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NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

Some teams can already kiss the playoffs goodbye.

Houston Texans v Los Angeles Chargers Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

The NFL standings are becoming clearer as each week passes. Six teams are still winless and can start to schedule vacations in January; they won’t be making the NFL Playoffs. Five teams, on the other hand, haven’t lost a game yet and will be looking to continue their winning ways as we reach the quarter mark of the 2019 season.

Just as in Week 2, Week 3 brought plenty of quarterback drama as six different quarterbacks took the field for their first start of the season. Add in the fact that Gardner Minshew II is making people lose their minds over his mustachioed jockstrap stretching, and we have plenty of story lines to follow in Week 4. Oh, I almost forgot: Patrick Mahomes is still really good and on pace to surpass all the stats he put up last year in an MVP season.

Here’s where each team stands with three weeks behind us:

  1. New England Patriots (3-0)
  2. Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
  3. Dallas Cowboys (3-0)
  4. Los Angeles Rams (3-0)
  5. Green Bay Packers (3-0)
  6. Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
  7. Buffalo Bills (3-0)
  8. New Orleans Saints (2-1)
  9. San Francisco 49ers (3-0)
  10. Seattle Seahawks (2-1)
  11. Houston Texans (2-1)
  12. Minnesota Vikings (2-1)
  13. Indianapolis Colts (2-1)
  14. Detroit Lions (2-0-1)
  15. Chicago Bears (2-1)
  16. Los Angeles Chargers (1-2)
  17. Philadelphia Eagles (1-2)
  18. Atlanta Falcons (1-2)
  19. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-2)
  20. Carolina Panthers (1-2)
  21. Tennessee Titans (1-2)
  22. Cleveland Browns (1-2)
  23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-2)
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-3)
  25. New York Giants (1-2)
  26. Oakland Raiders (1-2)
  27. Arizona Cardinals (0-2-1)
  28. Washington Redskins (0-3)
  29. Cincinnati Bengals (0-3)
  30. Denver Broncos (0-3)
  31. New York Jets (0-3)
  32. Miami Dolphins (0-3)

Biggest Drops: Eagles (down 9), Raiders (down 5).

The Eagles had high expectations entering the season. They now sit at 1-2 and face the Packers this week. Out of all the teams with a losing record, I expect the Eagles will turn it around and be fine in the long term. For now, they drop to the middle of the pack until they prove they can play with the better teams.

The Raiders were riding high after Week 1. That feels like months ago to them though. Jon Gruden has his hands full trying to make this team competitive.

Biggest Rise: Lions (up 8), Bills/Jags/Giants (up 6).

The Lions are technically undefeated. However, they tied a Cardinals team that, while intriguing, is not very good. I bumped them up to the middle of the pack and will need to see more from them before they can break into the top 10.

The Bills are good and they deserve their spot. They won’t win any contest for prettiest football team, but they get results. Sean McDermott has his team running like a well-oiled machine. They are coming to grind your team into dust.

The Jags and Giants aren’t very good teams, but they both are interesting right now. Chalk that up to having two rookie quarterbacks breathing new life into tired rosters.

Biggest Surprise: Broncos.

The Denver Broncos have yet to win a game this season. That’s not very surprising since they have Joe (I Swear I’m Elite) Flacco leading the offense. What is surprising is that they haven’t recorded a sack in any of the three games they’ve played. When you have Von Miller and Bradley Chubb, that is simply unacceptable, especially when you consider they are playing for known defensive guru Vic Fangio. If the defense doesn’t perform better, and soon, is it possible we see a one-and-done in Denver for ol’ Vic?

Team I’m most intrigued by: Giants.

Call this low hanging fruit if you must, but I’m excited to see what Daniel Jones brings to this team. They have a lack of talent in a lot of areas, and things aren’t going to get better with Saquan Barkley missing 4-8 weeks with a high ankle sprain. Danny Dimes (worst nickname ever, btw) is going to have to prove he can handle the weight of a franchise on his shoulders sooner than expected. Jones’ athleticism is going to have to keep the Giants in games for now.