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Week 4 NFL Power Rankings

Updated on October 2, 2012

Week 4 NFL Power Ranks

For the first time all season my number one team did not lose. For that they retain the lock on the number one spot. Some people might argue with who I have at the top but let's be real. There isn't that big a difference between being number one and number two. Unless you are Bono. So, with apologies to Bono I will get on with this week's ranks.

1. Atlanta Falcons (4-0) Down by two points to the division-rival Carolina Panthers Matt Ryan got his team in position for the game-winning field goal. That drive started at their one-yard line. (Last Week's Rank 1)

2. Houston Texans (4-0) Along with the Falcons, the Texans have more wins than the rest of their division combined. It is safe to say the Texans could lock up the AFC South by Thanksgiving. (LWR 2)

3. Baltimore Ravens (3-1) The Ravens played their first four games in 18 days. If anyone needed a long week to recoup it is Baltimore. (LWR 3)

4. San Francisco 49ers (3-1) Think the Niners were angry after losing to Minnesota last week? Ask anyone on the Jets. They handed New York their worst home shutout since 1989 crushing the Jets 34-0 Sunday. (LWR 4)

5. Arizona Cardinals (4-0) After beating the Patriots in New England and then dismantling the Eagles in Arizona the Cardinals needed overtime to squeak by the pitiful Miami Dolphins at home. (LWR 5)

6. Green Bay Packers (2-2) The real refs almost did in the Packers again by ruling a player down by contact when he fumbled.....while still standing. (LWR 7)

7. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1) For the first time all year the Eagles did not turn the ball over. They sit alone atop the NFC East. (LWR 9)

8, Chicago Bears (3-1) The Bears picked off Tony Romo five times Monday night which tied his career high. Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall clicked in this one to the tune of seven catches for 138 yards and a score. (LWR 10)

9. San Diego Chargers (3-1) The Chargers forced six turnovers en route to thumping division mate Kansas City. Could this be the year San Diego finally puts it all together? (LWR 11)

10. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1) The law firm (Benjarvus Green-Ellis) has fumbled in back-to-back weeks after never fumbling in his NFL career. I suppose finally being the feature back will do that to you. (LWR 13)

11. New York Giants (2-2) They were one kick away (twice!) from winning a tough divisional game on the road in Philly. That makes two divisional losses (Dallas) for the G-Men so far. (LWR 6)

12. New England Patriots (2-2) There were five teams this week that scored more than the Patriots 31 points Sunday. The 31 points I am speaking of.....came in one QUARTER as the Patriots steamrolled the Bills 52-28. (LWR 14)

13. Denver Broncos (2-2) Let's take a look at Peyton Manning's stat line shall we: 30-38 for 338 yards and three scores. Just Peyton being Peyton. (LWR 15)

14. Minnesota Vikings (3-1) They probably deserve more credit then I am giving them so far. They matched their win total from 2011 in September. (LWR 19)

15. Seattle Seahawks (2-2) Through four games Seattle has allowed 58 points, tops in the NFC. Conversely, they have scored 70 points in that same span, 3rd worst in the NFC. (LWR 8)

16. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-2) The Steelers welcome the Eagles to the big ketchup bottle in the battle of Pennsylvania. A 1-3 start is not what they are looking for. (LWR 16)

17, Dallas Cowboys (2-2) I alluded to Romo's five picks earlier but it bears (get it?) repeating. Tony Romo threw give home! Unacceptable if you are the Cowboys. (LWR 12)

18, Washington Redskins (2-2) After Tampa Bay booted what looked to be the game-winning field goal Robert Griffin III led his team on their own game-winning field goal drive. His proved to be the one that stood up. (LWR 21)

19. Detroit Lions (1-3) Matthew Stafford's ineffectiveness is making me wonder if he is somehow getting a proximity jinx from the Madden curse. (LWR 17)

20. St. Louis Rams (2-2) With Sunday's win over Seattle the Rams matched last season's win total and eclipsed last season's wins within the NFC West total which was, well, zero. (LWR 24)

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3) Doug Martin's rushing totals have gone down each week so far from 95 to 66 to 53 and 33 this past weekend. That does not bode well for the Bucs offense. (LWR 22)

22. Buffalo Bills (2-2) In the Bills two wins they have given up 31 points. In the Bills two losses they have given up 100 points. Inconsistent doesn't even do that justice. (LWR 20)

23. New York Jets (2-2) The Jets put up more points in the season opener (48) than they have in their three games since (33). The chants of "Tebow" are already ringing in New York. (LWR 18)

24. Carolina Panthers (1-3) The two-year free ride that Cam Newton has been on is coming to a screeching halt in 2012. So much for that Super Bowl prediction. (LWR 23)

25. Tennessee Titans (1-3) For the first time all year we had a Chris Johnson sighting as he ripped off 141 yards on the ground against a good Houston defense. Jake Locker had been the team's leading rusher up to this point. (LWR 25)

26. Miami Dolphins (1-3) Back-to-back overtime losses are heartbreaking but Brian Hartline just became a household name after racking up 253 yards receiving against Arizona. (LWR 27)

27. Indianapolis Colts (1-2) The Colts enjoyed a bye week last week. So.....that's about all I got. (LWR 28)

28. Oakland Raiders (1-3) Where oh where has Darren McFadden gone? He has rushed for more than 35 yards just once so far this year. (LWR 26)

29. Kansas City Chiefs (1-3) There isn't a team in the league I have a lower outlook for than the Chiefs yet I cannot drop them below the Saints because, well, they beat the Saints. (LWR 29)

30. New Orleans Saints (0-4) They came oh so close in Green Bay. Now it looks like one of the teams I predicted to win a wild card will miss this year's playoffs barring a near miracle. (LWR 30)

31. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-3) Of the teams that have played four games so far the Jaguars have put up the least amount of points. Their grand total? 62. Not gonna get it done my friends. (LWR 31)

32. Cleveland Browns (0-4) It seems like so long ago that they played (Thursday) but if memory serves they were actually competitive against the Ravens. Maybe a sign of life? (LWR 32)


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