Here’s a look at my power rankings for Week 4.
(Previous Rank; Rank Change; Previous Result)
1. New England Patriots
(No. 4; Up 3; W, 41-14 vs. Mia)
Destroyed the Dolphins on Monday night and did it with special teams; cost the Dolphins’ special teams coordinator his job.
2. New Orleans Saints
(No. 3; Up 1; W, 16-14 vs. Car)
They really don’t look that great. They just barely survived a bad Panthers team.
3. Baltimore Ravens
(No. 5; Up 2; W, 17-14 vs. Pit)
Gritty performance by Joe Flacco in the big divisional victory.
4. Pittsburgh Steelers
(No. 1; Down 3; L, 17-14 vs. Bal)
Lost a tough one to Baltimore but finished with a 3-1 record without Ben Roethlisberger. Should flourish with him.
5. Green Bay Packers
(No. 6; Up 1; W, 28-26 vs. Det)
Got off to a big start against Detroit but then nearly gave the game away. Should have put them away.
6. New York Jets
(No. 7; Up 1; W, 38-14 vs. Buf)
Destroyed a hapless Bills team. A lot of analysts are saying they are the most complete team at this point, but I’m not jumping on that bandwagon just yet.
7. Indianapolis Colts
(No. 2; Down 5; L, 31-28 vs. Jac)
Could be mired in above-mediocrity for the rest of the season if they can’t beat teams like the Jaguars.
8. Houston Texans
(No. 8; No Change; W, 31-24 vs. Oak)
Arian Foster is ridiculous. He gives them a solid run game to go with an already great passing game.
9. Atlanta Falcons
(No. 9; No Change; W, 16-14 vs. SF)
What a heads up play by Roddy White to get the ball back and ultimately give his team the opportunity to win.
10. San Diego Chargers
(No. 15; Up 5; W, 41-10 vs. Ari)
Easily one of the most enigmatic teams in the league. Losing games they shouldn’t lose but then putting up 41 points the next week.
11. New York Giants
(No. 19; Up 8; W, 17-3 vs. Chi)
With their backs to the wall, they came out fighting for their lives and got it done. Overmatched a bad Bears offensive line.
12. Washington Redskins
(No. 20; Up 8; W, 17-12 vs. Phi)
Big homecoming victory for Donovan McNabb and a much-needed divisional victory for the Redskins.
13. Minnesota Vikings
(No. 13; No Change; Bye)
The bye week might have come too early in the season for Old Man Favre and the aging defense.
14. Cincinnati Bengals
(No. 10; Down 4; L, 23-20 vs. Cle)
They should be ranked dead last for losing to the Browns, but they’re still talented.
15. Tennessee Titans
(No. 11; Down 4; L, 26-20 vs. Ten)
The Titans’ normally solid pass defense allowed 341 yards passing to Kyle Orton. Chris Johnson continues to struggle as he gained just 53 yards.
16. Chicago Bears
(No. 12; Down 4; L, 17-3 vs. NYG)
They have probably the worst offensive line in the league and Cutler might not make it through the season. Have enough potential to fight for a wild card spot, but that window is open just a crack.
17. Dallas Cowboys
(No. 17; No Change; Bye)
Had an extra week to prepare for the Titans.
18. Kansas City Chiefs
(No. 18; No Change; Bye)
Whatever happened to the days when the last undefeated team would be the Indianapolis Colts or New England Patriots? Now, it’s the Chiefs? The ’72 Dolphins can probably start celebrating right now.
19. Miami Dolphins
(No. 14; Down 5; L, 41-14 vs. NE)
Awful home showing in prime time on national TV to their division rival.
20. Denver Broncos
(No. 23; Up 3; W, 26-20 vs. Ten)
Still can’t believe that Kyle Orton is the No. 1 quarterback in the league according to passing yards.
21. Philadelphia Eagles
(No. 16; Down 5; L, 17-12 vs. Was)
I wonder how bitter this loss tastes after losing Michael Vick to injury and losing to a quarterback they never should have let go.
22. Jacksonville Jaguars
(No. 25; Up 3; W, 31-28 vs. Jac)
Huge victory over division-rival Indianapolis ensures the Jaguars stay in a state of mediocrity at least for another week.
23. Arizona Cardinals
(No. 21; Down 2; L, 41-10 vs. Ari)
The Cardinals are just a bad team this year. Not much else can be said.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
(No. 24; No Change; Bye)
Had time to reflect on the good start to their season. They return to face the Bengals in Cincinnati.
25. St. Louis Rams
(No. 26; Up 1; W, 20-3 vs. Sea)
Hey, how about it? The Rams have doubled their win total from last year and Sam Bradford looks like a player.
26. Seattle Seahawks
(No. 22; Down 4; L, 20-3 vs. Stl)
Such a streaky team. They’re winning games they probably shouldn’t and losing games they need to be winning.
27. Cleveland Browns
(No. 31; Up 4; W, 23-20 vs. Cin)
Big victory over their cross-state rivals, but they sure aren’t going anywhere this year.
28. Oakland Raiders
(No. 27; Down 1; L, 31-24 vs. Hou)
I have yet to see when the Raiders are going to be this breakout team so many had predicted this year.
29. Carolina Panthers
(No. 28; Down 1; L, 16-14 vs. NO)
Still winless, the Panthers’ run game is lacking the flash it once had the past couple years.
30. San Francisco 49ers
(No. 29; Down 1; L, 16-14 vs. Atl)
Had an upset within their grasp but Nate Clements couldn’t keep the ball in his.
31. Detroit Lions
(No. 30; Down 1; L, 28-26 vs. GB)
Nearly came back to upset the Packers but still remain winless.
32. Buffalo Bills
(No. 32; No Change; L, 38-14 vs. NYJ)
Another game, another loss. Jacksonville, Detroit, and Cleveland still remain on their schedule.
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