NFL Power Rankings: WEEK 4. We Have a New Leader and a New Bottom

All 32 NFL teams ranked after week 3.    Previous weeks rankings.

The Twist: Each week my top 12 ranked teams will consist of 6 NFC teams and 6 AFC teams since 6 from each conference will qualify for the post season. I reflect the top 12 teams most likely to make the playoffs each week.

Most reliable and accurate NFL team Ranking: That would be this one. Last week all the “experts” had the Eagles ranked ahead of the Cardinals but this blog had the Cards at #8 and the Eagles #9.  After the Cardinals convincing 27-6 victory, I would say I had it right.

New Leader: The mighty 49ers fell into a trap game in Minnesota and lost their first game while the Falcons went to San Diego and beat the undefeated Chargers with ease. At 3-0 the Falcons assume the top position for now. Interesting that all three Falcon wins have come against AFC teams so far.

The Texans at #2 are also 3-0 and look very good but have benefited from a fairly soft schedule so far. The 49ers fall to #4 behind the undefeated Cardinals who are also 1-0 in the NFC West division.

New Bottom: I had the Chiefs at the bottom last week but they won in OT at New Orleans keeping the Saints winless. So the Saints must settle in at the bottom since the Chiefs found a defense worse than theirs.

Biggest Bounce Up: The Vikings moved up 11 spots to #18 after upsetting the top ranked 49ers. The Vikings are 2-1 and Petterson seems healthy.

Dropping like a challenge flag with replacement refs: The biggest drop was for the miserable and winless Saints. They fall 10 spots to 32. If you think they don’t deserve that spot, I agree but there are only 32 teams and I can’t put them at 33 or I would. I was convinced that the Chiefs were the worst team in the NFL but when they won at the Saints, what choice did I have?

Biggest Surprises after 3 games:

  • Good hand of Cards. The Cardinals are 3-0 and look like they are for real. I have them at #3.
  • Brady & Bunch losing record. The Patriots are 1-2. I have them ranked in the top 12 because I think they still will win their division.
  • Cheese Heads losing record. The Packers are 1-2.
  • The Ain’ts. Saints 0-3 is a big surprise. Didn’t realize their head coach meant so much to them. WOW.

WEEK 4 Rankings:   (0= no change)

1. Falcons            (3-0)    ↑ 2
2. Texans           (3-0)   0
3. Cardinals      (3-0)    ↑ 5
4. 49ers             (2-1)    ↓ 3
5. Ravens          (2-1)    ↑ 1
6. Packers         (1-2)    ↓ 2
7. Bears             (2-1)     0
8. Cowboys       (2-1)     ↑ 7
9. Bengals          (2-1)     ↑ 4
10. Chargers       (2-1)     0
11.  Patriots         (1-2)     ↓ 6
12. Jets                (2-1)     ↑ 7
13. Seahawks     (2-1)     ↑ 1
14. Giants           (2-1)    ↑ 2
15. Eagles           (2-1)     ↓ 6
16. Broncos        (1-2)     ↓ 5
17. Steelers         (1-2)     ↓ 5
18. Vikings         (2-1)      ↑ 11
19. Bills               (2-1)      ↑ 6
20. Bucs             (1-2)      ↓ 2
21. Lions             (1-2)      0
22. Panthers      (1-2)     ↓ 2
23. Rams            (1-2)      0
24. Redskins      (1-2)     ↓ 7
25. Jaguars        (1-2)     ↑ 5
26. Colts             (1-2)     ↓ 2
27. Dolphins      (1-2)     ↓ 1
28. Raiders        (1-2)      0
29. Titans           (1-2)      ↑ 2
30. Chiefs           (1-2)      ↑ 2
31. Browns         (0-3)      ↓ 4
32. Saints           (0-3)      ↓ 10

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