Time is flying, isn’t it? We are one quarter of the way through the 2017 NFL season and we are starting to get a real feel for all of these teams. Are the Rams legit? Has the Giants’ season ended before it even started? Panic in New England? We cover it all in our Week 4 NFL Power Rankings.
1. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0)
The Chiefs continue to look and play like the best team in football. Alex Smith is making all the right plays, Travis Kelce is becoming the best tight end in football, Kareem Hunt is a baller, and the defense is filled with playmakers. Andy Reid knows exactly how to use his weapons and utilizes them perfectly. Hopefully he has taken some time management courses this offseason.
2. Denver Broncos (3-1)
Melvin Gordon, Ezekiel Elliot, LeSean McCoy & Marshawn Lynch combined against Denver this season:
– 50 carries
– 95 rush yds
– 1.9 yds/carry
— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 2, 2017
They also have the second best rushing offense in the league, as well as the 10th most total offensive yards in the league. They are a lethal defense, especially at home. Many wrote off the Broncos the begin the season, but they had an excellent first month of football.
3. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-1)
Le’Veon Bell finally had his breakout game, as the Steelers dominate their rival in Baltimore. This Steelers team is scary once Bell gets going.
4. New England Patriots (2-2)
To no surprise, Tom Brady is leading this Patriots to the best offense in the league, but to a major surprise, this Patriots defense is ranked 32nd in yards allowed. The offense can hide some of the defense’s mistakes, but if they want to make it back to the Super Bowl, that absolutely has to be addressed.
5. Buffalo Bills (3-1)
Definitely the surprise team of the year, as they knock off the defending NFC Champions at home for their AFC East leading third win of the season. They have nice weapons on offense that are being used correctly and Sean McDermott has this defense and entire team believing in themselves. They are in a great situation to win in week five in Cincinnati.
6. Houston Texans (2-2)
Deshaun Watson broke out of his shell and balled out in a surprising 57-14 blowout of the Tennessee Titans. If Watson was the missing piece to this team, then they could be a lock for the division.
7. Oakland Raiders (2-2)
The Raiders offense has looked dead the past two weeks, with Marshawn Lynch racking up only 30 yards. Amari Cooper has been even worse, with only 15 yards in the past two games we well. With Derek Carr will now potentially missing a significant amount of time, it’s bunker down time now for Jack Del Rio and the Raiders.
8. Tennessee Titans (2-2)
The Titans have talent around the field, but they took a huge step back in this blowout loss to Houston. They may be a victim of being too hyped up and not ready to take the next step. There’s still a lot of football left, but this was such a disheartening loss for them.
9. New York Jets (2-2)
I am not sure if the Jets are good, but I don’t think they are necessarily bad. The defense, led by Jamal Adams, has been flying around, and the offensive line has looked strong against two straight very good defensive fronts. The Jets can seriously be looking at 3-2, as they play the lowly Browns this week.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2)
This team seems like it rides the highs and lows, as they can control games easily in their wins and then play completely frustrating in their losses.
11. Baltimore Ravens (2-2)
After starting out the season with two wins, the Ravens have plummeted down to earth. Their offense is stale and the defense is a little overrated.
12. Los Angeles Chargers (0-4)
The Chargers have to be the best 0-4 team in history. Every Sunday seems to be Groundhog Day, as it seems they have reinvented new ways to lose close games every Sunday for the past two years.
13. Miami Dolphins (1-2)
It may be because Jay Cutler is their quarterback, but this team plays uninspired and is boring to watch. You can not call yourself a playoff team if you lose to the Jets and then go out and look dead against the Saints.
14. Cincinnati Bengals (1-4)
A win is a win, but this one was against the Browns. The offense has definitely looked much better since the change at offensive coordinator, but they need to pull off a few more victories to crawl up these rankings.
15. Indianapolis Colts (1-4)
The Colts once again were hard to watch, as they allowed two turnovers to score and looked bland on offense. I’m not even sure Andrew Luck can save this team.
16. Cleveland Browns (0-4)
When is Hue Jackson on the hot seat? They are now 1-19 during his tenure as head coach, and even though he has little to work with, you are what your record is. As an appointed offensive guru, the Browns offense has not developed into anything special at all.
1. Philadelphia Eagles (3-1)
Fly, Eagles Fly. The Eagles keep winning close football games on both at home and on the road, making them the number one team in the NFC a quarter of the way through. Carson Wentz is developing quickly in front of our eyes, the offensive line is creating holes for their running backs, and the defense is as solid as you can get. Their offense is the third highest scoring in the conference with 103 points scored (Rams 142, Falcons 103) and are already 2-1 on the road.
