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NFL power rankings, 2017: Soooo close heading into Week 4

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We’re back with 2017 NFL power rankings following the third week of the season. There are some intriguing questions.

Los Angeles Rams vs San Francisco 49ers Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The NFL is officially heading into the quarter mark this week following a slightly crazy Week 3. There were a ton of road favorites, but we saw all sorts of upsets and near upsets. The Dallas Cowboys closed out the week with a much-needed win over the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona had some chances to get a huge home win, but instead they continue to scuffle along.

We’re back with Week 4 of our 2017 NFL power rankings. We’ll have a round-up of media power rankings, but as we’ve been doing, I thought that once again we’d offer our own version. It is entirely my opinion, so there will be plenty of disagreement.

The San Francisco 49ers once again came up short, losing 41-39 to the Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football. The 49ers looked dead in the water for stretches, but stormed back late, and had a chance to tie it with a two-point conversion, and then a shot at winning it when they converting the onside kick. It didn’t work out, but the team continues to show some serious fight. I gave them a one-spot bump, putting them just ahead of the Los Angeles Chargers.

The biggest actual upset of the week goes to the Chicago Bears, who beat the Pittsburgh Steelers. While Pittsburgh is a contender this year, they have had a lot of road struggles over the years. The Bears appear to be slightly better than anticipated, and that made for a rough for the Steelers.

The two biggest near upsets saw Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers stage big comebacks to avoid getting tripped up. DeShaun Watson and the Houston Texans looked primed to walk out of Foxboro with a stunning upset, only to be stunned by Brady and company in the last minute in a 36-33 loss. The Cincinnati Bengals showed new life after firing their offensive coordinator but blew it against the Green Bay Packers, losing 27-24 in overtime at Lambeau Field.

Where would you do some shuffling?

Week 4 NFL power rankings

Week 4 NFL power rankings

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