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NFL Power Poll - Week 9 - Patriots Move to #1 Ranking

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NFL Power Poll - Week 9

Patriots Move to #1 Off Strong Tom Brady Performance

Team of the Week - Dallas Cowboys

Offensive Player of Week QB Derek Carr - Raiders
Defensive Player of Week CB Bradley Roby - Broncos

Rookie of Week -RB Jordan Howard - Bears

Photo - Derek Carr - Raiders

Game of Week #10 – Philadelphia Eagles (4-3) at NY Giants (4-3)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team

#1 - 7-1 - PATRIOTS

#2 - 6-1 - COWBOYS

#3 - 6-2 - BRONCOS

#4 - 5-2 - VIKINGS

#5 - 4-2-1 - SEAHAWKS

#6 - 5-3 - FALCONS

#7 - 6-2 - RAIDERS

#8 - 4-3 - PACKERS

#9 - 4-3 - EAGLES

#10 - 4-3-1 - REDSKINS

#11 - 4-3 - GIANTS

#12 - 5-2 -CHIEFS

#13 - 4-3 - STEELERS

#14 - 4-4 - BILLS

#15 - 4-4 - LIONS

#16 - 3-5 - CHARGERS

#17 - 5-3 - TEXANS

#18 - 3-4-1 - BENGALS

#19 - 3-4 - RAVENS

#20 - 3-4 - RAMS

#21 - 4-4 - TITANS

#22 - 3-4-1 - CARDINALS

#23 - 3-5 - COLTS

#24 - 3-4 - DOLPHINS

#25 - 3-5 - JETS

#26 - 3-4 - SAINTS

#27 - 2-5 - PANTHERS

#28 - 3-4 - BUCCANEERS

#29 - 2-5 - JAGUARS

#30 - 2-6 - BEARS

#31 - 1-6 - 49ers

#32 - 0-8 - BROWNS

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL Power Poll - Week 8 - Vikes Hold #1 Ranking, Patriots #2

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NFL Power Poll - Week 8

Vikes Fall From Unbeaten - Hold #1 Ranking
#2 Patriots Perfect Behind QB Tom Brady

Team of the Week - Philadelphia Eagles

Offensive Player of Week - RB Jay Ajayi - Dolphins
Defensive Player of Week - S Landon Collins - Giants

Rookie of Week - DE Joey Bosa - Chargers

Photo - S Landon Collins - Giants

Game of Week #8 - Green Bay Packers (4-2) at Atlanta Falcons (4-2)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 5-1 VIKINGS

Dolphins ’72 perfect season safe one another year after Vikings lose to Eagles.

#2 - 5-1 PATRIOTS
Patriots QB Tom Brady stays perfect with nice victory over the Steelers.

#3 - 4-1-1 SEAHAWKS
Seahawks were lucky Cardinals choked and tied in overtime.

#4 - 5-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ are well rested for their home game vs NFC East rival, the Eagles this Sunday.

#5 - 4-2 PACKERS
Packers' had 10 days to prepare for their trip to Atlanta in a key NFC contest between QBs Aaron Rodgers and Matt Ryan.

#6 - 4-2 EAGLES
Eagles jumped the Vikings last week and travel to Big D for critical NFC East contest.

#7 - 5-2 BRONCOS
Broncos shutdown the Texans Monday night with their tough defense. Host surprising tough Chargers this Sunday.

#8 - 4-3 FALCONS
Falcons were ambushed by the Chargers and face talented inconsistent Packers this week.

#9 - 4-3 REDSKINS
Washington have come back to the pack and face key matchup in Cinny in another top matchup.

#10 - 5-2 RAIDERS
The Raiders beat the Jaguars in last one and travel to Tampa for another winnable game.

#11 - 4-3 GIANTS
GMen won a critical game in London vs the Rams. They get a much-needed bye this week before a push for the NFC playoffs.

#12 - 4-3 STEELERS
The Steelers lost for the second week in a row, this time to the Patriots. They get their bye week and hope QB Ben Roethlisberger makes a fast recover to stay in the AFC North race.

#13 - 4-3 BILLS
Bills lost a tough game to the Dolphins and host AFC East rival, the Patriots in a critical matchup.

#14 - 4-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs beat the Saints last week and face a crucial AFC matchup in Indy this Sunday.

#15 - 4-3 LIONS
The Lions’ are on a hot streak with roads games vs Texans and Vikings on the schedule.

#16 - 3-4 CHARGERS
The Chargers are a tough aggressive club who have played everyone tough and a team that must be dealt with a huge road game vs Denver that can make the AFC West race interesting.

#17 - 3-4 BENGALS
Bengals beat the Browns last week and face the Redskins in a critical contest for both clubs’ playoff hopes.

#18 - 4-3 TEXANS
The Texans were beat by Denver on Monday with the same recurring offensive problems.

