NFL Power Rankings: Week 4
Every week we’ll keep you up to date with our very own NFL Power Rankings. Which teams appear ready for a playoff run? Which teams are sinking to the bottom of the barrel? We’ve got your answers right here.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
Last Week: 1 (tied)
The Chiefs flexed their muscles Monday Night in a beat down of the Baltimore Ravens. Mahomes played one of his best games ever, scoring four first-half touchdowns, but it's the defense that makes this team really scary. They turned Lamar Jackson into a mere mortal.
Update...— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) September 29, 2020
Patrick Mahomes career numbers in September:
And he’s never lost ...@gmfb
2. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
Last Week: 1 (tied)
The Ravens laid an egg on Monday against the defending Super Bowl champions, but all is not lost for Baltimore. However, with only one bye up for grabs in the AFC, the Ravens' loss could have huge playoff implications even though we're still in September.
3. Seattle Seahawks (3-0)
Last Week: 3
Russell Wilson has been simply incredible through three weeks of the NFL season, and he's needed to be. Seattle's defense is giving up points in bunches, but Wilson keeps cooking and refuses to let the 'Hawks hot streak simmer.
Seahawks are allowing 430 yards passing per game so far. In 2013 they allowed 172 per game.— Bob Condotta (@bcondotta) September 28, 2020
4. Green Bay Packers (3-0)
Last Week: 4
While everyone is (rightfully) talking about Mahomes and Wilson, don't forget about Aaron Rodgers' resurgence. The Packers passer has arguably been the best QB in the league, and he dominated without his No. 1 receiver, Davante Adams, in a big win over the Saints.
5. Buffalo Bills (3-0)
Last Week: 6
The Bills nearly blew a 28-3 lead to the Rams on Sunday, but Josh Allen couldn't be stopped. The Bills quarterback has always been known for his strong arm, but it's his improved touch and accuracy that have helped him make the leap into a superstar-level signal-caller. The defense, however, is a problem.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-0)
Last Week: 5
While the Steelers' offense is still working to get its groove back, the once-elite defense is starting to sprout some cracks in the foundation. Pittsburgh has the best pass rush in the league, but the linebackers and secondary have struggled early in the season. It's unclear if Big Ben has the arm to make this team a Super Bowl contender if the defense isn't playing well.
7. Tennessee Titans (3-0)
Last Week: 7
The Titans might be a little overrated, as they've won their three games against teams with a combined one win. And with reportedly eight positive COVID-19 tests on the team, Tennessee could stay 3-0 after Week 4.
8. New England Patriots (2-1)
Last Week: 11
Even in his worst game as a Patriot, Cam Newton led New England to a 16-point win over the previously undefeated Raiders. The Pats played stellar defense while running the ball down Las Vegas' throat. It was an old-school win for a Patriots team that could be dangerous as the season rages on.
9. Los Angeles Rams (2-1)
Last Week: 8
Despite losing to the Bills, the Rams can't feel too bad. Aaron Donald has somehow taken his game to another level, as he hijacked the Bills' potential blowout and helped bring Los Angeles back. Plus, Jared Goff has rebounded from a down season. The Rams have plenty to be encouraged about.
10. Las Vegas Raiders (2-1)
Last Week: 10
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
Last Week: 12
Mike "Jordan Howard" Evans had one of the truly great stat lines in the Bucs' 28-10 win over the Broncos on Sunday. Evans finished the game with two catches for two yards and a pair of touchdowns. Tampa Bay's offense is still working out the wrinkles, the defense has looked exceptional — especially in the secondary.
I don’t think this is a hot take, but Tampa Bay has the best defense through three weeks in the NFL, from what I’ve seen anyway.— KP (@KP_Show) September 28, 2020
Their DL wins a ton, the LBs are fast and smart, and the young secondary is aggressive. Giving Bowles a player like Winfield should be outlawed.
12. Indianapolis Colts (2-1)
Last Week: 15
13 Arizona Cardinals (2-1)
Last Week: 9
In easily Kyler Murray's worst outing of the year, the diminutive passer tossed a season-high three interceptions to a lackluster Lions defense. The Cardinals desperately need a second receiver to emerge opposite DeAndre Hopkins to get this passing game to the next level.
14. San Francisco 49ers (2-1)
Last Week: 16
The 49ers might be decimated by injuries, but at least they got to play the two worst teams in the NFL — the Jets and Giants — in back-to-back weeks. Despite missing multiple starters, the Niners didn't punt a single time and didn't allow the Giants in the red zone. Kyle Shanahan is unbelievable.
49ers offense missing its top QB, RB, TE, WR, C has gone over 30 points in two straight games.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) September 27, 2020
15. Cleveland Browns (2-1)
Last Week: 20
The Browns are the perfect squad to beat up on bad teams. They have arguably the best offensive line in the NFL this year, and two top-ten running backs, which makes Baker Mayfield's life a lot easier. The Browns' defense might not be great, but they are efficient so far, ranking eighth-best in the NFL, per DVOA.
16. New Orleans Saints (1-2)
Last Week: 14
The Saints can't rely on Alvin Kamara's brilliance every week. Brees looks like a shell of himself, as he's only capable of hitting his running backs on check downs. Will things change when Michael Thomas is back from a high-ankle sprain? Or is it Jameis Winston's time in New Orleans?
Drew Brees sees Emmanuel Sanders run more than 10 yards downfield pic.twitter.com/3TfQmVB0Fw— PFF (@PFF) September 28, 2020
17. Dallas Cowboys (1-2)
Last Week: 13
The Cowboys have one of the most talented offenses in the league, but it's hard to show that off when the offensive line has been obliterated. On the bright side, the 1-2 Cowboys are tied for first place in the NFC East, and Aldon Smith looks like the steal of the offseason.
