Winning ugly. Is there such a thing? If you saw any portion of the Ravens vs. Chiefs game, you’re probably shaking your head yes, but a lot of teams this week would’ve sold their soul for a win uglier than a Tony Siragusa pit stain. This week’s biggest risers are the Vikings (top ten, baby!), followed by the Patriots and Steelers. The biggest tumble was a massive one; an 11-spot plunge taken by the Cardinals. You knew it was coming sooner or later. 1. Atlanta Falcons (5-0) Last week: 1 When you can go on the road and not play your best in the wind and rain, and you still come away with a win, you’re probably pretty good. Also, it seems like Tony Gonzalez could average 70 catches a year for 950 yards and 8 touchdowns until he’s about 65 years old. 2. Houston Texans (5-0) Last week: 2 It really felt like the Jets were going to empty their bag of tricks on Monday night to get a win, but the Texans withstood it, mostly by feeding the ball to Arian Foster and then just waiting for the Jets to bury themselves. They eventually obliged. A handful of good teams won in a somewhat unattractive fashion this week. It’s not a bad list to be on. 3. San Francisco 49ers (4-1) Last week: 4 Sure, anyone can look good against the Jets and Bills, the homely stepsisters of the AFC East, but I’m not sure many teams would win a combined 79-3 against them, either. This is an evolving offense and a monster defense. I get all tingly thinking about next week’s Giants vs. 49ers game.
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NFL power rankings: Thanks, Cardinals, that was fun (Shutdown Corner)