#19 - 3-4 RAVENS
The Ravens were beat in back to back games at MetLife.

#20 - 3-4 RAMS
The Ram’s offensive problems persist and they were beat by the Giants in London. Bye week to regroup.

#21 - 3-3-1 CARDINALS
The Cardinals blew the game vs the Seahawks and had to settle for a tie in overtime. No time to sulk as they travel to Carolina for a crucial NFC clash.

#22 - 3-4 COLTS
The Colts’ held on vs the Titans last week. They host the hot Chiefs in an important clash for both AFC teams.

#23 - 3-4 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins beat the Bills last week for two wins in a row. They rest this week prior to a favorable second half schedule.

#24 - 2-4 SAINTS
The Saints high powered offense hosts the tough Seahawks defense in the Dome. The Saints’ defense stops no one and probably keeps them out of playoff contention.

#25 - 3-3 BUCCANEERS
The Bucs have won the games they should compete in this season. They host the Raiders and Falcons that will test this young club and any postseason aspirations.

#26 - 3-4 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota has this offense working and the Titans are competitive weekly. They host the Jaguars on Thursday night that could get them to .500 at midseason.

#27 - 2-4 JAGUARS
The Jags' face four road games in the next five weeks that will test this young club to the fullest. Their talented young defense is going through the difficult growing pains.

#28 - 2-5 JETS
Jets lost QB Geno Smith early in an injury that brought veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick back as the starter. He led them to a win over the Ravens that ended their short losing streak.

#29 - 1-5 PANTHERS
Panthers come off their bye week and must step up to get into contention after a horrible start. They have NFC opponents, the Cardinals and Rams the next two weeks that may define their season.

#30 - 1-6 49ers
The 49ers were smoked at home by the Bucs with their bye week this weekend. Second half schedule offers little improvement.

#31 - 1-6 BEARS
The Bears were trashed by their arch rival, the Packers last Thursday night. They host the Vikings on Monday in another mismatch.

#32 - 0-7 BROWNS
The Browns host the Jets this week and have circled this game since training camp.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL Power Poll Week 7 - Vikings Face Eagles in NFC Clash

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NFL Power Poll - Week 7

Photo - WR Odell Beckham - Giants

Team of the Week – New York Giants

Offensive Player of the Week - WR Odell Beckham - Giants
Defensive Player of the Week - LB Dont’a Hightower - Patriots

Rookie of Week - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys

Game of Week #7 - Minnesota Vikings (5-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (3-2)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 5-0 VIKINGS

Vikings well rested for their trip to Philly for key NFC battle.

#2 - 5-1 PATRIOTS
Patriots QB Tom Brady had outstanding game in return to Foxborough that made Bengals look inept.

#3 - 4-1 SEAHAWKS
Seahawks pulled out a wild win over Falcons and face NFC West rival, the Cardinals in desert Sunday night.

#4 - 5-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ get their bye week after another big win over the Packers up next. Rookies, runner Ezekiel Elliott and QB Daz Prescott have been difference makers.

#5 - 3-2 PACKERS
Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers struggled vs Cowboys and face NFC North rival, the Bears Thursday night in a key matchup.

#6 - 4-2 EAGLES
Eagles have dropped two in a row and host the undefeated Vikings this Sunday.

#7 - 4-2 BRONCOS
Broncos will have 12 days after their loss to the Chargers to get ready for the Texans Monday night.

#8 - 4-2 STEELERS
The Steelers were shocked by the Dolphins last week and lose QB Ben Roethlisberger for at least a month.

#9 - 4-2 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan had the Falcons poised to beat the Seahawks but key mistakes late in the game gave Seattle an important victory.

#10 - 4-2 REDSKINS
Washington has won four straight games and travel to Motor city to face the tough Lions who are playing well.

#11 - 4-2 RAIDERS
The Raiders were carved up by Chiefs Alex Smith and runner Spencer Ware. The Raiders face the Jaguars on the road in a key AFC contest.

#12 - 3-3 GIANTS
Odell is a special playmaker and a difference maker for the GMen. They travel to London to face the Rams in a critical NFC matchup before their bye week.

#13 - 3-3 RAVENS
The Ravens need to get healthy to make a playoff run. Get struggling Jets this week.

#14 - 4-2 TEXANS
The Texans beat AFC rivals, the Colts last week. They travel to Denver for key Monday night clash with Broncos with playoff implications.

#15 - 4-2 BILLS
Bills' face the Dolphins in hopes of their 5th win in a row prior to key AFC East matchup with the Patriots the following week.

#16 - 3-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs beat the Raiders behind a strong performance by QB Alex Smith. They get the Saints at home this week.

#17 - 3-3 RAMS
Rams were beat by Detroit with late FG in last game. GMen in London will be tough matchup this week.