The NFL sacks leader after three weeks is a player who before this season didn't play a down of football since 2015.#Cowboys DE Aldon Smith leads the league with 4 sacks.— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) September 29, 2020
One of the best stories so far in this young season. pic.twitter.com/Z058zdoROj
18. Chicago Bears (3-0)
Last Week: 18
Are the Bears the worst 3-0 team in NFL history? It's quite possible. Not many teams would bench their starting quarterback after starting the season with two straight wins.
The Bears have been outscored by 19 points in all games through 3 quarters in 2020, the worst points differential of any 3-0 team ever.— Football Perspective (@fbgchase) September 27, 2020
The previous mark was shared by the '15 Falcons and '96 Vikings, who were outscored by 10 points each through 3Q. They finished 5-8 and 6-7.
19. Los Angeles Chargers (1-2)
Last Week: 17
Justin Herbert looked, well, like a rookie in his second career start. The Panthers have one of the worst defenses in the league, but the Chargers failed to convert when they had the chance, kicking five field goals and turning the ball over three times. And despite all of that, they still had a chance to win if they could've converted the miraculous hook-and-ladder play. Alas, they aren't Boise State.
20. Detroit Lions (1-2)
Last Week: 29
The Lions pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the season in their last-second victory over the undefeated Cardinals. The defense played much better, picking off Murray three times. And the offense had more firepower with the return of No. 1 receiver Kenny Golladay. It's a little alarming that rookie D'Andre Swift is buried on the depth chart, though.
DET used the 43rd overall pick on Kerryon Johnson. And the 35th overall pick on D'Andre Swift. They're both healthy. Touches yesterday:— Adam Levitan (@adamlevitan) September 28, 2020
* Adrian Peterson 23
* Kerryon Johnson 4
* D'Andre Swift 1
21. Miami Dolphins (1-2)
Last Week: 31
22. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)
Last Week: 19
Gardner Minshew and the Jaguars sure missed D.J. Chark on Thursday. Jacksonville put up a measly 13 points against the least-efficient defense in the NFL, according to DVOA. The Jags have to be encouraged by undrafted phenom James Robinson, who looks great at running back.
23. Carolina Panthers (1-2)
Last Week: 26
In coach Matt Rhule's first victory as an NFL head coach, the Panthers didn't miss Christian McCaffrey too much. After not recording a single sack in their first two games, the Panthers tallied two sacks against Herbert, along with three turnovers.
24. Houston Texans (0-3)
Last Week: 24
Speaking of turnovers, the Texans haven't forced a single one all season. We get it: the Texans played against the murderers' row of the AFC in the Chiefs, Ravens and Steelers to start the season, but that's never a good sign. Maybe that's why Houston is reportedly interested in signing Earl Thomas.
25. Cincinnati Bengals (0-2-1)
Last Week: 22
There's an alternate timeline where Joe Burrow and the Bengals are undefeated, but sadly we live in the Darkest Timeline so Cincy is winless to start the campaign. It's not all bad, though. Burrow looks the part of a franchise quarterback. The Bengals need to feature Joe Mixon on offense more.
Joe Burrow being evaluated after this hit pic.twitter.com/ZulZCj614w— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) September 27, 2020
26. Washington Football Team (1-2)
Last Week: 26
Is it time to start worrying about Dwayne Haskins Jr.? The sophomore passer tossed three interceptions against the Browns in the team's loss on Sunday. Washington also lost Chase Young and Matt Ioannidis, two of the Football Teams' best defenders.
27. Philadelphia Eagles (0-2-1)
Last Week: 23
28. Minnesota Vikings (0-3)
Last Week: 27
The Vikings look like one of the worst teams in the league, but they had some silver linings Sunday. Mainly, that Justin Jefferson looks like the heir apparent to Stefon Diggs in Minnesota. The rookie out of LSU exploded onto the scene with 175 yards receiving and a touchdown. That should open up the Vikings offense in the future. Now if only they could fix the defense.
29. Atlanta Falcons (0-3)
Last Week: 25
Maybe the Falcons should stop taking the lead on teams, then they'll never have to choke it away. There is some good news for Falcons fans, though. If the season ended today, the Falcons would be in line to have the No. 1 pick. Doesn't that make you feel better?
The Atlanta Falcons had a 99.3% win probability with 6:24 left in the game before the Chicago Bears stormed back under Nick Foles.— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) September 27, 2020
The last time the Falcons blew a 99%+ win probability in the 4th quarter was all the way back to last week against the Cowboys.
Just insane. pic.twitter.com/63FVuFleOJ
30. Denver Broncos (0-3)
Last Week: 28
Along with the 49ers, no team has been hit by the injury bug more than the Broncos. And it's getting ugly in Denver with Drew Lock out, as the Broncos are deciding between Jeff Driskel and Brett Rypien to start Thursday against the Jets. We all know there's only one man who can save this team, though.
UPDATE: NFL Network reported Tuesday that Rypien will start for the Broncos on Thursday Night Football.
31. New York Giants (0-3)
Last Week: 30
The Giants were absolutely embarrassed by the 49ers' junior varsity squad. The only thing that worked on offense for the Giants on Sunday was Danny Dimes' legs as he scrambled for 49 yards.
32. New York Jets (0-3)
Last Week: 32
Can you believe Adam Gase still has a job? After another embarrassing loss, the Jets will take on the winless Broncos in the most pathetic game of the young season. And if the Jets lose, it could be time for Gase to hit the road.
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