Week 4 is under wraps and there are five teams that have remained undefeated through the first quarter of the 2013 NFL season: the New Orleans Saints, Seattle Seahawks, New England Patriots, Kansas City Chiefs, And the Denver Broncos. Some of these undefeated teams have played better than others which is why its time to throw them into my NFL rankings of power.
Number 1: Denver Broncos (4-0) – The Broncos remain in my top spot after another impressive defeat of the Philadelphia Eagles. The Broncos beat the Eagles 52-20 on Sunday in extraordinary fashion, setting the franchise record for the most points in a single regular season game. This Peyton Manning led offense has looked dominant, even unstoppable at times. They have scored a whopping 179 points through four games, a feat that hasn’t been done since the 1962 Dallas Cowboys. Ironically, the Broncos play the struggling Cowboys next week in Dallas. I once again expect the Broncos to remain in the top spot, unless they let their foot of the gas pedal for some unforeseen reason.
Week 2 of the regular NFL season is finishing up this Monday night in a AFC North showdown. I’ll usually wait to post my power rankings, but these two teams aren’t exactly stacked among the elite so I went ahead and went on without them.
Denver, Colo. – After two nights of record breaking down-pour, Boulder police chief Mark Beckner is optimistic after a tour he took of the city earlier this morning. Beckner declared via Twitter, that, “Things are looking better”– although he also says, that “the danger is not over.”
According to Beckner’s latest update, he is hopeful that the “rain will hold off so that clean up can begin.” Beckner said that during his tour he saw the Boulder Creek had dropped from its peak flow of “about 5,000” cubic feet per second.
The Daily Camera reports that Beckner is shocked by the amount of water that is still flowing into the streets.
“We knew the water had subsided somewhat, but it was still amazing the amount of water that was still outside the creek,” Beckner said. “I was surprised at the amount of water still out on the roads.”
He also said that said that he saw all sorts of debris littering the road, making driving impossible in some areas.
“There’s a lot of debris and mud in the roadway,” Beckner said. “Rocks, boulders, mud, logs.”
Despite the catastrophe, Beckner said that he was proud of how the law enforcement agencies have been able to work together, but admitted their work was far from done.
“The roads are probably going to be the easiest part. The hard part is the repairs that need to be made,” Beckner said. “Then you’ve got to look at the residents who have been flooded. There’s an awful lot of damaged homes and businesses out there, and it’s not a pleasant thing to have your home flooded.”
Denver, Colo. – Brent Wold’s commute from his house in the suburbs of Aurora to his school located on the outskirts of downtown Denver usually requires sun glasses. However this summer, Wold has noticed that he has been switching his shades for his windshield wipers more so than ever.
Colorado is widely renown as one of the sunniest states in the Union. The states dry temperament climate experiences over 300 days of sunshine every year.
Unlike the typical summers experienced in Denver however, this past summer has seen more rain than usual. Locals like Wold claim that this summer has experienced more rain than he’s ever seen.
Precipitation levels recorded by http://www.weather.com indicate that Denver has received 3.80 inches of rainfall in the month of August. Denver usually averages 2.01 inches in the month of August, justifying Wold’s claim that this summer has seen more rain than usual.
This rainfall in Denver isn’t being dreaded upon though, rather it is being accepted with open arms among Denver residents. Earlier this year the state imposed water restrictions and fire bans due to the area’s lack of precipitation and dry conditions. Locals were desperate for rain this summer because they feared wildfires would devastate the state like they previously had last summer.
As summer nears it end, residents like Wold are hoping that this watery trend continues into the winter because as much as Coloradans love their rain, everyone knows that they love their snow even more.
I’ll admit it. For years I was one of those Americans that had no regard for the safety of the players in the NFL. The execs in the NFL however have had different ideas when it comes to player safety. They, unlike thousands of fans, are drastically concerned with player safety for a number of different reasons, concussions being the primary. This can be seen through the new rules that have been recently implemented by the NFL. Their hope is that these new rules will cut down on the amount of injuries that commonly occur on the field, specifically the amount concussions. Like many, I was not a fan of these new rules because I thought that it’d take away from the exciting moments that make up the game. So why would the NFL try and reprehend these exciting moments we fans have come to cherish? We don’t want to watch a game where men dressed like a bunch of zebras replace the pigskin with yellow flags. Some of my earliest NFL memories are made up of these exciting moments. They were what made me a fan of football. Moments like Steve Atwaters infamous smack down on the Nigerian Nightmare Christian Okoye, or the priceless sound of John Lynch hitting a receiver who foolishly dared to cross the middle. These moments on the gridiron are what plant the seeds for every generations growing fandom, and to think that a flag would of been thrown if these plays some how happened in today’s game makes me sick to me stomach. That’s why it took so long for me to support the new rules, because I felt they would replace these moments with yellow flags.
Outside of the Super Bowl or bust hysteria surrounding the Denver Broncos right now, there are a number rookies they drafted and picked up via free agency to get excited about this up and coming season. From the addition of special team playmakers like Quincy McDuffie, to an explosive wide out in Tavarres King, the Broncos have to like their potential play makers as they head into their 2013 training camp.
The Rockies All-Star slugger Michael Cuddyer has seen a lot in his twelve year career, yet he surprisingly has a lot left in the gas tank. One could argue that he is having his best year yet, hitting .330 with 16 bombs and 55 rbi’s at the All-Star break. There is no doubt that his production on the offensive side of the plate is a valuable asset for the Rockies as they head into the unofficial second half of the season. But as the Rockies currently sit 4.5 games out of first place in the NL West, there has been rumors floating around about the Rockies potentially trading Cuddy for some much needed pitching help.