NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

By Matt Fargo - Covers Expert

Denver and Seattle remain the top two teams in the NFL but the 49ers, Giants and Falcons all slide back in the Week 4 rankings. Find out where your favorite team sits in the latest NFL power rankings.

NFL Power Rankings

Week 4 Rank Last Week Change Team W-L-T
Power Rating Team Comments
1 1 same 3-0-0
-9 Denver
Despite losing a second pro bowler off the offensive line last week, Peyton Manning has been the best QB in the NFL this year with a 134.7 QB rating through three games.
2 2 same 3-0-0
-8 Seattle
Dating back to the start of the preseason, Seattle is the only team in the NFL to enjoy a perfect 7-0 pointspread mark, on the heels of their 17-5 ATS record for the complete 2012 campaign.
3 4 up 1 1-2-0
-5 Green Bay
The Packers have hung at least 28 points on each of their first three opponents, but they've only won a single game thus far. Dom Capers defense is ranked No. 27 in the NFL.
4 6 up 2 3-0-0
-5 New England
Tom Brady and the Patriots offensive struggles continue to get the headlines, but it's surely worth noting that New England's defense has allowed only 34 points - second best in the NFL.
5 8 up 3 3-0-0
-4.5 New Orleans
The Saints No. 1 draft pick in each of the last three years - DT Akiem Hicks, DE Cameron Jordan and S Kenny Vaccaro – have transformed this defense: No. 32 last year, No. 4 so far this year.
6 9 up 3 2-1-0
-4 Dallas
Dallas spent the first two weeks of the season struggling to run the football, but DeMarco Murray broke out with a 175 yard rushing effort against the Rams last week.
7 5 down 2 2-1-0
-4 Houston
The Texans defense ranks No. 24 in points allowed but No. 2 in total yardage allowed. That's what happens when you allow special teams and defensive TDs against you.
8 10 up 2 3-0-0
-3 Chicago
Last year, the Bears led the NFL with nine defensive touchdowns. This year, Chicago again leads the league, scoring three defensive TDs already.
9 11 up 2 2-1-0
-2.5 Cincinnati
Cincy's defense has looked like an overrated unit, allowing a whopping 182 rushing yards to a Packers team that doesn't run well. They were bailed out with the game-winning fumble return.
10 3 down 7 1-2-0
-2.5 San Francisco
Aldon Smith is in rehab, Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis and Mario Manningham are hurt, Frank Gore is angry and the 49ers have their first two-game losing streak of the Jim Harbaugh era.
11 7 down 4 1-2-0
-2 Atlanta
The Falcons have outscored their opponents 51-0 in the first quarter of their last five games (including playoffs), but they’ve been outscored 52-17 in the fourth of those same five games.
12 13 up 1 3-0-0
-2 Miami
The Dolphins defense has stepped up when it matters most, allowing only a single fourth-quarter field goal in their first three contests.
13 12 down 1 2-1-0
-1.5 Baltimore
The Ravens' first three opponents have a combined winning percentage of .833 in their six games against teams other than Baltimore.
14 18 up 4 2-1-0
-1 Indianapolis
After their shocking domination of San Francisco last weekend, the Colts have now won five of their last seven regular season road games including three outright underdog victories.
15 15 same 3-0-0
-1 Kansas City
On a yards-per-play basis, the Chiefs defense isn't in the Top 5 of the AFC, after getting gashed on the ground at Philly last week. Points allowed is a different story, tied for No. 2 in the NFL.
16 16 same 2-1-0
0 Detroit
WR Nate Burleson was in a car crash on Monday, breaking his arm. It's an impact injury. Burleson led the team in catches and in 20-plus yard receptions.
17 17 same 1-2-0
1 Philadelphia
Michael Vick's streak of 94 passes without an interception ended in the first quarter against K.C. last week with a pick-six that set the tone for their six-turnover debacle.
18 19 up 1 1-2-0
1.5 San Diego
In their first three games, the Chargers defense has been unable to get key stops in the fourth quarter, blowing leads each time. Their lone win came when Philip Rivers got the ball last, at Philly.
19 24 up 5 1-2-0
2 Carolina
Ron Rivera is notorious for taking short field goals, but he went for it on fourth-and-1 in a scoreless game vs. the Giants, got a TD and the rout was on.
20 25 up 5 2-1-0
2.5 Tennessee
Much-maligned QB Jake Locker just had his best game as a pro: 299 passing yards, 68 rushing yards and a 94-yard game-winning TD drive in the latter stages of the fourth quarter.
21 23 up 2 0-3-0
3.5 Washington
The Redskins defense is on pace to break the Saints all-time record for futility, set just last year. But the schedule gets easier after facing Michael Vick, Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford.
22 14 down 8 0-3-0
4 N.Y. Giants
Why all the turnovers - an NFL worst 13 giveaways through the first three weeks? Simple, lots of bad down-and-distance situations because their running game is non-existent.
23 30 up 7 2-1-0
4 N.Y. Jets
The 2-1 Jets have certainly exceeded expectations early, but their whopping 20 penalties for 168 yards nearly doomed Rex Ryan's chances vs. Buffalo last week.
24 26 up 2 1-2-0
4.5 Arizona
This defense needs to learn how to cover tight ends. Jared Cook lit them up for 141 receiving yards and two TDs in the opener. Jimmy Graham had 134 yards and 2 TDs last week.
25 29 up 4 1-2-0
4.5 Cleveland
Without Trent Richardson, the Browns leading rusher in their win at Minnesota last week was defensive back Josh Aubrey, who gained 34 yards on a fake punt.
26 21 down 5 0-3-0
4.5 Pittsburgh
In a "circle the wagons" must-win spot at home, the Steelers fell behind 17-0 early, committed five turnovers and looked like a last place team - which they are.
27 27 same 0-3-0
4.5 Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay’s offensive line looked solid with a healthy Carl Nicks, but on their four fourth-down tries at New England, they got beat every time and went 0-4 on those conversions.
28 20 down 8 0-3-0
5 Minnesota
Since opening the season with a 78-yard touchdown scamper, Adrian Peterson has averaged less than three yards per carry since: 68 carries, 203 yards.
29 22 down 7 1-2-0
5 St. Louis
The Rams went 11-3 ATS as an underdog under Jeff Fisher last year, pulling seven outright upsets in that role. They've been dogs twice this year and looked outclassed both times.
30 28 down 2 1-2-0
6 Buffalo
E.J. Manuel took eight sacks against the Jets last week after taking only a single sack in the Bills' first two games. Even eight first downs via Jets penalties couldn't fix their protection issues.
31 31 same 1-2-0
6 Oakland
The Raiders have out-rushed their opponents by 1.2 yards per carry this year, but opposing QBs have a QB rating of 120 against this shoddy secondary.
32 32 same 0-3-0
9 Jacksonville
After their four-TD loss at Seattle, the Jaguars became only the second NFL team in the last 15 years to fail to cover a 20-plus point spread as an underdog.
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Power Ratings compute offensive and defensive statistics into one number for each team, while accounting for factors like recent performances and strength of schedule. Power Ratings can be used as a baseline for relative spread index to compare current or future match-ups between two teams. The relative spread does not account for non-statistical factors like home-field advantage, recent injuries, game time decisions, rivalries, publicity, and weather.