1 – Miami Dolphins (5)
The Dolphins are 3-0 and just hung 70 points on Denver, so how could we NOT give them the top spot in this week’s Power Rankings? Like the 49ers, Miami is driven by an offence that looks impossible to stop at times. Between Tyreek Hill, Jaylen Waddle, Raheem Mostert and De’Von Achane, they may have the fastest team of all time. Tua has gone through some struggles in his career, but if he can continue to get these guys the ball on time, Miami will continue to put up big numbers. It’s obviously been a dream start to the season, and in Week 4, they’ll have the chance to solidify themselves at the top against Josh Allen and the Bills.
2 – San Francisco 49ers (1)
As expected, the 49ers have been great this season and are yet to be in jeopardy of losing a game. Christian McCaffrey has reached over 100 scrimmage yards and scored a touchdown in all three contests this year, while Deebo Samuel, George Kittle and Brandon Aiyuk have all shined at different times as well. It seems like we say this every week, but San Francisco is such a complete team on both sides of the ball. After they host the Cardinals this week, we’ll get a really good sense of the NFC hierarchy in Week 5’s game against Dallas.
3 – Philadelphia Eagles (2)
The Birds brought the 2-0 Bucs back down to Earth on Monday night, but it still seems like something is missing in the passing game. However, with D’Andre Swift looking as good as he is in the backfield, they may not even need Jalen Hurts to be at his absolute best a lot this season. Like the 49ers, the Eagles are a complete team that are looking to go the distance again after the heartbreaking Super Bowl loss in February. With the way they’re looking right now, they certainly could.
4 – Kansas City Chiefs (4)
The Chiefs close out a pretty clear-cut top 4 right now after a dominant win against the lowly Chicago Bears. Thankfully for the team, it looks like Patrick Mahomes is healthy and ready for Week 4 after a slight injury scare in the contest. As always, the offence looks dynamic and dangerous, but it’s the defence that’s turning heads in Kansas City right now. Despite being the youngest unit in the league, the Chiefs are holding opponents to an average of just 13.3 points and 280 yards per game. If they can keep it up, it’s going to be very hard for any team to give Kansas City another loss this year.
5 – Buffalo Bills (7)
Week 1 was a disaster, but the Bills are back. In the last two weeks, they’ve outscored the Raiders and Commanders by a score of 75 to 13. Josh Allen has been much better, but the biggest difference has been on the ground. After getting 12 carries for 46 yards in Week 1, James Cook has averaged 16 for 110.5 yards over the past two contests. We know that the Bills have struggled with running backs in the Josh Allen era, but James Cook is certainly giving them reasons to be excited right now. After beating up on two mediocre teams, the Bills have a great opportunity to re-establish themselves as top contenders in Week 4 against the Dolphins.
6 – Dallas Cowboys (3)
After two dominant wins to start the season off, Dallas simply didn’t show up against the Cardinals in Week 3. However, not only did they lose to one of the worst rosters in the league, but they were also plagued by reoccurring problems and possibly had a few weaknesses exposed by Jonathan Gannon and the Cards. The Cowboys have only scored six offensive touchdowns in three games, and they’re working at a 50% TD rate in the red zone. That isn’t terrible by any means, but it’s not what you’d usually see from a top team in the league. Additionally, if teams take CeeDee Lamb away, Dak Prescott will need to prove that he can still get it done. We have no doubts that they’ll come back strong on both sides of the ball in Week 4 against New England, but there are some things that need patching up.
7 – Detroit Lions (8)
After a tough week against Seattle, the Lions shined defensively in Week 3, allowing Atlanta just two field goals in the 20-6 win. To no one’s surprise, Aidan Hutchinson was awarded NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after collecting two sacks, four tackles and recovering a fumble that he forced. On offence, Jared Goff is using rookie tight end Sam LaPorta quite a bit. With Amon-Ra St.Brown at WR and Jahymr Gibbs catching balls out of the backfield, the play of LaPorta gives Detroit’s quarterback a very dynamic array of options every time he steps back to pass. Week 4 is a great opportunity for this team to prove themselves, as they’ll travel to Lambeau Field to take on the Packers in prime time.
8 – Seattle Seahawks (10)
Despite going through a lot of injuries already this year, the Seahawks find themselves at 2-1 heading into Week 4. On offence, Geno Smith, Kenneth Walker, D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett have all shined in the last two weeks, leading to back-to-back 37-point performances. Rookie WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba hasn’t seen as much action as fans would like, but that’s likely to change as the season goes on. On defence, the Hawks haven’t been great against the pass, but they’ll have a chance to change that with Tariq Woolen and Jamal Adams coming back from injury this week. If the secondary can stay healthy, they’ll almost certainly be better than they’ve been so far.
9 – Cincinnati Bengals (n/a)
They’re the only 1-2 team on this list, and the only reason they’re here at all is because of what we know they’re capable of. Even against the Rams, Cincinnati looked like a shell of the team we’ve seen over the past few seasons, and most of that lands on Joe Burrow. Of course, he’s not playing at 100% right now and is clearly still injured, but if he can’t be better, it might be worth it to sit him until he’s healthy again. On the positive side, Ja’Maar Chase reminded everyone why he’s regarded as one of the top receivers in the league on Monday, going for 141 yards on 12 catches. It’s not time to panic in Cincy, but it’d be great for the players and fans alike if they could go into Tennessee next weekend and win by 30.
10 – Baltimore Ravens (6)
To close out our Week 4 Power Rankings, we’ve got the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens may be coming off a tough loss to the Colts, but there probably isn’t a team I like more than them that isn’t already on this list. The team can still run the ball well and play defence. Lamar Jackson wasn’t bad against Indy; he just wasn’t terrific either. As long as he stays healthy, though, this team will win more games than they’ll lose. It’s hard to see them getting back to 6th in the rankings after this loss, but Baltimore will never be an easy team to beat with John Harbaugh running the show.
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