#18 - 3-3 CARDINALS
The Cardinals feasted on the Jets to prep for their crucial NFC West clash with the Seahawks Sunday night. They have given the Seahawks trouble in recent seasons and need to challenge divisional leadership.

#19 - 3-3 LIONS
The Lions’ QB Matt Stafford had a hot hand again vs the highly rated Rams defense for a 31-28 victory. . They host NFC contender, the Redskins to complete a three game homestand.

#20 - 2-4 CHARGERS
The Chargers had 10 days to celebrate their win over the Broncos. They face two huge road games that takes them to Atlanta and Denver that may define their playoff hopes.

#21 - 2-4 BENGALS
Bengals were toasted by Patriots QB Tom Brady in last one. They have back to back critical home games vs the Browns and Redskins prior to their bye week to right this ship.

#22 - 2-4 COLTS
The Colts’ lost a tough one vs the Texans last week. They face South rival, the Titans who they have surprised in the early action.

#23 - 2-3 SAINTS
The Saints won off another strong performance by Drew Brees vs the Panthers. The Saints need to continue their winning ways with the Chiefs and Seahawks up next.

#24 - 2-3 BUCCANEERS
The Bucs rested after a win over the Panthers. They travel to San Fran in hopes of a two game winning streak.

#25 - 3-3 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota continues to progress and directed another win this time vs the Browns. They host the Colts and Jaguars over next two weeks.

#26 - 2-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' are coming off a one-point win over the Bears in a battle of last place clubs. Their talented young defense continues to improve that keeps them in games.

#27 - 2-4 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins shocked the Steelers to get into the win column. They host the Bills this week that may determine any postseason hopes for the 2016 season.

#28 - 1-5 PANTHERS
How the mighty have fallen. Carolina lost to another NFC South opponent, the Saints. They get a bye this week to regroup for a necessary second half turnaround to challenge for the postseason.

#29 - 1-5 JETS
Jets were trashed again, this time by the Cardinals. HC Todd Bowles goes to QB Geno Smith at home vs the Ravens in a desperate move to stop the slide.

#30 - 1-5 49ers
The 49ers were awful in blowout to the Bills with QB Colin Kaepernick lousy at the helm. They host the Bucs this Sunday prior to their bye week.

#31 - 1-5 BEARS
The Bears lost to the lowly Jaguars in last one. They face their arch rival, the Packers on Thursday night before hosting the Vikings on Monday in two defining NFC North matchups.

#32 - 0-6 BROWNS
The Browns lost a close one to the Titans to remain the only winless club in the league. They travel to Cinny this week before hosting the struggling Jets in two weeks.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL Power Poll - Week 6 - Vikings Stand Alone #1 Ranking

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NFL Power Poll - Week 6

Photo - QB Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers

Team of the Week - Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Ben Roethlisberger - Steelers
Defensive Player of the Week - CB Nickell Robey-Coleman - Bills

Rookie of Week - RB Ezekiel Elliott - Cowboys

Game of Week #6 - Dallas Cowboys (4-1) at Green Bay Packers (3-1)

NFL Ranking /Record /Team
#1 - 5-0 VIKINGS

Vikings only team still undefeated with bye week here.

#2 - 4-1 PATRIOTS
Patriots shined in veteran QB Tom Brady return to action. They face the Bengals in a possible AFC postseason warmup.

#3 - 3-1 PACKERS
Packers' QB Aaron Rodgers is hot and looking to face the Cowboys at home in a key NFC showdown.

#4 - 4-1 EAGLES
Eagles were ambushed in Detroit that brings them back to reality. Eagles travel to Capital this week before hosting the Vikings the following game.

#5 - 4-2 BRONCOS
Broncos face a hungry Charger team Thursday night that exploited their vanilla offense. Look rest to Monday night game vs Texans.

#6 - 3-1 SEAHAWKS
Seahawks get back to back tough NFC tests with Falcons coming to town, and trip to the desert vs the Cardinals.

#7 - 4-1 STEELERS
The Steelers are a hot club and travel to Miami where the Dolphins are in their usual state of confusion. Steelers host the Patriots in two weeks.

#8 - 4-1 RAIDERS
The Raiders held on and beat the mistake prone Chargers. The Raiders won their three straight for the first time in five years.

#9 - 4-1 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan and Falcons face the acid test this week with trip to Seattle. The Falcons are the highest scoring club and will test one of the league’s best defenses.

#10 - 4-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ face a tough two game stretch with the Bengals and Packers up next. Rookie runner Ezekiel Elliott is a dominant runner and a difference maker here.

#11 - 2-3 BENGALS
Bengals have struggled too often in the early action and get a big test at home in New England. They failed to stop the run vs the Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott and must prove they can win the line of scrimmage.

#12 - 3-2 RAVENS
The Ravens fired another OC and will spent the next two weeks at Met Life vs the GMen and Jets.

