NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

NFL Power Rankings: Week 4
September 24, 2013, 10:00 am
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Week 3 has come and gone. Here are our NFL power rankings heading into the Week 4 season.

Rank Team Record  

1.

LW: 1

 (3-0) A layup victory at home to a woeful Jacksonville team. Russell Wilson (four passing TDs in 2.5 quarters) is 10-0 at home in his career.

2.

LW: 2

 (3-0) Peyton’s pace: Through three games, Manning has thrown an NFL-Record 12 TDs. I’ll maintain my stance all year long – he’ll break his career-best of 49 this season.

3.

LW: 7

 (3-0) For all the attention Drew Brees and the offense receive (rightfully so), Rob Ryan’s defense has allowed only four TDs in the first three weeks.

4.

LW: 9

 (3-0) Ryan Tannehill has outdueled Andrew Luck and Matt Ryan in two consecutive weeks. Both were come-from-behind wins. Up Next: Drew Brees.

5.

LW: 8

 (3-0) Patriots are placed here because their victory over a lifeless Bucs team was far less impressive than Miami’s in Week 3.

6.

LW: 6

 (3-0) For all the talk about the revamped offense, the defense continues to make pivotal plays when it matters most.

7.

LW: 10

 (3-0) Alex Smith is the perfect QB to run Andy Reid’s system. Four of their next five are at Arrowhead.

8.

LW: 14

 (2-1) A dominant performance over the Rams helps justify why many people believed before the season the Cowboys are the class of the NFC East.

9.

LW: 13

 (2-1) After being torched by Peyton Manning in Week 1, the Ravens haven’t missed a beat without Ray Lewis and Ed Reed (15 points allowed in last two games).

10.

LW: 12

 (2-1) Despite turning the ball over four times, the Bengals were able to outlast Green Bay thanks to a menacing defensive performance.

11.

LW: 15

 (2-1) Pretty good week for the Colts – trading for a running back of the future, then thrashing the 49ers in San Francisco.

12.

LW: 5

 (2-1) Once again, the Texans fell behind in the first half. This time, however, they were outplayed during the final 30 minutes.

13.

LW: 21

 (2-1) Who needs a run game when you have Megatron?  Division lead on the line when Chicago visits Sunday.

14.

LW: 20

 (2-1) Titans got their first win over San Diego since 1992, the same year Miley Cyrus was born. No word yet on any twerking celebrations following Sunday’s win.

15.

LW: 23

 (2-1) Rookie QB Geno Smith completely outplayed 15th overall pick EJ Manuel in the Meadowlands.

16.

LW: 3

 (1-2) Few saw a shellacking coming from the Colts Sunday. Now the team has a short week to regroup, and are without Aldon Smith for the foreseeable future.

17.

LW: 11

 (1-2) The Falcons’ defense must execute better in the fourth quarter if this team is going to contend for a postseason birth.

18.

LW: 4

 (1-2) Injuries forced the Packers to play their third-string running back for long stretches. A costly fumble from Johnathan Franklin cost them in Cincinnati.

19.

LW: 29

 (1-2) When you whip a team 38-0, a big jump in the rankings is deserved. Cam Newton answered his critics against the Giants.

20.

LW: 16

 (1-2) The head-turning win on Monday night over the Redskins feels like months ago. Michael Vick will not play a full season if he continues to get hit in abundance.

21.

LW: 18

 (1-2) Both their losses have come in the waning moments. Good teams find ways to win close games.

22.

LW: 22

 (1-2) E.J. Manuel is going to have highs and lows in his rookie season. Week 3’s loss to the Jets can be placed in the latter.

23.

LW: 31

 (1-2) Jordan Cameron (three TDs vs. Minnesota) is a weapon. Hopefully Cleveland’s front office doesn’t trade him before season’s end.

24.

LW: 17

 (1-2) Who knew the absence of Daryl Richardson would cripple their offense?

25.

LW: 19

 (1-2) Both sides of the ball looked inept against the Saints. The bright side? Winnable games in the next two weeks. (@ TB, vs. CAR)

26.

LW: 24

 (1-2) Terrelle Pryor is the only reason Oakland is relevant at this point in time.

27.

LW: 30

 (0-3) Robert Griffin III has improved his play, but the defense has been horrid throughout the first three weeks of the season.

28.

LW: 27

 (0-3) Poor Adrian Peterson. All he does is produce, and all his team does is find ways to lose games.

29.

LW: 28

 (0-3) The countdown to Josh Freeman’s benching and exit from Tampa Bay has begun.

30.

LW: 26

 (0-3) The Steelers are off to their worst start in 13 years. The offensive line can’t protect Big Ben or open up holes for their running backs.

31.

LW: 25

 (0-3) What looked like a good matchup for the Giants turned into a laugher in Charlotte. Tom Coughlin’s seat went from balmy to boiling.

32.

LW: 32

 (0-3) There’s a guy named Teddy Bridgewater who plays college ball at Louisville. Word is he’s pretty good.
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