Running back Kareem Hunt #27 of the Kansas City Chiefs carries the ball during the game against the Washington Redskins at Arrowhead Stadium on October 2, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.
(Oct. 2, 2017 - Source: Brian Davidson/Getty Images North America)
Here are my power rankings after week 4:
1. (2.) Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)
The Chiefs deserved the win over the Washington Redskins but it wasn’t easy. They remain the only unbeaten team after week 4.
2. (4.) Green Bay Packers (3-1)
The Packers took advantage of turnovers as they rout the Chicago Bears 35-14. QB Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdowns and finished with a passer rating of 128.0.
3. (6.) Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)
RB Le’Veon Bell rushed for 144 yards on 35 carries and two touchdowns as the Steelers win at the Baltimore Ravens for the first time since 2012.
4. (1.) Atlanta Falcons (3-1)
I don’t want to sound the alarm bells just yet but QB Matt Ryan has five interceptions to 3 touchdowns over the past two games. The bye week comes at the right time as WR Julio Jones (hip) won’t miss a game and WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) should be back in week 7.
5. (8.) Denver Broncos (3-1)
The Broncos held the Oakland Raiders to 24 yards on the ground and have the best rushing defense in the league, giving up just 50.8 yards per game.
6. (3.) New England Patriots (2-2)
The Patriots gave up 444 total yards and 33 points against the Carolina Panthers and suffered their second home loss of the season.
7. (11.) Detroit Lions (3-1)
The defense recovered two fumbles en route to a 14-7 win at the Minnesota Vikings but the offensive line needs to do a better job protecting QB Matthew Stafford.
8. (12.) Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
QB Carson Wentz had another solid game but RB LeGarrette Blount’s 136 rushing yards paved the way to a 26-24 victory at the Los Angeles Chargers.
9. (16.) Carolina Panthers (3-1)
QB Cam Newton went 22-of-29 for 316 yards, 3 touchdowns and 1 interception to pull off a 33-30 upset at the New England Patriots.
10. (13.) Seattle Seahawks (2-2)
It took the Seahawks one half to wake up and thump the Indianapolis Colts 46-18. Their ground attack was unstoppable, accumulating 194 yards.
11. (14.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
The battle in the offensive backfield should become interesting with RB Jacquizz Rodgers averaging 4.1 yards per carry and RB Doug Martin returning from his four-game suspension.
12. (5.) Oakland Raiders (2-2)
QB Derek Carr’s back injury will very likely keep him out of the lineup against the Baltimore Ravens, Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs. QB E.J. Manuel has the difficult task of keeping the Raiders in playoff contention.
13. (18.) Houston Texans (2-2)
The Texans set a new franchise record with 57 points against the Tennessee Titans. Their previous record stood at 45 points against the same opponent.
14. (21.) Los Angeles Rams (3-1)
RB Todd Gurley II is a dual threat on the ground as well as a receiver. At the Dallas Cowboys he rushed for 121 yards and caught 7 passes for for 94 yards and 1 touchdown.
15. (7.) Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
The offense is still dangerous but the defense needs to step it up or the playoff train could depart without the Cowboys.
16. (22.) Buffalo Bills (3-1)
It’s quite an achievement to beat the Denver Broncos and the Atlanta Falcons in consecutive weeks. The Bills haven’t turned the ball over in 15 quarters, a new franchise record.
17. (17.) Arizona Cardinals (2-2)
If you need a touchdown throw the ball to WR Larry Fitzgerald. He caught a 19-yard pass in overtime to end the Battle of the Field Goals with a game-winning touchdown.
18. (9.) Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
QB Sam Bradford is expected to practice on Thursday and could get the start in week 5 at the Chicago Bears.
19. (15.) Washington Redskins (2-2)
The Redskins fought well at the Kansas City Chiefs but the last-minute drop in the end zone by WR Josh Doctson and the fumble from WR Jamison Crowder sealed the loss.
20. (10.) Tennessee Titans (2-2)
QB Marcus Mariota and QB Matt Cassel combined for 10-of-20 for 117 yards and 4 interceptions in the loss at the Houston Texans. Marcus Mariota (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday’s game at the Miami Dolphins.
21. (23.) New Orleans Saints (2-2)
The Saints recorded the first shutout in 19 NFL games played in London as they beat the Miami Dolphins 20-0 thanks to a second-half surge.
22. (19.) Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2)
As much potential as the Jaguars may have, I don’t think that QB Blake Bortles will ever lead them to a playoff spot.
23. (27.) New York Jets (2-2)
RB Pilal Powell and RB Elijah McGuire combined for 256 yards on 31 carries, an average of 8.3 yards per carry, and 2 touchdowns as the Jets beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 23-20 in overtime.
24. (20.) Baltimore Ravens (2-2)
This can be a very long season for the Ravens with this passing offense and rushing defense. There won’t be wins aplenty.
25. (24.) Miami Dolphins (1-2)
The Dolphins managed just 186 total yards and 11 first downs in the 20-0 shutout-loss against the New Orleans Saints in London.
26. (25.) Chicago Bears (1-3)
QB Mike Glennon committed four turnovers in the loss at Lambeau Field. Is it time to turn the reigns over to second-overall pick QB Mitchell Trubisky?
27. (29.) Cincinnati Bengals (1-3)
The Bengals are finally in the win-column as they won at the Cleveland Browns 31-7. QB Andy Dalton went 25-of-30 for 286 yards, 4 touchdowns and a passer rating of 146.0.
28. (26.) Indianapolis Colts (1-3)
The Colts surrendered 194 yards on the ground, an average of 5.9 yards per carry, giving the Seattle Seahawks every opportunity to turn a five-point deficit into a 46-18 rout.
29. (28.) New York Giants (0-4)
The Giants lost on a last-second field goal for the second week in a row and drop to a dismal 0-4 record. Their inability to run the ball has them ranked 31st, averaging 59.2 yards per game.
30. (30.) Los Angeles Chargers (0-4)
The Chargers have now lost nine straight games, including last season as the San Diego Chargers.
31. (32.) San Francisco 49ers (0-4)
The 49ers won the field goal battle at the Arizona Cardinals 5-4 but lost the touchdown battle 1-0; and that actually mattered most.
32. (31.) Cleveland Browns (0-4)
The Browns are the only team that never had a lead in any of their games this season.