ESPN Power Rankings: Week 4


ESPN has released their NFL power rankings for week 4.

RANK TEAM / RECORD Last Week Rank COMMENTS
1
Texans 3-0
 

2

Could the Texans clinch the AFC South before the end of the baseball regular season? (Clayton)
2
Falcons 3-0
 

3

All signs point to the Falcons taking the next step, becoming a legit contender. (Sando)
3
Ravens 2-1
 

6

They’re riding a 12-game home win streak, which is a franchise record and the longest current one in the NFL. (Hensley)
4
49ers 2-1
 

1

Before their loss at Minnesota, the 49ers had been 5-0 under Jim Harbaugh in 10 a.m. PT road kickoffs. (Sando)
5
Cardinals 3-0
 

14

The surprising Cardinals are 3-0 for the first time since 1974. (Sando)
6
Giants 2-1
 

8

The champs clicked on all cylinders in Carolina. Can they do same this week in Philly? (Graziano)
7
Packers 1-2
 

4

A clearly tainted 1-2, but this doesn’t look like the same offense. (Graziano)
8
Patriots 1-2
 

5

New England has a losing record for the first time since it lost the 2003 season opener. (Hensley)
9
Eagles 2-1
 

7

The turnover problem is reaching critical mass. Is Michael Vick on the hot seat? (Graziano)
10
Seahawks 2-1
 

17

The Seahawks are usually the ones complaining about unfortunate officiating. (Sando)
11
Bears 2-1
 

12

Still waiting for Jay Cutler and Brandon Marshall to rediscover that old Denver magic. (Graziano)
12
Cowboys 2-1
 

15

The offense should have looked better vs. Tampa Bay. The line could sink the season. (Graziano)
13
Chargers 2-1
 

11

The Chargers are coming off a tough home loss to Atlanta and now must win at Kansas City. (Fox)
14
Broncos 1-2
 

10

The Broncos can’t spot their opponents 20-point leads in the fourth quarter and expect Peyton Manning to bail them out. (Fox)
15
Bengals 2-1
 

16

First time in seven years that the Bengals have won two straight in which they’ve scored more than 30 points. (Hensley)
16
Steelers 1-2
 

9

Giving up winning drives late in games has become a frustrating habit for a prideful defense. (Hensley)
17
Jets 2-1
 

18

The defense has failed to pick off a pass the past two seasons when Darrelle Revis isn’t on the field. (Hensley)
18
Lions 1-2
 

13

Last year’s discipline problems still in evidence. Too many penalties. (Graziano)
19
Bills 2-1
 

22

Buffalo goes from one injured running back (C.J. Spiller) to one who is coming back from injury (Fred Jackson). (Hensley)
20
Buccaneers 1-2
 

21

The Bucs rank last in yards per game, yards per play and third-down conversion rate. (Sando)
21
Vikings 2-1
 

29

Upset of the week was Christian Ponder’s best game as a pro. (Graziano)
22
Redskins 1-2
 

20

They’ve scored more points than any team, but only three have allowed more. (Graziano)
23
Panthers 1-2
 

19

The Panthers are averaging about eight fewer points per game this season. (Sando)
24
Titans 1-2
 

26

If the Titans can’t be the Texans Sunday in Houston, they will be three games  behind in the AFC South. (Clayton)
25
Rams 1-2
 

23

Shortcomings on the offensive line stood out during tough defeat at Chicago. (Sando)
26
Chiefs 1-2
 

28

The Chiefs got a clutch win over New Orleans with a huge game from Jamaal Charles and the defense. But what about QB Matt Cassel? (Fox)
27
Raiders 1-2
 

30

The Raiders finally got Dennis Allen his first win as a head coach. Can they get him a second at Denver on Sunday? (Fox)
28
Saints 0-3
 

24

Nothing like a game against the ticked-off Packers to brighten the mood. (Sando)
29
Dolphins 1-2
 

25

The Dolphins play their next two games on the road, where they have lost eight of their past 10. (Hensley)
30
Jaguars 1-2
 

31

It looks as though Maurice Jones-Drew has shaken off the rust from his holdout. (Clayton)
31
Colts 1-2
 

27

Andrew Luck looked a little like a rookie in Week 3, but wow, is he good. (Clayton)
32
Browns 0-3

32

The Browns’ traditional poor start has dropped them to 4-15 under coach Pat Shurmur. (Hensley)
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