#13 - 3-2 RAMS
Rams were shocked by the Bills at home and travel to Detroit this week in a harder game than most expect.

#14 - 3-2 REDSKINS
Washington has won three straight games and hosts the Eagles this week. QB Kirk Cousins has produced enough and the struggling defense improved in win over the Ravens.

#15 - 2-3 GIANTS
The Giants has lost three in a row and face a tough two game stretch vs the Ravens and Rams that are critical for competing in the balanced NFC East.

#16 - 3-2 TEXANS
The Texans hold on to AFC South lead, but must prove they can beat AFC rivals, the Colts and Broncos over next two weeks. The defense without star DE JJ Watt looks average at best.

#17 - 3-2 BILLS
Bills' travelled to LA and jumped the Rams for their third win in a row. They face the 49ers and Dolphins the next two weeks and could emerge as a surprise AFC contender with victories.

#18 - 2-3 CARDINALS
The Cardinals are the biggest disappointment of the young season. They host the Jets and Seahawks the next two weeks with a healthy QB Carson Palmer.

#19 - 2-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs regrouped during their bye week and look to get veteran runner Jamaal Charles back and provide an impact for balanced attack. They had two weeks to prepare for the hated Raiders.

#20 - 2-3 COLTS
The Colts’ QB Andrew Luck stepped up in crunch time in win over the Bears. Colts face South rival, the Texans who they have owned in recent seasons.

#21 - 2-3 LIONS
The Lions’ QB Matt Stafford had a hot hand vs the highly rated Eagles defense and edged out a 24-23 victory. Their defense held on in crunch time. They host NFC contenders, the Rams and Redskins over the next two weeks that may define their season.

#22 - 1-4 PANTHERS
Carolina lost to NFC South doormat, the Bucs in Monday night game. They travel to the Big East and face the equally desperate Saints up next. They get QB Cam Newton after a one week absence.

#23 - 1-3 SAINTS
The Saints come off their bye week to face the struggling Panthers. This one could be a shootout between Brees and Newton vs two of the league’s worst defense in the early season.

#24 - 2-4 CHARGERS
The Chargers jumped on the Super Bowl champion, Broncos to reverse their disappointing early start. They found ways to lose weekly in big situations that has them digging out of West basement.

#25 - 1-4 JETS
Jets were torched by QB Ben Roethlisberger in last one and continue to struggle with tough early schedule. They travel to Arizona who get QB Carson Palmer back this week.

#26 - 2-3 BUCCANEERS
The Bucs won a key home game vs the Panthers that helped this young club and QB Jameis Winston. The Bucs get their bye week this Sunday before traveling to San Fran.

#27 - 2-3 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota threw 3 TDs vs the struggling Dolphins for a strong performance after struggling in recent weeks. They face a weak home schedule this month with the Browns, Colts and Jaguars coming to Music town.

#28 - 1-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' are coming off their bye week for trip to Chi town. Their talented young defense is coming off a good effort vs QB Andrew Luck with six sacks. They get an average stretch of games.

#29 - 1-4 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins were terrible vs the lowly Titans in last one. They host the Steelers and Bills the next two weeks that may define their 2016 season.

#30 - 1-4 49ers
The 49ers are falling quickly that forced the change to QB Colin Kaepernick. He faces the Bills in Buffalo after losing the job after a few years of lousy inconsistent play.

#31 - 1-4 BEARS
The Bears were toasted by Colts’ Andrew Luck in last game. They face the Jaguars this week before back to back NFC North matchups with the Packers and Vikings.

#32 - 0-5 BROWNS
The Browns defense caved in vs the Patriots, Tom Brady who made a strong return to the NFL. They travel to Nashville this week in one of the few soft spots remaining on the schedule. They are paying for a decade of disastrous personnel decisions.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL Power Poll - Week 5 - Vikes and Broncos Hold Top Two Rankings

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NFL Power Poll - Week 5

Photo - QB Matt Ryan - Falcons

Team of the Week - Atlanta Falcons

Offensive Player of the Week - QB Matt Ryan - Falcons
Defensive Player of the Week - DT Aaron Donald - Rams

Rookie of Week - WR Will Fuller - Texans

Game of Week #5 - Atlanta Falcons (3-1) at Denver Broncos (4-0)

NFL Ranking /Record / Team
#1 - 4-0 VIKINGS

Vikings defense continues to look dominant with a big performance vs Eli Manning and the GMen. Their front four continues to provide consistent pressure that forces offenses to attack only the short zones. Veteran QB Sam Bradford has made fast progress in this system in only a few weeks and gives the Vikes a playmaker and leader. They host the Texans Sunday.

