This last week saw a lot of surprises from a few teams and from the refs. Overall, though, isn't that somewhat expected from the fourth week of the season? We are still trying to figure out which teams were over-rated and which were under-rated at the beginning of the season. There will be a lot of turnover as teams establish themselves this season.
As such, without further ado, let's jump to the rankings.
1) Houston Texans (LW: 2; 3-0): Have you heard about that Matt Schaub guy? He isn't just lobe-ing the ball around. No, if you heard that, then you must have some ear-wax in the way of your hearing. He's good.
2) Atlanta Falcons (LW: 3; 3-0): How many good teams are the Falcons going to make look bad. This is a crazy run they are on.
3) Baltimore Ravens (LW: 4; 2-1): They are one point away from being a 3-0 team. Not a bad start to the season. Not at all.
4) San Francisco 49ers (LW: 1; 2-1): So that's how a team goes from being the best in the NFL to embarrassed. Our guys were just out-classed in every facet of the game.
5) New York Giants (LW: 6; 2-1): I want to rank this team lower - I just don't think they are the fifth best team in the NFL. But, they have won a couple now and everybody else around them keeps on losing. So it goes.
6) Arizona Cardinals (LW: 10; 3-0): I'm not too happy to rank the Cardinals this high, but let's be honest: that o-line is going to crumble. Soon.
7) Green Bay Packers (LW: 5; 1-2): The Packers keep demonstrating why pass-first, offense-only teams are unsustainable.
9) Chicago Bears (LW: 9; 2-1): Is this team the pinnacle of the NFC North? They might just be, especially since I believe they are playing under their true talent level.
10) Philadelphia Eagles (LW 11; 2-1): I'll be frank: the Eagles should not have gone from 11 to 10 this week - especially after a loss. I just can't justify putting another team behind them in the top ten. These are the dilemmas of the power ranker...
11) Seattle Seahawks (LW 14; 2-1): Let's be honest, the Seahawks were given a gift. As division rivals and as fans of the game, we should be pissed. But, they won the game, and thus, they get a boost in power ranking.
12) Dallas Cowboys (LW: 15; 2-1): Does anybody else feel like this is a team trying to create its identity for this season. I'm fine with them never finding it and sucking all season long, to be honest.
13) San Diego Chargers (LW: 8; 2-1): That was a bit of a rude wakeup call. I mean, only three points? Ouch. Leading your division at 2-1? Not too shabby.
14) Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 13; 1-2): Another shocking loser. I really thought that the Steelers would weather the Raiders storm, even with some big injuries.
15) Denver Broncos (LW: 12; 1-2): I think we should have all expected some serious bumps in the road for this team. As good as Manning is (and I think he is a top-10 all-time QB), it's still hard to jump right into a new team. Things get out of whack.
16) Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 17; 2-1): Here's a team I want to rank higher, but can't quite justify it yet. This young team is just stacked with talent.
17) Buffalo Bills (LW: 18; 2-1): I'm not saying this team is playoff bound or anything, but three games in, the loss to the Jets looks like the aberration.
18) Detroit Lions (LW: 16; 1-2): Teams are figuring out how to mitigate this pass-first offense's potency, just like with the division rival Packers.
20) Minnesota Vikings (LW: 27; 2-1): If all I knew about the NFC North was garnered from watching these last three games, I would think the Vikings best of the division. They played an excellent game on Sunday. Good for them. Eh, just kidding: screw ‘em!
21) Carolina Panthers (LW: 19; 1-2): Cam Newton sure is fun to watch, even if he is losing. He's gotta get the mental parts of the game down, or he will just be another athletically-gifted QB who never quite utilized his potential.
22) St. Louis Rams (LW: 20; 1-2): Why you lag behind the rest of the NFC West? Come on, you're giving the newly competitive division a bad name.
23) Washington Redskins (LW: 21; 1-2): It's insane how many points this team scores and how many they give up.
24) Oakland Raiders (LW: 29; 1-2): I'll give props to our neighbors across the bay. I still think they are in the middle of what could be a long drought of football success, but they beat a Steelers team that was vulnerable. Good for the Raiders.
25) Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 28; 1-2): Three teams in the AFC West have a 1-2 record. What, is this division a metaphor for the NFL or something?
27) New Orleans Saints (LW: 23; 0-3): Does anybody else find the Saints' suckage to be highly amusing?
30) Miami Dolphins (LW: 26; 1-2): I was really excited to make some sort of undefeated Dolphins joke after the 49ers beat the Vikings. Alas...
31) Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 32; 1-2): That's the way to get out of the dreaded #32 spot! You know, just keep on winning.
32) Cleveland Browns (LW: 31; 0-3): Sorry Browns. You're in last place. But, let's be honest, you are somewhat familiar with this place.