2015 NFL Power Rankings: Week 4
Here are our Week 4 NFL Power Rankings:
1. New England Patriots (Record: 3-0; Last: 1)
Through three games, Tom Brady is on pace to throw for 5,931 yards, 48 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Of course, he'll slow from that yardage pace and throw some interceptions, but he continues to take out his offseason frustrations on the rest of the league and it wouldn't surprise me if broke some single-season records in the process.
2. Green Bay Packers (Record: 3-0; Last: 2)
This just in: Aaron Rodgers is good. With five more passing touchdowns in Week 3, Rodgers now has a 10:0 TD-to-INT ratio this season with a 73.6 completion percentage and 135.4 passer rating.
3. Arizona Cardinals (Record: 3-0; Last: 3)
Not only do the Cardinals lead the NFL in scoring, but they have the league-best scoring differential of +77. If they finished with a +77 scoring differential, it would be their fifth-best in franchise history. In addition, the Cards have scored 40-plus points in back-to-back games for the first time since 1969.
4. Cincinnati Bengals (Record: 3-0; Last: 4)
Typically productive against the Ravens, A.J. Green had 10 catches for a career-high 227 yards and two touchdowns as the Bengals improved to 3-0 on Sunday. With touchdowns in four consecutive games against the Ravens, Green has 28/570/5 in those four games.
5. Denver Broncos (Record: 3-0; Last: 5)
The plan was for the Broncos to be more run-pass balanced, but their ground game has struggled mightily. The Broncos rank 31st in the NFL in rushing offense -- 57.0 yards per game and 2.6 yards per carry. Despite those struggles, they are 3-0.
6. Seattle Seahawks (Record: 1-2; Last: 7)
With Kam Chancellor back, the Seahawks got a shutout against the Bears in Week 3. In Week 4, they are projected to limit their opponent, Detroit, to the fewest points this week based on Vegas odds.
7. Atlanta Falcons (Record: 3-0; Last: 9)
As Bill Parcells would say, you are what your record says you are. With that said, the Falcons have become the first team in NFL history to trail their first three games in the fourth quarter yet begin the season with a 3-0 record.
8. Carolina Panthers (Record: 3-0; Last: 10)
Although they haven't faced a who's who of starting quarterbacks, the Panthers have limited opposing passers to a league-low 5.4 Y/A and have more passes intercepted (four) than passing touchdowns allowed (two).
9. Buffalo Bills (Record: 2-1; Last: 12)
With LeSean McCoy (hamstring) at less than 100 percent and ineffective, fifth-round rookie Karlos Williams carried the ball 12 times for 110 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. He now has a rushing touchdown in each of his first three NFL games.
10. New York Jets (Record: 2-1; Last: 11)
While he had an ill-advised lateral/fumble in Week 3, Brandon Marshall has back-to-back 100-yard games and has scored a touchdown in each of his first three games as a Jet.
11. Dallas Cowboys (Record: 2-1; Last: 8)
The Cowboys rushed for four touchdowns -- Joseph Randle three and Darren McFadden one -- yet they only ran the ball five times in the second half as they squandered their lead to the Falcons.
12. Minnesota Vikings (Record: 2-1; Last: 17)
Despite a modest 10-carry, 31-yard performance in Week 1, Adrian Peterson has back-to-back games with 20-plus carries and 125-plus rushing yards. Going into Week 4, AP leads the NFL in rushing (291 yards).
13. Pittsburgh Steelers (Record: 2-2; Last: 6)
The bad news is that the Steelers will be without Ben Roethlisberger (PCL) for several more games. The good news is that his recovery seems to be ahead of schedule. Coming off a tough Thursday night loss to Baltimore, there next four matchups are against San Diego, Arizona, Kansas City and Cincinnati.
14. New York Giants (Record: 1-2; Last: 22)
Not only does Eli Manning have no interceptions thrown this season, but only Tom Brady (133) has a longer active streak of pass attempts without an interception than Eli (108).
15. Oakland Raiders (Record: 2-1; Last: 28)
Raiders rookie Amari Cooper has back-to-back 100-yard games. If he extends that streak to three games, he will become the first Raider since Tim Brown (1999) to do so.
16. Kansas City Chiefs (Record: 1-2; Last: 13)
The streak is over: Jeremy Maclin became the first Chiefs receiver to score a touchdown since the 2013 season. Unfortunately, it was in garbage time and too little, too late for the Chiefs.