2. Atlanta Falcons (3-1)
Atlanta wasn’t going to go undefeated, as they fall to a classic trap game against the Bills. They will have time to think about what went wrong on their bye week this week, but they won’t have to change much, as they are still one of the best teams in the league.
3. Green Bay Packers (3-1)
Green Bay took care of business Thursday Night against the Bears, but lost Ty Montgomery in the process, as well as Devante Adams taking an awful hit. As per usual, the Packers are one of the best in the conference, but their loss to the Falcons will restrict them in the Power Rankings moving forward.
4. Detroit Lions (3-1)
The Lions look like a complete team, as their defense is developing into one of the best in the conference and their offense makes little mistakes. If Ameer Abdullah can stay healthy, it just gives Matthew Stafford another weapon. They look to improve to an impressive 4-1 this week, as the 3-1 Panthers visit Ford Field.
5. Los Angeles Rams (3-1)
What a difference a head coach makes. Sean McVay has changed this entire franchise’s culture, unlocked Jared Goff’s potential, and has gotten Todd Gurley back on track. Greg “Mr. Automatic” Zuerlein had one hell of a day, as the Rams sent a message to the rest of the NFC that they are for real, beating the Cowboys in Dallas. They will now have their biggest challenge of the season against the Seahawks this week.
6. Washington Redskins (2-2)
In my opinion, the Kansas City Chiefs have shown to be the best and most complete team in football this year. Kirk Cousins and the Redskins played to their level the whole game and should have won if it wasn’t for Josh Doctson being unable to come down with the ball. The Skins looked impressive on Monday Night and will be a contender all season long.
7. Carolina Panthers (3-1)
The Panthers have been winning but have not looked mighty impressive. That all changed with their surprising victory at Gillette Stadium to take down the reigning champs. Cam Newton looked great, but now has to be consistent if this team wants to head back to the playoffs.
8. Dallas Cowboys (2-2)
The Cowboys took a little bit of a shock to the system when they lost to the Los Angeles Rams on their own turf. Their defense got exploited, wasting great outings by Dak and Zeke. With the Eagles rolling and the Redskins looking very good as well, every game means a lot when it comes to winning this division.
9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-1)
Jameis Winston had his best game of the season, finding Mike Evans in the end zone early, making a big play to O.J. Howard, and leading the Bucs down the field on the final drive to win the game. They now have the opportunity to make a huge statement against the Patriots Thursday night.
10. Seattle Seahawks (2-2)
The defense came to play against a week Colts team, so let’s not run away with that. With Chris Carson down, this offense will rely on the mobility and playmaking skills of Russell Wilson even more with this poor offensive line.
11. Minnesota Vikings (2-2)
Case Keenum had a nice game against the Bucs last week, but this offense was built for Sam Bradford and Dalvin Cook, and with them both out now, with Cook sadly out for the season, it will be hard to fix this team with duct tape.
12. New Orleans Saints (2-2)
The Saints are the only team in the NFL without a turnover this season, as their offense continues to roll with Drew Brees at the helm. The defense has been improving and will not get a chance to rest and prepare in their early bye week.
13. New York Giants (0-4)
You can blame the offensive line, the running backs, Eli Manning, the defensive line, Ben McAdoo, or Jerry Reese, it still doesn’t change the Giants embarrassing 0-4 record. They have looked more alive in the past two weeks, but if they can’t pull out a victory against the Chargers at home, 0-6 can be looking them in the face, as they take a trip to Denver to face a relentless Broncos defense in week six.
14. Arizona Cardinals (2-2)
As a fan of Larry Fitzgerald and Patrick Peterson, it’s frustrating to watch them on this team. They may be 2-2, but with their wins being overtime victories against the Colts and 49ers, that as weak of a 2-2 record as it gets.
15. Chicago Bears (1-3)
Trubisky time! Mike Glennon will receive the remainder of his $18.5 million contract on the bench, as John Fox will start the rookie on Monday night in their next game agains the Vikings. With Watson so far having a solid rookie season, let’s see if Trubisky can keep this rookie train rolling.
16. San Francisco 49ers (0-4)
The 49ers are being very competitive in all of their games, but simply can’t play a complete game. I like their direction with Kyle Shanahan, but the man just needs a quarterback not named Brian Hoyer.