2012 NFL Power Rankings Going Into Week 4

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The Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans are the teams to beat after the first three weeks.

<p> 2012 NFL Power Rankings Going Into Week 4</p>

Each week during the season Athlon Sports looks at the best and worst football teams in the NFL. Here's our NFL Power Rankings following Week 3 of the season.



1. Falcons (3-0) Mike Smith now carries 6–0 record on West Coast.

2. Texans (3-0) Defeat Peyton Manning; 3–16 all-time vs. No. 18.

3. Ravens (2-1) Torrey Smith scores two TDs in emotional win.

4. Giants (2-1) No comeback needed for G-Men on Thursday night.

5. 49ers (2-1) Alex Smith’s no-INT streak ends at 249 passes.

6. Cardinals (3-0) One of only three undefeated teams still standing.

7. Patriots (1-2) Bill Belichick outraged, grabs referee leaving field.

8. Packers (1-2) Aaron Rodgers sacked eight times in strange loss.

9. Broncos (1-2) Bloody Matt Schaub but can’t take down Texans.

10. Steelers (1-2) Defense struggling without injured Troy Polamalu.

11. Seahawks (2-1) Hail Mary answered by simultaneous possession.

12. Eagles (2-1) Lose to Philly’s Week 1 starter in 2010, Kevin Kolb.

13. Cowboys (2-1) Commit 13 penalties for 105 lost yards in victory.

14. Bears (2-1) Major Wright pick-six highlights defensive effort.

15. Bengals (2-1) A.J. Green explodes for career-high 183 yards.

16. Chargers (2-1) Held to lowest point total (3) since Nov. 24, 2002.

17. Jets (2-1) Darrelle Revis heads to IR island after ACL injury.

18. Bills (2-1) C.J. Spiller likely out, but Fred Jackson may return.

19. Vikings (2-1) Christian Ponder good as gold in upset of 49ers.

20. Titans (1-2) Revive ìMusic City Miracleî in thriller vs. Lions.

21. Lions (1-2) Shaun Hill leads two TD drives in just 18 seconds.

22. Raiders (1-2) Dennis Allen earns first career win over Steelers.

23. Buccaneers (1-2) Gain only 166 total yards in ugly loss to Cowboys.

24. Panthers (1-2) Cam Newton crushed by Big Blue Wrecking Crew.

25. Redskins (1-2) Defense confused by creative Cincy play-calling.

26. Chiefs (1-2) Ryan Succop hits six FGs, including game-winner.

27. Saints (0-3) Drew Brees goes 0-for-6 in fourth quarter and OT.

28. Dolphins (1-2) No "structural damage" to Reggie Bush’s knee.

29. Rams (1-2) Sam Bradford beat up by physical Bears defense.

30. Jaguars (1-2) Beat Colts on 80-yard TD with 45 seconds to play.

31. Colts (1-2) Heading into bye week with bitter taste of defeat.

32. Browns (0-3) Have lost nine consecutive games since last year.
 

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