17. Indianapolis Colts (Record: 1-2; Last: 14)
While a win is a win, it was another disappointing turnover-prone game for the Colts on Sunday. No quarterback has more turnovers since the start of the 2014 season than Andrew Luck, who has now thrown multiple interceptions in five consecutive games including the playoffs, but Luck will miss their Week 4 matchup against the Jaguars.
18. San Diego Chargers (Record: 1-2; Last: 18)
Four of their offensive linemen for Sunday's game are questionable at best -- Orlando Franklin (out), King Dunlap (doubtful), Chris Watt (doubtful) and D.J. Fluker (questionable) and that's an obvious concern for their offense. That said, the Chargers rank fifth in the NFL in yardage differential (+77.0/G).
19. Miami Dolphins (Record: 1-2; Last: 15)
The Dolphins brought in big-money free agent Ndamukong Suh, but the defense overall has struggled. The Dolphins are tied with the Chargers for last in the NFL in sacks (one).
20. Baltimore Ravens (Record: 1-3; Last: 16)
Off to their first-ever 0-3 start, the Ravens were able to escape with a three-point win against the Steelers on Thursday night. They have two winnable games against the Browns and 49ers to even out at .500.
21. Philadelphia Eagles (Record: 1-2; Last: 21)
As much as the Eagles struggled to run the ball in Weeks 1 and 2, they had success against the Jets in Week 3. With DeMarco Murray sidelined, Ryan Mathews rushed 24 times for 108 yards. Murray is expected back in Week 4.
22. Tennessee Titans (Record: 1-2; Last: 25)
Per Elias, Marcus Mariota is the third quarterback in Super Bowl era to begin career with three multi-touchdown games. Other two are Mark Rypien and Jay Cutler.
23. Houston Texans (Record: 1-2; Last: 27)
The Texans were without Arian Foster for the first three games of the season, but he is expected to make his debut in Week 4 although it appears that he won't get a full complement of snaps with a short turnaround; Houston plays Indy on Thursday Night Football in Week 5.
24. St. Louis Rams (Record: 1-2; Last: 19)
The Rams currently rank last in the NFL in offense (274.3 yards per game) and rank in the bottom four in both rushing and passing offense.
25. Detroit Lions (Record: 0-3; Last: 20)
No team has struggled to run the ball more than the Lions have. The Lions are averaging just 45.0 rushing yards per game. Last year, they ranked 28th in the NFL, but they averaged nearly twice as much (88.9/G).
26. Washington Redskins (Record: 1-2; Last: 30)
After Alfred Morris dominated touches in Week 1, rookie Matt Jones, who averaged 6.95 YPC in the preseason, has had more touches than Morris in back-to-back games. Although he has lost a fumble in both games, Jones (161) has more than twice as many rushing yards as Morris (78) in those two games.
27. Jacksonville Jaguars (Record: 1-2; Last: 26)
The Jags rank outside the top-20 in passing and rushing offense as well as passing defense, but they have been good against the run this season. Only the Eagles (3.1 YPC) have allowed fewer yards per carry than the Jaguars (3.3).
28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Record: 1-2; Last: 29)
The Bucs are home underdogs on Sunday against the Panthers. Even with the points, they have struggled to cover in those scenarios. Tampa is 7-23 versus the spread in their past 30 games as a home underdog.
29. Cleveland Browns (Record: 1-2; Last: 24)
Browns starting QB Josh McCown has compiled a 1-12 record as a starter over the past two seasons and has barely completed more than half of his pass attempts (51.1 percent) during that span.
30. New Orleans Saints (Record: 0-3; Last: 31)
Luke McCown was solid (31-of-38 passing for 310 yards) in his start for injured Drew Brees, but the outcome was the same as the Saints dropped to 0-3. Brees is expected back for Sunday Night's matchup against the Cowboys, but will the result be different?
31. San Francisco 49ers (Record: 1-2; Last: 23)
Week 3 was a week to forget for Colin Kaepernick as he threw four interceptions including a pair of pick-sixes in the first quarter. Fortunately, Kaepernick will face the Packers and he's had good success against them. Counting the playoffs, Kaepernick has 902 passing yards, 301 rushing yards and eight total scores in three starts against Green Bay.
32. Chicago Bears (Record: 0-3; Last: 32)
The Bears were shutout in Week 3 for the first time since 2002. Underdogs at home to the perenially woeful Raiders, the Bears face their first 0-4 start since 2000.
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