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2017.10.03 19:42 NFLPowerRankers Official /r/NFL Week 4 Power Rankings
|1.||Chiefs||-||4-0||It all looked lost when Laurent Duvernay-Tardif went down and Alex Smith started running for his life. With good adjustments on the line, a healthy dosing of Kareem Hunt, successful G A M E M A N A G I N G, and a Butker clutch kick, the Chiefs were able to squeak by the Redskins on Monday night despite LDT's injury. With the Oline depth running super thin, Morse/Ehinger need to hurry back and fast for a brutal stretch of the schedule for the Chiefs.|
|2.||Falcons||-||3-1||Injuries, injuries and more injuries. The Falcons finally got caught out by a mixture of poor turnovers, losing WR1 + 2 before halftime, and a reinvigorated Bills team. Nobody is ever grateful for the early bye week, until the best receiver in the league gets injured. Also, somebody in New York needs firing after that review. Blurb courtesy of atlasxatlas|
|3.||Lions||+3||3-1||In 2016, the Lions amassed only 14 takeaways. They have 11 so far this year. Credit an improved DL and LB corps, (and maybe a little luck) for allowing this elite secondary, (you heard that right) to really shine. Ameer Abdullah was 6 yards away from breaking the Lions 56 game streak without a 100 yard rusher. It will happen.|
|4.||Packers||-||3-1||Broken records and broken bodies. The Packers finally took the lead in the all-time record between the Bears (95-94-6). Clay Matthews recorded his 75th sack, becoming the all-time sack leader for the team, while |
|5.||Broncos||+2||3-1||I get up, I get down.... Jon Anderson may have sang it back in 1972, but it remains timely for whatever RB faces the Broncos. Gordon, Elliot, McCoy, and now Lynch have all tried to best the "Ground Control" but none have been able to find any success. Entering their bye, the Broncos are a surprising 3-1 and have the best run defense in football. While the familiar demon of redzone miscues is creeping back, the steady play of CJ Anderson could do just enough for the Broncos to remain in the playoff picture.|
|6.||Steelers||+3||3-1||Usually, a Ravens-Steelers matchup is one that is both highly anticipated and as exciting as imagined. This was not the case on Sunday. The Ravens really, really, really miss Marshal Yanda. The Steelers were going right through the O-line and were in the Ravens' backfield as if they were in the huddle, getting the plays directly from Flacco himself. Obvious players like Stephon Tuitt did what they needed to do, but it was key plays from rising stars like DB Mike Hilton and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster that really punctuated the win.|
|7.||Eagles||+4||3-1||The Eagles made the best of their West Coast home field advantage, besting the Chargers with 242 yards in the air and 214 yards on the ground, including this beast mode run by LaGarrette Blount. What remains to be seen is whether a fourth 3-1 start in the past six years will actually translate into season-long success or become yet another playoff-missing implosion in the long October and November stretch.|
|8.||Patriots||-6||2-2||Tom Brady has led the offense to a whopping 129 points scored through four games. Unfortunately, that's only one more than they've allowed. Each QB the Patriots have faced threw for more yards against them than any other opponent so far. Their defense will have to be much, much better than this moving forward if this season is going to live up to expectations. Blurb courtesy of douglasmacarthur|
|9.||Bills||+10||3-1||Four weeks into the season and a combination of elite defensive play and the superhuman abilities of Steven Hauschka has Buffalo standing alone atop the AFC East. McDermott has performed a miracle in transitioning the Bills' defense from a dysfunctional unit under Rex to an elite one. Buffalo's style has been far from flashy, but the Bills are playing smart and finding ways to piece together wins against top-tier teams. However, the loss of Jordan Matthews to a thumb injury does loom large as it looks to exacerbate the issues of the Bills' already underwhelming offense.|
|10.||Panthers||+6||3-1||Coming off a bruising loss the week before, the Panthers needed a salve to their offensive struggles, which promptly appeared in the form of a woeful New England defense and a breakout performance from Devin Funchess. The defense still presents concerns in closing out victories late in games and the offense has to indicate continual progress against upper-tier defenses, both of which will be required against their fellow cat brethren, the Detroit Lions.|
