The week 3 slate of games was quite a shocking one. The Vikings fell to the Buffalo Bills, Matt Ryan posted the highest passer rating of NFL history in a loss, and the Patriots are 1-2 on the season. While there are only three undefeated teams remaining in the league, the Miami Dolphins are surprisingly one of them. Fitzpatrick’s magic ran out, and now Jameis Winston is back in the building. Fitz is the first quarterback in NFL history to put up 400 yards in three consecutive games. The Raiders have three sacks on the season, while Khalil Mack has four. The Cardinals still don’t know how to utilize David Johnson, but they made a decision to name Josh Rosen the starter for this upcoming week. It’s also Baker Mayfield time in Cleveland. He helped the Browns pull off their first win since week 16 of 2016. Let’s dive into the week 4 NFL power rankings.
32.) Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: 32) (0-3) 31.) Houston Texans (28) (0-3) 30.) Oakland Raiders (30) (0-3) 29.) Buffalo Bills (31) (1-2) 28.) New York jets (24) (1-2) 27.) San Francisco 49ers (13) (1-2) 26.) Dallas Cowboys (22) (1-2) 25.) Seattle Seahawks (26) (1-2) 24.) Detroit Lions (29) (1-2) 23.) New York Giants (25) (1-2) 22.) Indianapolis Colts (18) (1-2) 21.) Los Angeles Chargers (14) (1-2) 20.) Cleveland Browns (27) (1-1-1) 19.) Washington Redskins (21) (2-1) 18.) Chicago Bears (19) (2-1) 17.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9) (2-1) 16.) Tennessee Titans (23) (2-1) 15.) Denver Broncos (12) (2-1) 14.) Pittsburgh Steelers (16) (1-1-1) 13.) Baltimore Ravens (17) (2-1) 12.) Cincinnati Bengals (8) (2-1) 11.) Minnesota Vikings (4) (1-1-1)
10.) Atlanta Falcons (5) (1-2)
Since their atrocious start in the red zone week 1, the Falcons have been perfect, going 8-8. Matt Ryan threw a career-high five touchdowns in the showdown with the Saints and put up the highest passer rating in the NFL history (141.8) in a loss. The Falcons are now not only without Keanu Neal and Deion Jones, but Ricardo Allen suffered a season-ending Achilles injury this past week. Atlanta’s offense has been getting it done, but the defense continues to lose key players.
9.) New England Patriots (7) (1-2)
We have seen it before, where the Pats start off the season slow and then win their next 14 games in a row. However, this season feels a little different. The Patriots will be getting some much-needed offensive help in the coming weeks, as Edelman will be coming off of suspension and Josh Gordon will be making his debut. Thankfully for the Patriots, they have the best head coach of all-time. He will surely find a way to turn things around.
8.) Carolina Panthers (15) (2-1)
Christian McCaffrey had a career-high 28 carries for 184 rushing yards against the Cincinnati Bengals in week 3. CMC is showing that not only is he one of the better pass-catching backs in the league, but he can carry the load when asked upon. Cam and the Panthers will have a bye week four. When they kick off week 5 the Giants will be coming to town.
7.) New Orleans Saints (20) (2-1)
Drew Brees passed Brett Favre’s mark of 6,300 career completions in Sunday’s shootout with Atlanta. Brees now sits alone at the top of the NFL record book in the category. Michael Thomas also set a record in the matchup, catching 38 passes through his first three games of the season. The record was previously held by Julio Jones, who had 35. The Saints offense was rolling in this game, rightfully so with all of the injuries Atlanta has on defense. The defense is a major concern, but with Brees and the rest of the offense playing the way they are, this team can sling it against anyone.
6.) Green Bay Packers (3) (1-1-1)
The Packers only have twelve quarterback hurries this season, tied with four other teams for second-worst in the league. Once again, Clay Matthews was flagged for roughing the passer. The rule continues to be a problem in the league and will continue to be a problem until it is fixed. Muhammad Wilkerson suffered a season-ending injury in week three and the Pack fell short against the Redskins. Look for them to bounce back in week four in their matchup against Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.
5.) Miami Dolphins (11) (3-0)
The Dolphins are one of only three remaining unbeaten teams in the league. Miami has a prime opportunity to take a commanding lead in the division as they take on the Patriots week 4. When they leave New England could be atop the division sitting with a pretty 4-0 record. Will Tannehill and the Dolphins seize the opportunity?
4.) Jacksonville Jaguars (2) (2-1)
The Jaguars found themselves in a defensive battle week 3 against the Tennessee Titans. Unfortunately for them, the Titans scored one more field goal than they did. Week 5, this ferocious defense will get to pick on the rookie Sam Darnold. Look for the Jags to bounce back and move to 3-1 this coming week.
3.) Philadelphia Eagles (10) (2-1)
Carson Wentz made his 2018 regular season debut. Last season with Carson as the starter, the Eagles only lost two games through week fourteen. Philly has overcome many injuries dating back to last season and are currently facing several right now. They are only getting healthier and now have Wentz back running the offense.
2.) Kansas City Chiefs (6) (3-0)
Pat Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs continue to put on an offensive clinic. The San Francisco 49ers came to town for the Chiefs’ first home game and they were no match for Kansas City. Mahomes has thrown thirteen touchdowns along with zero interceptions in his first three games as a starter. Can anyone slow down this offense?
1.) Los Angeles Rams (1) (3-0)
The Rams continued their dominance defeating Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers this past week. Even though they move onto 3-0, they now have a Thursday showdown with Vikings, who are coming off a surprising loss to the Bills. The Rams will be without Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters for the foreseeable future, as they both suffered injuries the past week. How will the offense fair against one of the league’s top defenses who shut them down last season?
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