#2 - 4-0 BRONCOS
Broncos pounded the Bucs last week and forced QB Jameis Winston into another series of big mistakes. They overcame an injury to young QB Trevor Siemian and have the swagger to continue to dominant. They get fully tested Sunday with the hot Falcons and QB Matt Ryan coming to Mile High.

#3 - 3-1 PATRIOTS
New England put up an impressive 3-1 record in the absence of suspended QB Tom Brady. He returns vs the hapless Browns on the road who invent new ways to lose.

#4 - 2-1 PACKERS
Packers' have had two weeks to get ready to host the GMen on Sunday night. Veteran QB Aaron Rodgers is hitting stride and has his favorite wideout Jordy Nelson back at 100%. This is a very critical NFC matchup with the loser in a difficult spot in their divisional race.

#5 - 4-0 EAGLES
Eagles come off a bye week and travel to Detroit for an NFC clash. Rookie QB Carson Wentz has been the talk of the first year class. Eagles face a strong NFC schedule the next two months including a steady diet of quality starting QBs on the agenda.

#6 - 3-1 SEAHAWKS
QB Russell Wilson sliced the outmanned Jets entering their bye week. He looks to rehab his ankle for key upcoming NFC contests. Their defense is still the best in the game and capable of stoning any offense.

#7 - 3-1 STEELERS
The Steelers bombed the Chiefs in a statement victory, especially after being toasted by the hot Eagles the prior week. They get a diet of three AFC East games prior to their bye week.

#8 - 2-2 BENGALS
Bengals pounded the Dolphins on Thursday night off a huge performance by veteran wideout A.J. Green. They are well rested for their trip to Dallas and starting to hit stride. They will be tested to defender their AFC North title.

#9 - 3-1 RAVENS
The Ravens lost a tough home game vs Raiders after coming back late in the matchup. They will probably be in a dogfight with the Bengals and Steelers again for AFC North leadership. They get the Redskins at home this week.

#10 - 3-1 RAMS
Rams went Hollywood this year and are playing a leading role in the NFC in the early action. They rely on a strong ground attack and tough overall defense. They get the Bills at home before the Lions in Motown prior to their trip to London with the GMen.

#11 - 3-1 RAIDERS
The Raiders came back and won a big game in Baltimore that can be the catalyst for a playoff run. They have not earned the playoffs since 2002 but are a legitimate contender this season. Young QB Derek Carr has matured quickly and given them a leader to be a difference maker in crunch time. They get the hated Chiefs at home this week.

#12 – 3-1 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan has taken command here and light up the early action as the #1 passer in the league. Wideout Julio Jones has been a difference maker and smoked NFC South rival the Panthers last week. The Falcons are the highest scoring club in the league by an incredible 30%. Their defense will have to step up to maintain NFC South leadership. They face the Broncos in High Mile this week that may establish them as one of this years’ top contenders.

#13 - 3-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ face a tough two game stretch with the Bengals and Packers up next. Rookie QB Dak Prescott has managed games fairly well with few mistakes and good decision making. Bengals’ duo of QB Andy Dalton and WR AJ Green will test the Boys suspect secondary to the fullest. Rookie runner Ezekiel Elliott leads the league and is a marked man going forward.

#14 - 2-2 GIANTS
The Giants continue to make critical mistakes especially senseless penalties. Their secondary was missing four key players and was hapless vs Sam Bradford. They will have to get well quickly with QB Aaron Rodgers up next. Star wideout Odell Beckham must mature to play up to his elite talent and be the impact weapon needed here.

#15 - 3-1 TEXANS
The Texans have jumped to an early lead in the weak AFC South despite losing star DE JJ Watt for the season. QB Brock Osweiler was faced heavy pass pressure and is still settling into this offense. He faces the buzzsaw Vikings front four this week in the tough new dome.

#16 - 2-2 REDSKINS
Washington recovered from a tough start, but face the Ravens and Eagles over the next two weeks. QB Kirk Cousins will have to be at his best vs two of the better defenses in the league. The Skins defense will have to tighten up after some sloppy early play in big situations.

#17 - 1-3 CARDINALS
The Cardinals must find a way to win tonight vs the 49ers with QB Carson Palmer out with a concussion. Runner David Johnson and wideout Larry Fitzgerald must step up if the Cardinals want to reverse their early season poor play. Palmer may need a few weeks to get fully healthy.

#18 - 1-3 PANTHERS
Carolina lost a shootout vs arch rival Atlanta. They get NFC South foes, the Bucs and Saints up next. Their offensive line was allowed QB Cam Newton to take a beating and a concussion that makes Monday night vs Bucs questionable. Their defense has been touched weekly with 118 points allowed.

#19 - 2-2 CHIEFS
The Chiefs have blasted by the Steelers in all phases of the game. They can regroup during their bye week and hope to get veteran runner Jamaal Charles back and provide an impact for balanced attack. They get two weeks to prepare for the hated Raiders.