|11.||Rams||+9||3-1||Once again, the offense was led by a stellar offensive performance from Jared Goff and Todd Gurley. With the Rams now notching a victory over a team that has been nearly a consensus top 10 throught the first quarter of the season, the excuses to not consider them a contender are finally running dry.|
|12.||Cowboys||-4||2-2||This past offseason, the Cowboys ranked second highest in the league for roster turnover. The inexperience is clearly visible on the defensive side of the ball, despite a breakout year from the NFL sack leader DeMarcus Lawrence. The offensive line, which was undeniably the strength of the team last year, has struggled to live up to their reputation. That, in turn, exposed the weaknesses on the opposite side of the ball. and in turn, exposed the weaknesses on the opposite side of the ball.|
|13.||Seahawks||+1||2-2||Acting like the first half never happened, the Seahawks were phenomenal in the second half as the defense looked scary and Wilson was unstoppable. Unfortunately, a host of injuries struck, so Seattle will now be without some star power moving forward. They're off to LA to face the |
|14.||Raiders||-9||2-2||If you said two weeks ago that the Raiders would lose two straight, most fans would have placed blame on the defense. Well, the defense has not been playing half bad and no one saw these offensive struggles coming. The positive to take away is that the team was one instance of Jared Cook getting alligator arms from making it a two-point game in a hostile environment. Even with that, EJ Manuel had a drive for a chance to win. And as always Khalil Mack balled out. He is borderline unstoppable at this point.|
|15.||Redskins||-2||2-2||No moral victories for pushing KC to the brink in Arrowhead. The Redskins, despite a severely depleted defense had the game in hand but could not do what great teams do and find a way to win. While Josh Doctson and Terrell Pryor have shown flashes of brilliance they have proven largely unreliable in big spots and are costing the team victories. The drops are inexcusable.|
|16.||Texans||+5||2-2||While it was small group, it's time to end the FIRE BOB Club. In Week 1, the offense was built for Savage, and TNF in Week 2 meant there was no time to re-build it for Watson. But in Weeks 3 & 4, it's been nothing short of explosive. Rumors of Watson's arm strength have been greatly exaggerated.|
|17.||Buccaneers||-2||2-1||The Buccaneers beat a desperate New York team without three important defensive starters: Lavonte David, Kwon Alexander, and T.J. Ward. They did it on a day where their kicker was erratic and left seven points out there (the offense left four more when it couldn’t punch in from inside the 1 yard line). Winning without your best game is the difference between bad teams and good teams. A lot remains to be seen, but the Bucs are on their way.|
|18.||Vikings||-6||2-2||For sale: Cook jersey, never worn.|
|19.||Titans||-9||2-2||The Titans extended their losing streak in Houston to 6 games on Sunday. A flat effort by the Titans was only spiked by 2 rushing TDs by from Mariota who injured his hamstring and had to make us the fans watch Matt Cassel play. The Titans allowed Deshaun Watson to tie an NFL record for rookie touchdowns in a game (5), lost the first down battle 33-9, and allowed a QB to throw for over 250 yards for the third time this year (Blake Bortles threw for 223 in week 2). Once again, the Titans find themselves wondering about the health of their QB and the weakness in the secondary.|
|20.||Saints||+2||2-2||The Saints are now 2-2, but it is difficult to answer whether they are a good team which lost to better teams, or a bad team which has beaten worse teams. The Panthers' victory over the Patriots further muddies the waters. Quietly, the Saints are racking up a nice turnover differential - they have not commited a single turnover in 4 games, while the defense picked off Jay Cutler this week to take their tally to 4 INTs and 1 fumble recovery on the year.|
|21.||Jaguars||-4||2-2||The Jaguars proved this Sunday that while they may be on the way, they aren't a good team. Despite failures in all three phases, the Jaguars found themselves with opportunities to win the game, but fell short each time. They'll be looking to correct the plethora of mistakes as they travel to play the Steelers.|
|22.||Cardinals||+1||2-2||You won't find many wins look as difficult as the Cardinals made theirs against the 49ers. It felt like the offensive line was dragging the team down kicking and screaming (holding quite often too) as Palmer took a beating.But after never leading the game for 69 minutes, Larry Fitzgerald pulled out another thrilling overtime play to win it. Unfortunately the team was given bad news Monday as it was confirmed that pass rusher Markus Golden will be out for the year with a torn ACL.|
