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NFL Week 4 rankings

Sep 29 2012 10:00PM

Steve Corkran, Contra Costa Times

STEVE CORKRAN'S NFL RANKINGS

1. Texans (3-0) QB Matt Schaub is 5-0 with 104.4 passer rating past five games vs. divisional foes; faces Titans on Sunday

2. Falcons (3-0) QB Matt Ryan is 4-0 at home vs. Panthers in career, with 107.7 passer rating

3. N.Y. Giants (2-1) WR Victor Cruz has nine receptions for 238 yards (26.4-yard average) and three TDs in two games vs. Eagles.

4. Ravens (3-1) Beat the Browns on Thursday night; seek 4-1 start with game against Chiefs on Oct. 7

5. Cardinals (3-0) They are NFL-best 10-2 over past 12 regular-season games, including 7-0 mark at home; host Dolphins on Sunday

6. Vikings (2-1) DE Jared Allen shooting for third straight game vs. Lions with three or more sacks

7. 49ers (2-1) WR Michael Crabtree has caught at least four passes in 10 straight games; seeks to make it 11 on Sunday vs. Jets, beginning at 10 a.m.

8. Eagles (2-1) Beat Giants seven of past eight games; RB LeSean McCoy 321 yards, three TDs rushing past three at home vs. Giants

9. Chargers (2-1) TE Antonio Gates has 12 TD receptions vs. Chiefs, most vs. any opponent

10. N.Y. Jets (2-1) WR Santonio Holmes averages 17.5 yards per catch against NFC opponents for his career

11. Patriots (1-2) Tom Brady 18-2 vs. Bills all-time, with 46 TDs and 17 interceptions

12. Seahawks (2-1) They are 13-1 vs. Rams past 14 games; rookie QB Russell

Wilson aims for third straight victory

13. Cowboys (2-1) LB DeMarcus Ware has 29 1/2 sacks past 22 games; looks to feast on Bears sack-prone QB Jay Cutler on Monday night

14. Packers (1-2) DB Charles Woodson has 38 interceptions (second in league) and nine interceptions returned for TD (first) since joining Packers in 2006

15. Bears (2-1) CB Charles Tillman only player since 2005 with 25-plus interceptions (26) and 25-plus forced fumbles (27)

16. Bengals (2-1) Andy Dalton owns perfect 158.3 passer rating in fourth quarter this season; puts that on line against Jaguars on Sunday

17. Bills (2-1) Ryan Fitzpatrick has at least two touchdown passes in each of first three games

18. Broncos (1-2) Peyton Manning 3-0 in past three starts vs. Raiders; 77-29 record all-time as starter at home

19. Raiders (1-2) They won past four games in Denver; facing Manning for first time as Broncos QB

20. Steelers (1-2) Get bye Sunday, resting up for battle of Pennsylvania against Eagles on Oct. 7

21. Titans (1-2) RB Chris Johnson averaged 87.6 yards rushing first eight games vs. Texans; averaging 1.4 per carry overall this season

22. Lions (1-2) WR Calvin Johnson netted 37 receptions for 641 yards and five TDs in past six divisional games

23. Rams (1-2) WR Danny Amendola is second in league in receptions (25) and tied for third in receiving yards (296)

24. Redskins (1-2) QB Robert Griffin III and RB Alfred Morris tied for league lead with three rushing TDs; Buccaneers own No. 1 rushing defense (47.3 yards per game)

25. Buccaneers (1-2) Josh Freeman is one of only two QBs (Aaron Rodgers) with 7,500-plus yards passing, 600-plus yards rushing since start of 2010 season

26. Jaguars (1-2) RB Maurice Jones-Drew leads NFL with 4,635 rushing yards since 2009

27. Colts (1-2) Have bye Sunday; QB Andrew Luck preparing for game vs. Packers and QB Aaron Rodgers on Oct. 7

28. Dolphins (1-2) RB Reggie Bush is averaging 117.3 yards rushing past seven games, gets stern test against Cardinals on Sunday

29. Chiefs (1-2) RB Jamaal Charles surpassed 230 yards rushing last Sunday (233) for second time in his career; Jim Brown holds record (three)

30. Panthers (1-2) Cam Newton's 16 rushing TDs most by QB in first two seasons; can pad total vs. Falcons

31. Saints (0-3) Drew Brees averaged 364.5 yards passing in first four starts vs. Packers; has TD pass in 46 straight games

32. Browns (0-4) Lost close game to Ravens; 0-5 start looms with next game vs. defending Super Bowl champion Giants on Oct. 7



Source: (c)2012 the Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.) Distributed by MCT Information Services


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