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Green Bay Packers Continue to Rise in NFL Power Rankings

October 15th, 2013 at 10:06 AM
By Sean Tehan

Before we get to the Goat's latest NFL Power Rankings, lets honor a couple of players and feature some quick hit surprises.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: QB Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers

The Minnesota Vikings had emotion on their side after the horrid and awful death to Adrian Peterson's two year-old son, but Cam Newton had other plans for the Panthers on Sunday.

Newton led a Panthers' offensive attack which torched the Vikings defense for 35 points, as Newton completed 20 of 26 passes for 242 yards and he threw three touchdowns.

Newton also rushed for 30 yards on nine carries and scored one touchdown on the ground as well, as the Panthers clearly looked like the better team on Sunday, thanks to Newton.

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: LB A.J. Hawk, Green Bay Packers

No Clay Matthews proved to be no problem for the Green Bay Packers defense, as Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk had the best game of his NFL career.

Hawk led the Packers with 10 total tackles, five tackles for loss and he registered three sacks in a win against the Baltimore Ravens.

Hawk helped the Packers defense hold the Ravens to only 17 points and 47 rushing yards on offense. With Hawk's explosive plays in the opposing backfield this past Sunday, expect the Packers to blitz him more often (especially with Nick Perry's latest injury).

QUICK-HIT SURPRISES

1. Buffalo Bills quarterback Thaddeus Lewis, who was just promoted from the practice squad, nearly led the Bills to a comeback victory over the Cincinnati Bengals…the beauty of playing home games in the NFL.

2. Green Bay Packers lose star wide receivers James Jones and Randall Cobb to knee injuries against the Baltimore Ravens on the road and they still find a way to win the football game on offense.

3. St. Louis Rams defense and special teams forced four turnovers and returned two of those turnovers for touchdowns. The 14 points scored by the defense and special teams OUTSCORED the Houston Texans alone on Sunday (Texans only scored 13 points).

4. Detroit Lions undrafted rookie tight end Joseph Fauria celebrates the return of All-Pro wide receiver Calvin Johnson with three touchdown receptions.

5. New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has one of his most impressive finishes to a game in his entire career and he is able to do it with a lesser-talented receiving group than he has ever had.

Goat's Power Rankings

1. Denver Broncos (6-0)

Last Week: 1

Von Miller returns and all eyes are on Indianapolis

2. Seattle Seahawks (5-1)

Last Week: 4

Seahawks continue to find ways to win in even the weirdest games

3. New England Patriots (5-1)

Last Week: 7

When Rob Gronkowski returns, this team will be a definite Super Bowl contender

4. New Orleans Saints (5-1)

Last Week: 2

Great comeback effort but Saints couldn't make key defensive stops at the end against the Patriots

5. Indianapolis Colts (4-2)

Last Week: 3

The offense has to play better in Peyton Manning's homecoming next Sunday night

6. San Francisco 49ers (4-2)

Last Week: 5

Their 1-2 start was obviously just a fluke to mess with the NFL

7. Kansas City Chiefs (6-0)

Last Week: 6

Chiefs defense registers 10 sacks on Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor, but this team still has yet to play a quality opponent

8. Detroit Lions (4-2)

Last Week: 12

Everything is better for Detroit when Calvin Johnson is playing

9. Chicago Bears (4-2)

Last Week: 13

Nearly gave a game away on Thursday Night Football

10. Cincinnati Bengals (4-2)

Last Week: 15

^See "9. Chicago Bears" above^

11. Green Bay Packers (4-2)

Last Week: 16

No team fights through adversity or adjusts to injury like the Packers do

12. Baltimore Ravens (3-3)

Last Week: 8

Ravens' offensive line can't pave any kind of holes for Ray Rice

13. Miami Dolphins (3-2)

Last Week: 9

Must-win home game against the Buffalo Bills in Week 7

14. Tennessee Titans (3-3)

Last Week: 10

Titans are missing Jake Locker…wait, what?

15. San Diego Chargers (3-3)

Last Week: 22

Chargers show a lot more fight under new head coach Mike McCoy than they did under Norv Turner

16. Dallas Cowboys (3-3)

Last Week: 23

Cowboys are primed to win the NFC East by default this season

17. St. Louis Rams (3-3)

Last Week: 25

Rams put on a dominating performance in all three phases at Houston

18. Arizona Cardinals (3-3)

Last Week: 11

ATTN. ARIZONA: Turnovers in the redzone are absolutely crucial in the NFL

19. Carolina Panthers (2-3)

Last Week: 27

This team is capable of wreaking so much havoc with the amount of talent they have

20. Philadelphia Eagles (3-3)

Last Week: 24

Eagles will try to avoid a potential quarterback controversy in the up and coming weeks

21. Cleveland Browns (3-3)

Last Week: 14

Browns' three-game winning streak comes to a screeching halt

22. New York Jets (3-3)

Last Week: 17

Geno Smith still going through the rookie growing pains

23. Buffalo Bills (2-4)

Last Week: 18

The record isn't great, but you've got to love what head coach Doug Marrone has brought to Bills football

24. Atlanta Falcons (1-4)

Last Week: 20

Falcons adamant in not trading Tony Gonzalez or giving up on the season

25. Houston Texans (2-4)

Last Week: 19

Houston, we have a problem

26. Oakland Raiders (2-4)

Last Week: 21

Can't extend win streak at Arrowhead Stadium after offensive line puts on dismal showing

27. Minnesota Vikings (1-4)

Last Week: 26

Regards go out to all victims of domestic abuse and assault

28. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-4)

Last Week: 29

They didn't beat a team like the Broncos, but a win is a win in the NFL

29. Washington Redskins (1-4)

Last Week: 28

There are just too many issues in D.C. right now to count on one hand

30. New York Giants (0-6)

Last Week: 31

Jobs are on the line in a must-win home game next week against the Minnesota Vikings

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5)

Last Week: 30

It's hard to feel bad for a head coach who allegedly leaked private information about his former quarterback

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-6)

Last Week: 32

Kudos to Gus Bradley for having his team go all out against the Broncos on Sunday

 

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Tags: A.J. Hawk, Cam Newton, Carolina Panthers, Football, Green Bay, Green Bay Packers, James Jones, NFL, Randall Cobb, St. Louis Rams, Thaddeus Lewis, Tom Brady

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