|23.||Ravens||-5||2-2||Returning home from an embarrassing defeat, and in desperate need of a win against their rivals, the Ravens turned in another stinker. The defense was alright, but their linebackers were clearly overmatched by LeVeon Bell. The main problem was yet another awful game from their pass offense. With this many injuries piling up, contending for a playoff spot looks very unlikely.|
|24.||Jets||+6||2-2||It is time to limit Matt Forte's role in the offense and let Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire take over. They were Runnin' Down a Dream on Sunday as the Jags vaunted defense was Free Fallin' and gave up 256 yards on the ground. Despite early season predictions that the Jets would be Even the Losers in 2017, they said "Don't Do Me Like That" and proved that they Won't Back Down. Even if it means being stuck with the same record as the lowly Patriots amidst their Breakdown.|
|25.||Bengals||+3||1-3||The Bengals are still a flawed football team, but at least they are better than the Browns. They will try to keep their momentum going next week, but have to host the "all of a sudden stout defense" of the first place Buffalo Bills. The game will be the first real test for new Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor.|
|26.||Dolphins||-2||1-2||2. That's the total number of pass attempts over 20 yards by Jay Cutler Sunday. Whether this is due to Cutler's reads or Gase's play-calling is unknown, but either way, this is clearly garbage. With the first home game of the season coming next week, will Gase take out the trash, or will the offense stay in the dumpster?|
|27.||Bears||-2||1-3||Sadly, Jason Heyward was not available during this rain delay. Thursday's game was the Bears' 8th loss by 17+ points in the John Fox era (2nd this year). Glennon, who has 4 tds and 8 turnovers so far this season, will finally be replaced. The Bears have somehow amassed a 5 YPC average (good for third in the NFL) despite an almost nonexistant passing threat -- expect them to lean heavily on the run game to ease Trubisky in. If he can make the "stay honest" throws that Glennon couldn't, the Bears offense could go from "almost enough" to "just enough."|
|28.||Chargers||-1||0-4||It's getting real bad when even Eagles fans were telling what's left of Chargers fandom that they're being too pessimistic. That may have been a 2 point loss, but it felt like Los Angeles got blown out. On a day when StubHub seemingly played host to the most significant away crowd yet, the Chargers continued their maddening trend of "good plays, bad plays" all damn game.|
|29.||Giants||-3||0-4||Ben & Jerry have to be feeling their seats start to warm up after yet another bumbled performance against the Tampa Bay Injured Reserves. Even facing teams riddled with defensive injuries, the Giants still find a way to look mediocre on offense and defense for 3 quarters straight each week before Eli stops huffing glue long enough to put a couple scoring drives together. This week, the Giants return home to face a team that loves to lose in heartbreaking fashion almost as much as they do.|
|30.||Colts||-1||1-3||At this point, Chuck Pagano's ineptitude needs no questioning. A 3-36 second half in favor of Seattle underscores just how badly he's outmatched by a quality coach like Pete Carroll. In lieu of focusing on the (hopefully) soon to be axed coaching staff, one should pay attention to the Colts defense. Maligned for years by Ryan 'How exactly do you build a football team anyway' Grigson, new players like Malik Hooker inspire optimism going forward for next season.|
|31.||49ers||-||0-4||Carson Palmer threw a game-winning TD pass with 30 seconds remaining in overtime to complete a heartbreaking loss. However, the 49ers were able to stay with the birds for most of the game, as their ferocious pass rush hounded Carson Palmer. While the offense was predictably lethargic, it appears that the defense will be able to keep the team in games. This week, the 49ers travel to Indianapolis to meet the Colts in what promises to be another one that's painful to watch for everyone involved.|
|32.||Browns||-||0-4||We can handle losing. We can handle losing at home. We can handle losing to a division rival. We can even handle losing in a blowout. But all four of those things put together is absolutely unacceptable.|
2016.09.21 20:04 hyperviolator I just got an e-mail from Washington State about the Profanity Peak Wolf Culling going on.