#20 - 1-3 COLTS
The Colts’ QB Andrew Luck has performed well, but is not capable of carrying this marginal club. He has sustained a league high 15 sacks with countless pressures. There ground game is weak that puts one of the leagues’ worst defenses in a tough spot. Colts get the Bears in an almost must win situation at home this week.

#21 - 1-3 SAINTS
The Saints relied on 2 TD passes from Drew Brees in the final 5 minutes to obtain their first victory. They get their bye week to prepare to host the Panthers. The league’s worst defense has allowed 130 points and will be difficult to improve in season with limited resources.

#22 – 1-3 JETS
Jets have struggled with their brutal schedule and get no relief with trips to Pittsburgh and Arizona up next. Their tough defense has only been mediocre thus far while their offense continues to make major mistakes in key situations. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick has made a leagues leading 10 interceptions.

#23 - 2-2 BILLS
Bills' shutout their arch rival, the Patriots in what may be HC Rex Ryan’s Super bowl. They travel to LA and run into the hot smash mouth Rams who will test this club to the fullest. Bills may flounder at the .500 mark all season.

#24 - 1-3 LIONS
The Lions lost to the lowly Bears after being blasted by Packers the prior week in key divisional games. Their defense continues to struggle while they fail to run the ball effectively. They host the Eagles and the Rams over the next two weeks that may define their season.

#25 - 1-3 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins got smoked by the Bengals in last one with inconsistent play overall. Young QB Ryan Tannehill has disappointed under heavy pass pressure. They get a three game AFC home schedule here that they need to get to the .500 mark.

#26 - 1-3 CHARGERS
The Chargers have found ways to lose despite the fine performance of vet QB Philip Rivers. The SD defense has given up critical big plays at key points of the game. They face a tough heavy AFC West schedule the next month that probably determines their fate this season.

#27 - 1-3 BUCCANEERS
Young QB Jameis Winston has struggled in the early going with minimal help from his supporting cast. The Bucs defense has allowed among the most points in the league after 4 games. The Bucs play the Panthers this week and hope to catch the divisional champs reeling from their own tough start.

#28 - 1-3 49ERS
The 49ers lack firepower to matchup weekly and young QB Blaine Gabbert was limited weapons. The talented SF defense has been banged up and allowed too many points especially in big situations.
The 49ers hope to catch the Cardinals undermanned this week.

#29 - 1-3 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota has paid his dues his first two seasons. He has limited his mistakes, but has also made few big plays to change games. Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's defense has contained offenses with minimal big plays allowed, but they have also produce few impact plays to change games.
They face a weak schedule this month that they must take advantage and build some confidence.

#30 - 1-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' held off a fierce Colts rally to lodge their first victory. QB Blake Bortles had a good performance and can be a leader here to build around. Their talented young defense stepped up and sacks QB Andrew Luck six times that gave the Jaguars the necessary cushion to post the win. They get their bye week to celebrate before an average stretch of games.

#31 - 1-3 BEARS
The Bears won their first game vs the Lions. John Fox's defense limited the Lions early as the Bears beat Detroit for the first time after a six game losing streak. They face the Colts and Jaguars the next two weeks in a couple of winnable matchups.

#32 - 0-4 BROWNS
The Browns defense caved in vs the Redskins especially in the Red zone where they allowed 4 TDs. They have only a few soft spots the rest of the schedule and are a strong candidate for the #1 overall NFL Draft selection in April.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

NFL Power Poll - Week 4 - Vikings Pressing Patriots For Top Ranking

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NFL Power Poll - Week 4

Vikings Move to #2 Ranking Behind Patriots With Broncos #3 in NFL Poll

Photo - QB Carson Wentz - Eagles

Team of the Week - Minnesota Vikings

Offensive Player of the Week - WR Ty Hilton - Colts
Defensive Player of the Week - DE Everson Griffen - Vikings

Rookie of Week - QB Carson Wentz - Eagles

Game of the Week - N.Y. Giants (2-1) at Minnesota Vikings (3-0)

#1 - 3-0 PATRIOTS
New England was been amazing with star QB Tom Brady out with a month long suspension. They win with unproven QBs, Jimmy Garoppolo and rookie Jacoby Bassett. They get the Bills this week with Brady returning next Sunday vs the Browns. Patriots continue to dominate the inept and soft NFC East.

#2 - 3-0 VIKINGS
Vikings look dominant last week bashing QB Cam Newton and the Panthers. Vikings has settled into veteran QB Sam Bradford who has responded well despite losing Pro Bowl runner Adrian Peterson and LT Matt Kalil to long term injuries. The Vikings defense has been dominant with consistent heavy pressure that buried the talented mobile Newton.

