The Wilbon Index: Top NFL Teams
Week 4 of the NFL season finds the league with seven 3-0 teams, no two in the same division. So the task for WWW is to come up with some way to distinguish the teams.
Of course it's a fairly subjective process. But the emphasis here is on strength of schedule. The Broncos, for example, have beaten two dreadful opponents (Browns and Raiders) and one that's been a surprise so far (Bengals). The Saints won at Philly, which is pretty impressive, but otherwise trampled the Lions and Bills, which isn't.
The Vikings' last-second victory over the 49ers is their best win so far; beating the Browns and Lions doesn't do much for us. The Giants and Ravens each have one showy victory, but only one team has beaten three teams that coming into this season figured to qualify for the playoffs: the New York Jets!
1) Jets -- The Jets took down the Texans on the road, delivered on a guarantee to beat the Patriots and sent the Titans, who were playing with great urgency, to 0-3. It's the J-E-T-S in the top spot for now.
2) Giants -- A pair of victories over division rivals (Redskins and Cowboys) should count for something. Oh no, Jets and Giants 1 and 2?
3) Ravens -- Big time victory at San Diego + Killer D + Joe Flacco throwing for more than 300 yards = Very Dangerous Team.
4) Colts -- Part of the reason last year's playoff teams, Arizona and Miami, are so miserable right now. Jim Caldwell's Colts look pretty much the same as Tony Dungy's Colts, at least for now.
5) Vikings - Got outplayed at home by the 49ers for the most part, but Brett Favre is good for two or three of those last-second thrillers a year.
6) Saints - I know, I know. Seems insane to rank a team this low after it has scored 45, 48 and 27 points. If the Saints take down the Jets this weekend, they'll switch places in the rankings, too.
7) Broncos - They've done all they can do to this point, but it doesn't mean I'd take them in a game, even-up, against any of the top six teams.
8) 49ers - Best of the seven 2-1 teams and should be undefeated.
9) Bengals - Won in Green Bay, beat the defending champ Steelers, and lost on the Immaculate Deflection. Cincy should be 3-0.
10) Patriots - Defense has played better than expected. Okay, better than I expected so far.
Your turn to rank 'em:
Editors' note: The user poll works a little differently this week, with the teams listed in random order. The 13 teams are Wilbon's top 10 plus three other top teams.
Michael Wilbon| October 1, 2009; 4:31 PM ET | Category: NFL , Wilbon Index Save & Share:
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