Our Weekly Reverse Power Rankings continue looking at Power Rankings in an NFL Draft Order. We do our best to project the NFL Draft Order on a weekly basis. Teams 1-20 are the non playoff teams while teams 21-32 are based on playoff elimination. Teams are grouped by record which makes things very interesting early in the season.
1. Cleveland Browns (0-4)
There was so much hope for the Browns entering the regular season with a beefed up offensive line, strong draft class and rookie QB DeShone Kizer showing plenty of promise. But it just hasn’t added up to wins and Kizer’s struggles have magnified. Maybe things will change, but it looks like another top 3 draft pick looks immanent.
2. San Francisco 49ers (0-4)
It’s no secret that the 49ers are not good and had low expectations going into the year, but all hope isn’t lost as the 49ers have been competitive all season long and have lost the past three games but a combined 8 points. Just imagine if this team had a quality quarterback.
3. Los Angeles Chargers (0-4)
Despite winning only 9 games the past two years and starting this season out at 0-3 there are still plenty of National Media members that were laud the Chargers as being a good team. Maybe another loss will finally wake people up and see this is a very flawed team.
4. New York Giants (0-4)
My feeling watching the Giants last season was they overachieved, making the playoffs despite some major flaws. Well those flaws have been exploited this season and then some. While this offseason may not be the end of the Eli era, it should be the end of the Jerry Reese era.
5. Chicago Bears (1-3)
A string of errors put the Bears into a hole to start the game and then continued errors in the second half allowed the Bears to get blown out. Everybody in their dog wants Mitchell Trubisky to start next week and it looks like he will, but are we sure we want to throw him to the wolves this early? They’re not going to win anyways.
6. Indianapolis Colts (1-3)
Coming out of halftime it looked like the Colts could pull off a huge upset winning in Seattle. And then the Colts allowed 22 third quarter points and the game was over. Despite their record and this 46-18 loss, the Colts have played much better that their perception.
7. Cincinnati Bengals (1-3)
Finally, after some near wins the Bengals were able to pull through and get a decisive victory over their division rival Browns. Usually beating the Browns doesn’t mean a whole lot, but just maybe a 4 TD performance for Andy Dalton can be something to jump start them for the rest of the year.
8. Miami Dolphins (1-2)
After an impressive first game of their season, the Dolphins have been an utter disaster losing to both the Jets and the Saints. Jay Cutler was supposed to be a seamless transition, but getting shut out by the Saints?
9. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2)
Oh the poor Jaguars, after coming off a big win in London to drop a game to the Jets was the last thing this team needed. Somehow they’re still in the hunt for the division, but they won’t get there unless they play all their games in London.
10. New York Jets (2-2)
How about them Jets? A team that most thought were tanking the season has already won two games and doesn’t look like the disaster on offense we all thought they’d be. This team still needs a lot of help, but kudos have to go out to the coaching staff for their early success.
11. Arizona Cardinals (2-2)
Arizona was able to get yet another win on the season getting back to .500 in an overtime win against the 49ers. That being said this team looks like it’s going to see massive changes in the offseason as their once Super Bowl caliber team looks more like a team picking in the Top 10 of the NFL Draft.
12. Baltimore Ravens (2-2)
Last year the Ravens were getting praised as a playoff contender and a team that was back, but they only beat up on a weak schedule and never won a game against a team with a winning record. That trend has continued this year as the Ravens are were completely over matched by the Steelers and were never really in this game.
13. Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
The offense seems to be getting on track, but this banged up defense has really holding them back. They may be able to turn it around, but this doesn’t seem like the same Cowboys teams of the past couple of years.
14. Tennessee Titans (2-2)
This was a brutal loss for the Titans in many different ways. Not only did they get blown out by the Texans in a horrible 57-14 loss but they also lost Marcus Mariota to a hamstring injury. Tennessee needs Mariota back because they are not good enough to win despite Matt Cassell? Is Kaepernick a possibility?
15. New Orleans Saints (2-2)
After early losses to the Vikings and the Patriots the Saints have bounced back and playing some solid defense. Their shut out win over the Dolphins in London was impressive. Don’t count out the Saints quite yet.
16. Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Even though the Vikings are .500 they have played much better than people have assumed and that’s with Case Keenum starting three of those games. But the loss of Dalvin Cook for the rest of the season is going to be tough to overcome.
17. Oakland Raiders (2-2)
Based on the past two weeks the Raiders should be a lot closer to the top 10, but based on their success last year and their two early wins they are getting the benefit of the doubt. With that said, losing Derek Carr for 2-6 weeks is a massive loss since nobody has faith in EJ Manuel.
18. Washington Redskins (2-2)
Quietly the Redskins are having a solid year despite a .500 record with wins over the Rams and Raiders and near losses to the Eagles and Chiefs. After hosting the 49ers next week the Redskins schedule doesn’t get any easier traveling to the Eagles and Seahawks with a game against the Cowboys sprinkled in.
19. Seattle Seahawks (2-2)
A 22-3 third quarter allowed the Seahawks to put away the Colts and bring their record back to .500. Seattle normally starts off slow before hitting their stride. The question is whether they’ve hit their stride or this was just beating an overmatched team?
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
Tampa jumped out to an early 16-3 lead and were able to hold on to beat the winless Giants at home and continue to keep pace in the South Division that is looking brutal this year.
21. Houston Texans (2-2)
When Deshaun Watson was drafted to the Texans I felt that the situation had a chance to mimick what Dak Prescott was able to do with the Cowboys in that Watson was coming into a good situation that needed a quality quarterback. After Sunday’s performance it looks like Watson has every chance to be that player and it makes Houston very dangerous.
22. Carolina Panthers (3-1)
After struggling through the first three games Cam Newton finally delivered with a tremendous game completing over 75% of his passes and being the playmaker with his feet. If Newton can go the rest of the season playing close to this level the Panthers will be back to their 205 ways.
23. Los Angeles Rams (3-1)
It is amazing what good coaching and a well designed offense can do for young talent. Not only is Jared Goff able to show off his skills, but Todd Gurley is getting back to the elite level running back we saw in his rookie year. It’s not crazy to think the Rams could win the division.
24. Buffalo Bills (3-1)
After trading away Ronald Darby and Sammie Watkins it looked as if the Bills would struggle to get wins. Instead Buffalo is able to travel to Atlanta and escape with a huge win. Will the Bills keep this going? I don’t think so, but 1st year head coach Sean McDermott is doing one heck of a job.
25. New England Patriots (2-2)
New England has built up such a reputation that despite how epically bad their defense has been there is still confidence in Patricia and Belichick to turn things around and still be the Super Bowl favorite. As bad as they’ve looked, I still can’t bet against this team.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)
Another road game and another struggle for this offense, but luckily this team is built to win and they were able to knock off the Ravens who can only beat teams with losing records. However the shine is off the Steelers and there is a general concern if they are true Super Bowl contenders. We’ll see if they can get their mojo back.
27. Atlanta Falcons (3-1)
Atlanta has been riding high so far this season, but that come to a crash losing to the Bills at home. The NFL season is long and teams will have off weeks, but these are games that the Falcons need to win.
28. Green Bay Packers (3-1)
A game at home against the Bears, it was a recipe for an easy win and the Packers did exactly that. The game didn’t come for naught as the Packers left the game with several injuries. There is still plenty of season left, but the Packers need to get healthy.
29. Denver Broncos (3-1)
The formula is pretty simple for the Broncos. Run the ball, play good defense and not put Trevor Siemian in a position to make mistakes. The big issue will be when opposing defense stop the run game. We’ll see.
30. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
Despite playing in the highest profile division in football and being 3-1 (only loss was a narrow defeat in Kansas City) the Eagles are hardly mentioned. People are missing out because the defense is playing well and Carson Wentz is continuing to develop with weapons around him. Fly Eagles Fly.
31. Detroit Lions (3-1)
After a brutal loss controversial loss to the Falcons the Lions put it behind them and won a tough fought battle against a talented divisional rival in the Vikings. What has to make Lions fans feel better is that Abdullah was able to rush for 94 yards against a good Vikings defense.
32. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)
Another week and another Chiefs victory as they are the clear top team in the NFL and there are no signs that they are going to go anywhere soon. Especially when they can run the ball so well and the defense is creating turnovers.