#3 - 3-0 BRONCOS
Broncos have not lost a step off their Super Bowl title last season despite losing main players like Peyton Manning and DL Malik Jackson. They come off an impressive win at Cincinnati that displayed their strong defense again and good effort once again from young QB Trevor Siemian.

#4 - 2-1 PACKERS
Packers' offense exploded behind QB Aaron Rodgers and wideout Jordy Nelson that dispelled some early concerns. They get an early bye this week with the heavy NFC schedule and Giants next up in Title town.

#5 - 3-0 EAGLES
Eagles rookie QB Carson Wentz has been outstanding in the first three victories with no turnovers. That’s a first for the rookie QB since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. The Eagles defense has been just as impressive with a league low of only 27 points allowed. They get a bye this week before resuming vs the Lions.

#6 - 3-0 RAVENS
The Ravens know how to win with a core Super Bowl champ group in the building. They faced a soft early schedule, but still have the composure and poise in big situations that usually spell victory in crunch time. They get the Raiders and Redskins at home the next two weeks.

#7 - 2-1 STEELERS
The Steelers won vs two division winners from 2015 in their first two games, but were bashed by the hot Eagles last week. They get two home games vs Chiefs and Jets that allows them to stay in AFC North chase.

#8 - 1-2 BENGALS
Bengals will rely on veteran wideout A.J. Green and runner vet Jeremy Hill to take up slack with a few key receivers in offseason. This club needs to win in one of the toughest divisions in the game. Their ultimate test will be the postseason, but face a tough challenge to stay competitive.

#9 - 2-1 GIANTS
The Giants looked like 2015 all over again when they blew a lead and many opportunities vs the Skins. They made key mistakes that gave away a critical NFC East matchup. They travel to Minnesota and Green Bay the next two, key NFC opponents who are playing well currently.

#10 - 2-1 SEAHAWKS
QB Russell Wilson looks to play with a sprained ankle with an offense that lacks firepower. The ground game may determine their success with Russell less than 100%. They travel to Met Life for Jets matchup prior to a bye that to get healthy.

#11 - 1-2 PANTHERS
Carolina was battered by the powerful Vikings defense that pressured QB Cam Newton tremendously. They face NFC South opponents the next three weeks that will probably determine early divisional leadership. Pass protection will be critical for Cam Newton’s success.

#12 - 1-2 CARDINALS
The Cardinals has been disappointing initially and face a heavy NFC schedule that determines their early direction. They face a physical Rams team relies on their powerful defense and strong ground game. Carson Palmer needs to step up with key NFC games upcoming.

#13 - 2-1 CHIEFS
The Chiefs have been hot and cold and face a huge AFC game at Pittsburgh. Their defense has been a fixture in recent weeks and tailback Jamaal Charles returns for key matchup vs the Steelers.

#14 – 1-2 JETS
Jets continued to fail in big situations. Their tough defense has only been mediocre thus far while their offense continues to make major mistakes in key situations. QB Ryan Fitzpatrick faces back to back tough clubs in the Seahawks and Packers.

#15 - 2-1 RAMS
Rams rely on strong ground attack and tough overall defense. They have had the Seahawks' number in recent years and come off two victories with win over Bucs. They travel to Arizona in a critical NFC West matchup that has impact on divisional race.

#16 - 2-1 COWBOYS
The Cowboys’ rely on rookie QB Dak Prescott to guide them through the first half of the schedule. He has been efficient mainly but will be without star WR Dez Bryant this week. He looks to follow rookie runner Ezekiel Elliott in matchup with 49ers.

#17 - 2-1 RAIDERS
The Raiders are learning how to win, especially close games. Young QB Derek Carr faces a heavy AFC schedule over the next month that may shape the AFC West. They travel to Baltimore in key AFC matchup before a divisional run.

#18 – 2-1 FALCONS
Veteran QB Matt Ryan has directed the Falcons and the highest scoring club in the league. Their defense will have to step up to maintain NFC South leadership especially with a better pass rush. They face Panthers and Broncos in next two weeks that may separate them from contenders or pretenders.

#19 - 1-2 REDSKINS
Washington got a gift from the Giants for their first victory. Q Jay Gruden will play it out with veteran QB Kirk Cousins. The defense is bangup and suspect and needs to regroup quickly. They get the Browns at home and attempt to get to .500 this week.

#20 - 1-2 COLTS
The Colts rely heavy on QB Andrew Luck who operates behind an average supporting cast. Their defense ranks as the 2nd worst in the league with 95 points allowed. Luck has carried this club when healthy and can lead this team in a weak division. Colts get Jaguars and Bears over next two weeks.

#21 - 2-1 TEXANS
The Texans have won a few early close games while allowing only 53 points. They loss star DE JJ Watt for the season with a back injury. QB Brock Osweiler will have to step up and get more production from this attack. They get Titans at home this week in a vital matchup to maintain South leadership..

