NFL Power Rankings – Week 4. A Change At The Top!

NFL Power Rankings – Week 4. A Change At The Top!
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The results in week 3 have sent shockwaves through the top 10 of our NFL Power Rankings!

Week 4 sees a change at the top, a surprising slip out of the top 10 and a return to normality for the Bills and Packers. Some difficult decisions were made at both the top and bottom of the list.

Here are our NFL Power Rankings heading into week 4!

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1 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia CommonsLA RAMS3-0
2 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia CommonsTAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS2-1
3 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons CLEVELAND BROWNS2-1
4 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons ARIZONA CARDINALS3-0
5 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons BUFFALO BILLS2-1
6 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons GREEN BAY PACKERS2-1
7 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons LA CHARGERS2-1
8 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons LAS VEGAS RAIDERS3-0
9 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons BALTIMORE RAVENS2-1
10 File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia CommonsDALLAS COWBOYS2-1
11 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons KANSAS CITY CHIEFS1-2
12 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS2-1
13 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons CAROLINA PANTHERS3-0
14 File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia Commons TENNESSEE TITANS2-1
15 File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia Commons DENVER BRONCOS3-0
16 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons SEATTLE SEAHAWKS1-2
17 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons NEW ORLEANS SAINTS2-1
18 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons CINCINNATI BENGALS2-1
19 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS1-2
20 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM1-2
21 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons MINNESOTA VIKINGS1-2
22 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons PITTSBURGH STEELERS1-2
23 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons MIAMI DOLPHINS1-2
24 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons PHILADELPHIA EAGLES1-2
25 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons INDIANAPOLIS COLTS0-3
26 File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia Commons CHICAGO BEARS1-2
27 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons ATLANTA FALCONS1-2
28 File:Eo circle green arrow-up.svg - Wikimedia Commons DETROIT LIONS0-3
29 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons NEW YORK GIANTS0-3
30 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons HOUSTON TEXANS1-2
31 File:Eo circle red arrow-down.svg - Wikimedia Commons NEW YORK JETS0-3
32 File:Breezeicons-actions-22-filename-dash-amarok.svg - Wikimedia Commons JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS0-3

NFL POWER RANKING ANALYSIS

TOP HALF

Justin Tucker - POwer Rankings
Image Credit: CNN

We have new leaders in the LA Rams! After beating the reigning Super Bowl champions in the Buccaneers, the Rams have firmly planted their flag at the top of the pecking order. 

As for the Bucs they fall a place. They have some issues starting to creep in, especially when running the ball, but they still have the G.O.A.T and we still expect them to be there come the new year. 

The Bills rise after an emphatic victory over Washington, who themselves look a shadow of what we expected in the preseason. 

Despite the Ravens beating the Lions with an improbable 66 yard field goal, they do fall. This Ravens team should have handled this Lions team with ease, but they made it uncomfortable for themselves. 

Kansas City unexpectedly fall out of our top 10! Now, we all know that the Chiefs are a top 10, even top 5 team, but with their only win coming in a close one with the Browns, whilst also sitting 1-2 and bottom of the AFC West, they lose the tiebreakers.

Another faller is the 49ers. Although we have maybe been their biggest advocates, the loss to the Packers showed up some faults. Firstly, if the 49ers are going to be competetive they really need to improve in the secondary. Secondly, the 49ers lacked what the Packers had. A star Quarterback. When Aaron Rodgers needed to put a game winning drive together, he duely delivered.

Now the 49ers put up points, but that added spark and dynamism on offence may have been enough to see out this game. How long before we see 49er fans calling for Trey Lance? As for Green Bay, the week 1 loss still leaves a sour taste, but they seem to be righting the ship.

BOTTOM HALF

Davis Mills, Texans - Power Rankings
Image Credit: USA Today

One of the most surprising teams this season has been the Bengals. The biggest difference for Cincinnati has been the vast improvement to their defensive line which has made them competetive again.

For Pittsburgh and Miami the same problems are showing up. Both have offensive lines which are frankly liabilities. One team that shouldn’t have a problem with their offensive line, however, is the Colts. Although, they have uncharacteristically struggled through the first few weeks.

The Colts, Texans & Jaguars continue to hand the AFC South to the Titans. Trevor Lawrence continues to be either awesome or dreadful. But, at least the Jaguars have a QB.

The Texans on the other hand are currently rolling with Davis Mills, who was protected by play calling too much against the Panthers. If the Texans are really to see what they have in Mills, then they need to cut him loose.

It was expected that the Jets would be improved in 2021. We should have known better. There may be a new QB in town, but, the same ghosts Sam Darnold was seeing haven’t left. Zach Wilson is scared for his life and the Jets need to see improvements all over the field.

The same could be said on the other New York team. The one promising take for the Giants is that Daniel Jones has not been the problem. An arguement could be made that he has been the Giants best player. If results keep going the way they are and there is are changes to the front office, how long Daniel Jones stays in New York is a different question.

Who are you higher on and who are you lower on? Let us know what you think of our NFL Power Rankings over on Twitter @NinetynineYards and @Owain_Jones_

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