- Kody Bair
NFL Power Rankings - Week 4
1. Los Angeles Rams (3-0)
Last Week: 2
You know what they say: To be the best, you have to beat the best. That's what Los Angeles did this week. We knew that the Rams defense was elite and their offense showed bright spots. After this week, we can say that the Rams offense is just as elite as the other side of the ball. LA put up 34 points against an intense Tampa Bay defense, led by Stafford’s 343 yards and 4 passing touchdowns.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
Last Week: 1
Despite the loss, the Buccaneers still take the 2 spot. Tom Brady did his thing with a receiving corps that kept losing pieces, such as Antonio Brown and Rob Gronkowski, as the week and game went on. They were careful with the ball-neither the Bucs or Rams had a turnover in this game. The biggest issue for Tampa was that Tom Brady was their leading rusher, with 14 yards.
3. Buffalo Bills (2-1)
Last Week: 5
After blowing their game against the Steelers in week one, the Bills have won their last two by a combined 57 points against the Dolphins and Football Team. Buffalo has forced six turnovers in those two games alone.
4. Cleveland Browns (2-1)
Last Week: 4
Myles Garrett is a force to be reckoned with. We already knew that, but Sunday was just another chance for him to prove it. Garrett obliterated the Bears offensive line, sacking Justin Fields a total of 4.5 times. Odell Beckham Jr. also rejoined the team, and quickly became the games leading receiver with 5 catches for 77 yards.
5. Kansas City Chiefs (1-2)
Last Week: 3
The Chiefs are dangerously close to being 0-3 going into week four. That being said, it’s not time to hit the panic button in Kansas City just yet. They still have a top 5 team in talent, they just have to play a full football game. The Chiefs keep having games where they play two great quarters and then sleepwalk through the other two. I expect them to pick up a big win in Philly and get back on track.
6. Green Bay Packers (2-1)
Last Week: 8
The Packers offense once again proved who they are. The Packers won behind the three-headed dragon of Rodgers, Jones, and Adams once again. They proved that 37 seconds with no timeouts is too much time to leave Aaron Rodgers, as he moved the team down to the 34 yard-line to set Mason Crosby up with the game-winning field goal.
7. Arizona Cardinals (3-0)
Last Week: 6
The scoreboard might not show it, but the Cardinals were pushed to the limit by a very bad Jaguars team. If not for the inevitable multitude of turnovers from Jacksonville, Arizona could have even lost this game. But, of course, we must give the Cardinals defense some credit for those four forced turnovers; and AJ Green played spectacular: putting up 5 catches for 112 yards; so the Cardinals don’t slip too far.
8. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
Last Week: 7
The case for Justin Tucker being the kicking goat continues. The Ravens marched down the field in the final seconds, including converting on a 4th and 19, so Justin Tucker could attempt an NFL record 66-yard field goal to win the game. He made it. I hate to rain on the parade, but having to put up a game winning field goal against the Lions isn’t too impressive for a top-10 team.
9. Dallas Cowboys (2-1)
Last Week: 11
Another week, another phenomenal performance from Dak Prescott. Dak threw 21 completions on 26 attempts for 238 yards and 3 touchdowns. Ezekiel Elliott also showed out on Monday night football, with 95 yards and a touchdown. If Zeke can get back on track this season, the Cowboys aren't a team that I would want to have to face.
10. Los Angeles Chargers (2-1)
Last Week: 15
Justin Herbert just continues to do his thing. Herbert threw 26/38 for 281 yards and four passing touchdowns. He had help from Mike Williams-who continues to ball out early in the season-as Williams caught the ball 7 times for 122 yards and a pair of trips to the endzone. The Chargers defense also forced four turnovers against an elite Chiefs offense.
11. Tennessee Titans (2-1)
Last Week: 12
As I said last week, the Titans will only be as good as Derrick Henry plays; so it’s a good thing Henry has been unstoppable the last couple weeks. He ran for 113 yards and made it look easy. Ryan Tannehill threw 3 touchdowns and Tennessee picked up another win.
12. San Francisco 49ers (2-1)
Last Week: 9
The 49ers might be in trouble without Raheem Mostert. Trey Sermon ran for 31 yards on a very small 10 touches. Without Mostert, the niners relied on Jimmy Garappolo, who struggled. Garoppolo threw 25/40 and turned the ball over twice. San Francisco has to hope Jimmy G can pick it up so they don't get stuck in a “should we put in our rookie QB?” situation.
13. Las Vegas Raiders (3-0) Last Week: 13
The Raiders grabbed another win but it wasn’t close to pretty. The best part of their offense was Peyton Barber, who carried for 111 yards and a touchdown. The Raiders let a Jacoby Brissett led team, who was shutout 35-0 the week prior, take them into overtime.
14. Carolina Panthers (3-0)
Last Week: 14
The Panthers defense continued to play well, but it was against a Davis Mills led Texans team so it wasn’t anything too special. Sam Darnold keeps doing what he needs to do to win, which is good enough in my book. But the worry is CMC going down, and how well Chuba Hubbard will do filling in that spot. We’ll get our first look next week in Dallas.
15. Seattle Seahawks (1-2)
Last Week: 10
The Seahawks sink to the last spot in the West with yet another disappointing loss. The Seahawks offense looked lackadaisical and their defense looked straight bad. After a 30-17 loss, Seattle hopes to bounce back next week with an in division win against a tough 49ers team.