#22 - 1-2 LIONS
The Lions were blasted by Packers in key divisional game. Their defense has struggled to stop the pass and been poor in the red zone. They go to Chicago this week before a three game home stand vs NFC opponents.

#23 - 1-2 DOLPHINS
The Dolphins have been inconsistent once again especially young QB Ryan Tannehill. They continue to disappoint in big situations with multiple turnovers. They get a four game AFC schedule here that may define their ability to compete for a playoff spot.

#24 - 1-2 BUCCANEERS
Young QB Jameis Winston will continue to go through his growing pains that creates an inconsistent offense. The Bucs defense has allowed the most points in the league after 3 games. The Bucs play the Broncos and Panthers the next two weeks that may set stage for another sub. 500 season.

#25 - 1-2 CHARGERS
The Chargers have been a faltering club in recent years despite the presence of vet QB Philip Rivers. The SD defense has been undermanned despite some young talent. They face a heavy schedule of AFC clubs and strong passing attacks over next month.

#26 - 1-2 49ERS
QB Blaine Gabbert was been only adequate, but Colin Kaepernick has been ineffective for the past two seasons. 49ers host the Cowboys and Cardinals over the next week.

#27 - 0-3 SAINTS
The Saints defense has given up an average of 32 points which spells a winless start of 2016. QB Drew Brees can still light it up but it may not be enough to overcome this horrific defense. Might get their first victory with trip to San Diego up next.

#28 - 1-2 BILLS
Bills' offense will be without WR Sammy Watkins vs Patriots. The defensive unit has struggled with several injuries that may limit HC Rex Ryan in his scheme versatility.

#29 - 1-2 TITANS
QB Marcus Mariota has struggled with limited weapons in the early going. Titans defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau's defense has shut the door weekly and can develop a young unit. They face a fairly weak schedule the next six week, but could spell in a few wins.

#30 - 0-3 JAGUARS
The Jags' know how to loss the past five seasons and continue with overall poor play. QB Blake Bortles has been only average and talented young defense faces a steep learning curve to be competitive. They travel to London vs Colts before their bye week.

#31 - 0-3 BEARS
The Bears may be the worst in the league with a weak offense that is ready to pursue a QB for the future this offense. John Fox's defense has talent, but also has youth that may take a few seasons to mature. They face a soft section of their schedule with Detroit in this week.

#32 - 0-3 BROWNS
The Browns are a total disaster and a graveyard for high draft picks. They start rookie QB Cody Kessler who has performed fairly well. Troubled wideout Josh Gordon enters rehab and will part ways with Browns after a tragic playing career. Browns travel to Washington then return home vs Patriots.

Frank Coyle is a long time scout with nationwide ties with coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites

2016 NFL Preseason Week-by-Week Schedule

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2016 NFL Preseason Week-by-Week Schedule

Hall of Fame Game - Aug. 7
Green Bay vs. Indianapolis (ESPN)

Cancelled due to poor field conditions

Photo - WR Odell Beckham Jr. - Giants

Thursday, August 11
Washington Redskins (0-0) at Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons (0-0)
Georgia Dome - 7:00p ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0) at Philadelphia Eagles (0-0)
Lincoln Financial Field - 7:00p ET

Carolina Panthers (0-0) at Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens (0-0)
M&T Bank Stadium - 7:30p ET

New Orleans Saints (0-0) at New England Patriots (0-0)
Gillette Stadium - 7:30p ET

Jacksonville Jaguars (0-0) at New York Jets (0-0)
MetLife Stadium - 7:30p ET

Denver Broncos (0-0) at Chicago Bears (0-0)
Soldier Field - 8:00p ET

Friday, August 12
Miami Dolphins (0-0) at New York Giants (0-0)
MetLife Stadium - 7:00p ET

Detroit Lions (0-0) at Pittsburgh Steelers (0-0)
Heinz Field - 7:00p ET

Minnesota Vikings (0-0) at Cincinnati Bengals (0-0)
Paul Brown Stadium - 7:30p ET

Cleveland Browns (0-0) at Green Bay Packers (0-0)
Lambeau Field - 8:00p ET

Oakland Raiders (0-0) at Arizona Cardinals (0-0)
University of Phoenix Stadium - 10:00p ET

Saturday, August 13
Seattle Seahawks (0-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (0-0)
Arrowhead Stadium - 4:30p ET

Indianapolis Colts (0-0) at Buffalo Bills (0-0)
Ralph Wilson Stadium - 7:00p ET

Dallas Cowboys (0-0) at Los Angeles Rams (0-0)
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum - 8:00p ET ESPN
San Diego Chargers (0-0) at Tennessee Titans (0-0)
Nissan Stadium - 8:00p ET

Sunday, August 14
Houston Texans (0-0) at San Francisco 49ers (0-0)
Levi's Stadium - 7:00p ET

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