On and off the field, the past week in the NFL was one of the most fascinating in years. Naturally, a lot of the focus was on the pregame scene at stadiums across the country but the action between the lines was just as compelling as the best week of the season thus far had fun finishes at just about every turn. As a result, there was quite a bit of shakeup in terms of division races and the overall league pecking order.
Factoring in everything from overall roster strength, to quarterback play, to the coaching staff, here is the latest edition of NFL power rankings and where every team stacks up from 1 to 32.
Week 4 NFL Power Rankings
1. Kansas City Chiefs
Last week: 1
Yes it’s early but we’re getting close to the point where Kareem Hunt, like Ezekiel Elliott last year, will start to hear some MVP talk and not just be limited to rookie of the year.
2. Atlanta Falcons
Last week: 4
Atlanta starts its NFC title defense by just about sweeping the NFC North through the first three weeks and capturing two victories over likely playoff teams in Green Bay and Detroit. Of course, this group came so, so close to suffering their first loss of the year and still need to figure out how to grind things out with the run in the fourth quarter.
3. New England Patriots
Last week: 2
Nothing like a little Tom Brady magic at the end of the game huh? The veteran quarterback looked 10 years younger on that final drive and showed why he’s one of the best ever, but the concerns around this team’s play in the trenches on both sides of the ball remains a long-term issue.
4. Detroit Lions
Last week: 6
Not sure Lions fans will ever forget that ending against Atlanta and going from the thrill of victory to the agony of defeat in just a few minutes of replay agony. Still, it’s pretty clear this is a team that is built to get back to the postseason and do some damage.
5. Oakland Raiders
Last week: 3
It’s always difficult to fly cross country for a big game if you’re a West Coast team but who knew the Raiders flew commercial and lost their offense with the rest of their bags? Perhaps that lackluster effort against Washington will wake folks up in the Bay Area and a team that is much better than what we saw Sunday night.
6. Tennessee Titans
Last week: 9
Everybody’s favorite AFC dark horse looked mighty impressive in that big third quarter against Seattle. Still doesn’t seem like Marcus Mariota has the timing down just yet with his receivers so there’s still plenty more time to grow.
7. Green Bay Packers
Last week: 8
There were a dozen “wow” throws from Aaron Rodgers on Sunday afternoon and Green Bay shockingly needed every one of them. At least old No. 12 can finally claim victory in both overtime and over the Bengals for the first time in his career.
8. Philadelphia Eagles
Last week: 14
You can probably say that things could have been a lot different had Aaron Rodgers’ pass attempt not been taken back for a touchdown early in the game. Either way, this is a team that is already banged up two weeks into the season and facing some fires on several fronts.
9. Dallas Cowboys
Last week: 12
It took a full half for the Titans to get going against their division rival but perhaps we saw them turn the corner on offense. An ailing DeMarco Murray gave Derrick Henry a chance to shine. Will that continue once Murray is healthy?
10. Minnesota Vikings
Last week: 15
Case Keenum had perhaps his finest performance dating back to his days in college and the defense looked as fast as any in the league against a dangerous offense. While you still don’t know what the ceiling of this team can be, it’s pretty clear they have a fairly high floor as well.
11. Pittsburgh Steelers
Last week: 5
Sometimes a team just doesn’t have it on a Sunday afternoon and it was clear that Pittsburgh didn’t from the get-go against Chicago on the road. The lack of a run game still has to be pretty concerning if you’re a Steelers fan going forward.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Last week: 7
Despite playing a team with a backup quarterback, the Bucs were thoroughly embarrassed in all three phases by the Vikings on the road. While many thought this was a dark horse Super Bowl contender, they won’t be returning to Minnesota anytime soon if they play like they did on Sunday.
13. Washington Redskins
Last week: 19
Two solid wins keeps Washington in a three-way tie atop the division and the way they throttled Oakland has to be a huge confidence boost to go into Kansas City for a big Monday night game next week.
14. Denver Broncos
Last week: 10
Downright dreadful performance by Trevor Siemian shows what likely happens to this team on the road if the quarterback doesn’t take care of the football.
15. Seattle Seahawks
Last week: 11
More offensive line woes are simply not surprising at this point but it was the defense getting picked apart and becoming extra emotional was a bit eye-opening. At this point, it’s a good thing the Seahawks play in the division they do because they would otherwise be in big trouble.
16. Houston Texans
Last week: 18
Every fan in Houston probably thought the game was over as soon as Tom Brady got the ball back but that painful final drive should also be an encouraging sign of growth for this team. It’s not often that a rookie can go into Foxborough and look as good as Deshaun Watson did and the young QB still has plenty of room to grow.
17. Los Angeles Rams
Last week: 20
Well it was a little closer than the Rams would have wanted at the end but putting up 41 points on the road, on a short week, is a pretty good sign for a team that increasingly looks like they could even contend for the NFC West in 2017.
18. New Orleans Saints
Last week: 23
After weeks of hearing about their defensive woes, the Saints bounced back to contain Cam Newton and company to just 13 points. If that keeps up, perhaps they can claw back into things after such a difficult early schedule.
19. Baltimore Ravens
Last week: 13
You can blame that absolutely dreadful performance against the Jaguars in London on jet lag but it’s pretty clear that the flaws we all saw in this team are starting to surface each passing week.
20. Carolina Panthers
Last week: 17
Cam Newton still doesn’t look fully healthy at quarterback and that’s not only a concern in terms of wins and losses for the short term, but an issue for the franchise contending long term too.
21. Buffalo Bills
Last week: 24