Seahawks, 49ers Top First Edition of 2014 NFL Power Ratings
By: Matty Simo
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
With the NFL regular season kicking off in three weeks, now
is the perfect time to take a look at the first release of the Don
Best Advantage NFL Power Ratings from Don Best COO and oddsmaker Kenny White.
It's no surprise that the top two teams both reside in the NFC West division,
led by the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in the top spot and
the San Francisco 49ers right behind them at No. 2.
The Seahawks (101.5) and 49ers (101) were so close last year
that it came down to an incomplete pass from San Francisco 49ers quarterback
Colin Kaepernick in the final minute of the NFC Championship Game to decide who
would represent the conference in the Super Bowl. Seattle cornerback Richard
Sherman had the last laugh, deflecting the throw to 49ers wide receiver Michael
Crabtree in the end zone, resulting in what turned out to be the game-clinching
interception by teammate Malcolm Smith.
Sherman and Crabtree had words after arguably the most
memorable play of the postseason, and the feud has continued and will likely grow
even larger in this fierce rivalry approaching the first regular-season meeting
of 2014 on Nov.27 at CenturyLink Field. The teams actually square off twice in
three weeks towards the end of the year, so there will definitely be plenty to
debate from now until then.
The defending AFC champion Denver Broncos (100.5) are the
No. 3 team in White's NFL
Power Ratings despite getting thumped 43-8 by the Seahawks in Super Bowl
XLVIII. The Broncos should be stronger this year with the return of left tackle
Ryan Clady, linebacker Von Miller and cornerback Chris Harris from injuries plus
the addition of defensive end DeMarcus Ware makes their defense even scarier.
One key injury to key keep an eye on though is LB Danny Travathan, who
fractured his knee earlier this week and is expected to miss 6-8 weeks (click here to check our latest NFL
Rounding out the Top 5 in DBA's NFL
Power Ratings are the Green Bay Packers (99) and New England Patriots (99),
who are currently tied at No. 4. The Packers will face a tough test in the NFL
regular-season opener at Seattle (-5.5,
O/U 45) on Sept. 4 (click here
for updated NFL odds). Green Bay returns to the site of the infamous game-winning
touchdown catch by Seahawks WR Golden Tate two years ago and will have the
opportunity for revenge with Tate now a member of the Detroit Lions. Meanwhile,
the Patriots remain the second-best team in the AFC behind Denver, as QB Tom
Brady and head coach Bill Belichick gun for an impressive 12th AFC East division
title in 14 seasons.
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