectacular even as injuries to the defensive backs corp and the linebacker position have ravaged the team. Defensive co-ordinator Teryl Austin is doing a better job than anyone in the league.
As the offensive playmakers return to fitness things can only get better for the Lions. That week 3 win over the Packers could turn out to be crucial.
5) Philadelphia Eagles
Until the 0-27 shutout of the Giants last week LeSean McCoy had essentially done nothing all season. Despite, this the Eagles were 4-1 after five games and are battling
it out with the Cowboys for the NFC East title.
Many of those wins were due to defensive or special team touchdowns but in many ways this just makes me even more bullish about the Eagles. Simply put Chip Kelly is
finding ways to win games. As more and more of the offensive line comes back to fitness then the Eagles are only going to improve. Week 12 and week 14 games against the Cowboys look like they could be epic.
4) Dallas Cowboys
I have absolutely no confidence that they are going to stay this high in the rankings for long but you have got to give credit where credit is due. The Cowboys went to
Century Link Field and beat the Seattle Seahawks.
The much maligned defense is average as supposed to terrible, the offensive line is hulk-smashing running lanes open for the record setting DeMarco Murray whilst Tony Romo and Dez Byrant seem to have a telepathic link.
How long can they keep it up though? The Cowboys next three games are on the road to the Giants, Washington and the Cardinals.
3) Green Bay Packers
Green Bay have won three in a row now and with each quarter of each game of that run the offense has looked better and better. The highlights of the two minute drive to win the game against the Dolphins exemplifies this perfectly.
4th and 10 with just over a minute left on the clock the Dolphins defense brought the pressure on Rodgers who made the clutchest of clutch throws to find Jordy Nelson
on an 18 yard pass. Then two plays later Rodgers finds running back James Starks with the short pass and Starks rushes up the middle for ten yards and a first down.
Finally of course, there was the final two plays of the game. In Miami Rodgers pulls off a Dan Moreno special. Seeing rookie Devonte Adams being given too much space Rodgers fakes the spike and throws the pass to him. Adams gets out of bounds and the Rodgers hits tight end Quarless in the red zone for the game winning touchdown with three seconds left on the clock.
This Packers team are for real.
2) Seattle Seahawks
Despite, defeats to the Chargers and the Cowboys I'd still back Seattle over the two teams. Right now the Seahawks are killing themselves with offensive penalties and an
offensive plan that isn't getting the best out of Percy Harvin. These issues are easily fixed for a team with the quality that the Seahawks have. Furthermore, Doug Baldwins post-defeat rant means that the Seahawks locker room isn't going to allow standards to slip either.
Ultimately, the Seahawks have lost games because, they haven't been at their best and the opposition has played at there's. If they played the Cowboys or Chargers over a
seven game series though they would win far more than they lose.
1) Denver Broncos
This Denver defense is much improved on last season's iteration and the passing offense is getting better with each passing game. At a neutral value or at home or anywhere but Seattle I'd take the Broncos over anyone.
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