By now, you are probably aware that Washington State University has discredited its own researcher’s account of how rancher Len McIrvin deliberately turned his cattle out on the Profanity Peak wolf pack’s den. Indeed, the timeline of events doesn’t support that account, either.
According the U.S. Forest Service (which leased him the land), Mr. McIrvin arrived on the allotment and released his cattle in the designed lowland area near the road access June 9. State wildlife biologists trapped and radio-collared two wolves from the pack the next day, but it would take at least at least a week for those signals to point to the location of the den – nearly than five miles away from the release site. By then, McIrvin’s cattle had begun to disburse and no doubt did approach the den.
But the fact remains that neither WDFW, McIrvin, nor the WSU researcher knew where the den site was until at least a week after the cattle had been released at the site specified by the USFS. So while the overlap of cattle and wolves was unfortunate, there is no reason to believe that it was intentional.
Many of the people who contacted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) about this issue suggested that the department should focus on conserving endangered wildlife, rather than protecting ranchers’ cattle. Conserving native species is indeed our first priority, but the department also has a legal obligation to respond to reports of property damage and public safety threats caused by wildlife. In fact, addressing these situations is essential to maintain and increase public acceptance of wolves, bears, cougars and other wildlife on the landscape.
Wolf management in Washington is guided by the state’s 2011 Wolf Conservation and Management Plan, which addresses issues ranging from regional wolf-recovery objectives to strategies for reducing wolf depredation on livestock. The wolf plan was developed by WDFW in conjunction with the department’s Wolf Advisory Group (WAG), a diverse citizen panel including conservationists, ranchers and hunters. The state plan was adopted after an extensive public process and review, including consideration of over 65,000 public comments.
Earlier this year, the department worked with WAG to develop a new management protocol that established specific criteria for using lethal measures to stop wolves from preying on livestock when other measures prove ineffective. The protocol lays out specific conditions that must be met for taking lethal action, including a requirement that ranchers use preventive measures to protect their livestock.
In this case, both ranchers involved in the conflict with the Profanity Peak pack took proactive measures prescribed by the protocol and WDFW field staff to prevent attacks on their cattle. Yet, by the first week of September, the department had documented eight confirmed and five probable wolf attacks on grazing allotments in the Colville National Forest.
While ranchers can apply for compensation for those losses, state payments do not address the additional cost of protecting livestock or the disruption to ranching operations resulting from repeated predation by wolves.
Some people who contacted the department maintained that ranchers shouldn’t be allowed to graze their livestock on federal rangelands in the first place. Changing that century-old policy is beyond the department’s authority, and would require action by the U.S. Congress. So long as Washington ranchers can legally graze their livestock on public lands, WDFW has a responsibility to manage wolves in the eastern portion of the state where they were delisted from the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2009.
Since then, the state’s wolf population has grown from five wolves to at least 90 today, increasing by approximately 30 percent per year. Most of that growth has been in the eastern section of the state, where 15 of Washington’s 19 wolf packs share the landscape with rural residents and ranching operations.
Unfortunately, WDFW’s options for relocating wolves to diffuse conflicts are limited, especially if a pack has a history of preying on domestic animals. Studies show that many relocated wolves return to their original range, or resume attacking livestock in their new location.
Capturing wolves and placing them in captive facilities is also problematic. For one thing, live-capturing wolves is extremely difficult, especially in the rugged terrain of the Profanity Peak pack’s range. In addition, experience has shown that many wolves do not adapt well to captivity.
For these reasons, Washington’s wolf management plan concludes that “lethal control of wolves may be necessary to resolve repeated wolf-livestock conflicts.”
We at WDFW understand that the public is divided on this issue, and that many people are upset by the idea of killing wolves to protect livestock. Yet, eight states with growing gray wolf populations – Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming – have found it necessary to use lethal measures as a last resort to manage wolf populations.
As gray wolves continue to reestablish themselves in our state, some conflicts with humans, livestock and other wildlife species are inevitable. WDFW is committed to the recovery of wolves, but recognizes that maintaining the support of people who live and work near this apex predator is essential to achieving that goal. Without their support, wolves will face a far less certain future in our state.
For more information about wolf management in Washington state, please see the WDFW website.
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