16. New Orleans Saints (2-1)
Last Week: 17
The Saints are back to winning football with a 28-13 victory in New England. Alvin Kamara got back on track with 89 yards and Jameis Winston did what needed to be done to win with only 128 yards but a pair of touchdowns. The defense also looked good, forcing 3 INTs, one being a picsix, and holding the Pats to one touchdown.
17. Denver Broncos (3-0)
Last Week: 22
The Broncos stay undefeated with a 26-0 shutout against the Jets. Teddy Bridgewater was efficient while both Melvin Gordon and Javonte Williams rushed for a touchdown. The Broncos are undefeated, but their three opponents thus far have a combined record of 0-9. We’ll see just how good Denver is next week, when they host the Ravens.
18. Cincinnati Bengals (2-1)
Last Week: 25
Joe Burrow went back to proving how dangerous he can be. Burrow threw 14/18 with 3 touchdowns in a very efficient game. Ja’Marr Chase also found the endzone twice, now scoring a touchdown in all three of his games this far. Joe Mixon also looked good, running for 90 yards in the 24-10 win in Pittsburgh.
19. Minnesota Vikings (1-2)
Last Week: 26
Minnesota picks up a huge first win this year at home. Kirk Cousins went 30/38 with 323 yards and 3 touchdowns, as he quietly puts together a fantastic start to the season. Alexander Mattinson also put up 112 yards in the absence of Dalvin Cook, as the Vikings won 30-17 over the Seahawks.
20. Indianapolis Colts (0-3)
Last Week: 19
The Colts fought hard against Tennessee this week but it was all for not as they still left with a 9-point loss. Carson Wentz was inefficient and Johnathan Taylor continues to disappoint fantasy players. As of now, there doesn't seem to be a whole lot to look forward to for Indy.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2)
Last Week: 16
Nothing about the Steelers looked good this week. Big Ben threw 2 interceptions, which is going to happen when you make him throw the ball 58 times in a game. Najee Harris continues to be mediocre in the run game with 40 yards, and had to lead the team in receiving.
22. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2)
Last Week: 18
Jalen Hurts didn’t look great, throwing a pair of interceptions, but I think giving up on him would be foolish. Hurts continues to show his potential even in losses. On paper, this game should have been much closer, but mistakes caused Philly to lose by 20.
23. Miami Dolphins (1-2) Last Week: 23
The Dolphins didn’t look too bad without Tua, losing 31-28 in LV in overtime. That being said, Tua isn’t going to be able to fix all of the problems that the Dolphins have. The defense must improve and when Tagovailoa returns, the Miami offense must find their identity.
24. New England Patriots (1-2)
Last Week: 21
New England should have kept Cam. Mac Jones got a lot of action on Sunday-throwing 51 times-and threw three interceptions. Mac, of course, isn’t a bad quarterback, but he isn’t going to be able to win games with minimal help the way Cam Newton would have.
25. Washington Football Team (1-2)
Last Week: 20
Yikes. The Football Team was absolutely trounced this week in Buffalo. They turned the ball over 3 times and gave up 43 points to the Bills. Some of the Taylor Heinicke magic has faded as he threw just as many interceptions as he did touchdowns. Antonio Gibson only ran for 31 yards on 12 carries. The Football Team’s defense has continued to disappoint this year, giving up 481 total yards to the Bills.
26. Atlanta Falcons (1-2)
Last Week: 30
The Falcons finally pick up their first win of the season, but it came against the abysmal New York Giants. Matt Ryan played well, throwing 27/36 for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns, but the Falcons must do more to beat bigger teams.
27. Detroit Lions (0-3)
Last Week: 29
Detroit lost in the most Lions way to lose possible. They had the game won, but let the Ravens convert on a 4th and 19, and Justin Tucker drilled a 66-yard field goal. Jared Goff continues to act as a game manager as D’Andre Swift and Jamaal WIlliams played well. The Lions may be the best team to not have won a game yet, but they won’t be much of a threat for many of the higher teams on this list.
28. Chicago Bears (1-2)
Last Week: 24
Matt Nagy has got to go. The Bears were absolutely embarrassed in Cleveland on Sunday. They lost 26-6 and Justin Fields was sacked 9 times. The Bears had 1 total positive yard in the game. Nagy had months to put together an adequate gameplant for Justin Fields, and this is what they got.
29. New York Giants (0-3)
Last Week: 27
The Giants offense continues to play slow. Daniel Jones dropped the ball twice. The offense can’t seem to really get the running game going, even with Saquon Barkley in the backfield. Looking at the rest of their schedule, it’s hard to find a predictable win for the Giants.
30. Houston Texans (1-2)
Last Week: 28
As expected, the Texans aren’t good without Tyrod Taylor. He was the one bright spot in Houston and now with him gone, the Texans will probably lose some games by a large margin. Mark Ingram only put up 21 rushing yards, and Phillip Lindsay wasn’t much help, running 7 times for 5 yards against Carolina.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-3)
Last Week: 31
The Jags moved up a spot, but that isn’t saying a whole lot. They fought hard against the Cardinals, but Trevor Lawrence had four turnovers and the Jags defense didn’t look a whole lot better.
32. New York Jets (0-3)
Last Week: 31
Things keep on getting worse for New York. Both of them. But in this case, the Jets looked atrocious…again. Zach Wilson threw two more interceptions and was sacked 5 times. Michael Carter only had 24 rushing yards. Overall, the Jets looked completely lifeless and were shutout 26-0 in Denver.