Compared to the last two weeks, there was a little less movement in this week’s Power Rankings. That’s not to say there weren’t surprises in Week 4 though. The Philadelphia Eagles earned their first win of the season over the defending (but depleted) NFC champions on Sunday Night Football. The New England Patriots kept Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs at bay in the first half of a game rescheduled to Monday night. But I suppose the Chiefs pulling away in the second half should come as no surprise.
Perhaps the most shocking performance of all was Baker Mayfield and the Cleveland Browns hanging an NFL season-high 49 points on the Dallas Cowboys.
In the field of disappointing results, the Arizona Cardinals suffered their second straight loss after a promising 2-0 start. What’s even worse is their competition (the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers) should have been beatable. The Las Vegas Raiders also soured a 2-0 start into a 2-2- record, as they fell to the now 4-0 Buffalo Bills. The Los Angeles Chargers dropped to 1-3 despite a solid effort from rookie Justin Herbert.
Post-Week 4 Power Rankings
- Kansas City Chiefs (4-0) [Last Week: 1]
- Two straight weeks at the top: In all reality, the Kansas City Chiefs have been the best team all season. I did award the Baltimore Ravens a brief stay at the top in my Post-Week 2 Power Rankings, but you can easily make the case that Kansas City has been the team to beat dating back to their Super Bowl victory.
- Green Bay Packers (4-0) [Last Week: 3]
- I wasn’t high on the Green Bay Packers coming in to this season, predicting an 8-8 record and no postseason. But with Aaron Rodgers playing lights out, there’s no reason the Packers can’t match last year’s 13-3 record
- Seattle Seahawks (4-0) [Last Week: 2]
- Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks offense has been dominant. They do slide a spot, however, for their defense allowing teams like the Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins to hang with them.
- Baltimore Ravens (3-1) [Last Week: 4]
- Buffalo Bills (4-0) [Last Week: 5]
- Tennessee Titans (3-0) [Last Week: 6]
- New Orleans Saints (2-2) [Last Week: 9]
- It’s not too inspiring that the New Orleans Saints’ defense allowed 29 points to the Detroit Lions, but the Saints are back in the win column for the first time since Week 1.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-1) [Last Week: 10]
- Things are starting to click in Tampa Bay with Tom Brady running the Buccaneers offense. Tampa Bay was won three straight, and the Buccaneers are scoring 30 points per game this season.
- New England Patriots (2-2) [Last Week: 8]
- San Francisco 49ers (2-2) [Last Week: 7]
- Los Angeles Rams (3-1) [Last Week: 11]
- Indianapolis Colts (3-1) [Last Week: 16]
- Philip Rivers and the Indianapolis Colts continue to climb with their third straight win, this one over a previously undefeated Chicago Bears team.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0) [Last Week: 14]
- Worst undefeated team: I’m still not sold on the Pittsburgh Steelers, and they didn’t get a chance to prove themselves against the 3-0 Tennessee Titans in Week 4. They’ve beaten the New York Giants (0-4,) Denver Broncos (1-3,) and Houston Texans (0-4.) I still need to see more, despite Ben Roethlisberger’s passing success.
- Las Vegas Raiders (2-2) [Last Week: 12]
- Chicago Bears (3-1) [Last Week: 15]
- Arizona Cardinals (2-2) [Last Week: 13]
- Trending Downwards: Kyler Murray and the Arizona Cardinals looked like the next big thing after a 2-0 start to the season. But two weeks later, they’re 2-2, with disappointing losses to the Detroit Lions and Carolina Panthers.
- Los Angeles Chargers (1-3) [Last Week: 18]
- Moving up despite a loss: Despite a third straight loss, the Los Angeles Chargers somehow continue to climb in my rankings. It’s just a single spot, but the Chargers 38-31 loss to the the Tampa Bay Buccaneers proved once again they can play with any team (they took the Chiefs to overtime in Week 2.) Every Chargers game has been decided by a single score this season. Give me more Justin Herbert and give me some Chargers wins in the coming weeks.
- Cleveland Browns (3-1) [Last Week: 23]
- Biggest winner of Week 4: I wasn’t ready to crown the Cleveland Browns a good or even decent team after wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Football Team. But after an eye-popping 49-38 win over the Dallas Cowboys, something special seems to brewing with Baker Mayfield in Cleveland. They’re still the lowest team with a winning record on this list, but they’re trending upwards.
- Carolina Panthers (2-2) [Last Week: 22]
- Minnesota Vikings (1-3) [Last Week: 21]
- Dallas Cowboys (1-3) [Last Week: 17]
- Houston Texans (0-4) [Last Week: 19]
- Best winless team: Deshaun Watson and the Houston Texans suffered yet another loss, this time to the previously winless Minnesota Vikings. But with back-to-back losses by just a single score, Houston seems to be on the verge of breaking into the win column.
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- Miami Dolphins (1-3) [Last Week: 25]
- Moving up despite a loss: I was wrong to rank the Miami Dolphins so low to start the season. This is a gritty team, and they’ve given both the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks a run for their money. They’re worlds better than the New York Jets, so there’s at least two more wins right there.
- Detroit Lions (1-3) [Last Week: 24]
- Moving up despite a loss: The Detroit Lions beat the Arizona Cardinals last week, and nearly upset the New Orleans Saints this week. Promising results bumps them up a spot.
- Philadelphia Eagles (1-2-1) [Last Week: 27]
- Atlanta Falcons (0-4) [Last Week: 20]
- Biggest loser of Week 4: I kept the Atlanta Falcons relatively high for a winless team due to their high-flying offense. But Green Bay’s defense shut them down on Monday Night Football, with the Packers prevailing 30-16.
- Denver Broncos (1-3) [Last Week: 29]
- Cincinnati Bengals (1-2-1) [Last Week: 28]
- Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) [Last Week: 26]
- Washington Football Team (1-3) [Last Week: 30]
- New York Giants (0-4) [Last Week: 31]
- New York Jets (0-4) [Last Week: 32]
- Two straight weeks at the bottom: While Sam Darnold and the New York Jets made it interesting in the second half against the Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football, it wasn’t enough to nudge New York out of the last spot in this week’s Power Rankings.
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