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NFL Power Rankings Week 4

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ESPN has released their power rankings for week 4 of the NFL.

The Patriots have moved up 2 spots this week.

FROM ESPN: 

2013 Power Rankings: Week 4
RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING COMMENTS
1

Last Week: 1

The Seahawks’ pass defense leads the league with a minus-4 TD-Int differential. Only 12 teams even have four interceptions this year. Good road challenges await in Houston and Indy.
2

Last Week: 2

Four Broncos have at least 190 receiving yards through three games. The Packers are the only other team with even three of those receivers. How do you stop that?
3
Saints
3-0

5
Last Week: 8

The Saints’ defense has held all three opponents this season to 17 points or fewer. New Orleans allowed 17 points or fewer in three games all last season.
4
Bears
3-0

5
Last Week: 9

The Bears’ defense has three touchdowns this year, as many as the Buccaneers and Jaguars’ offenses. Chicago’s defense has scored on 1.6 percent of snaps, higher than Jacksonville’s offense.
5

2
Last Week: 7

The offense looked better Sunday, with Kenbrell Thompkins scoring twice and Aaron Dobson converting all three targets on third or fourth down. Just in time, as the Falcons are next.
6

4
Last Week: 10

Andy Dalton has more than doubled his Total QBR against added pressure this year. His 73 QBR is the 10th best in the league, one year after ranking 26th.
7

5
Last Week: 12

Ryan Tannehill converted on a career-best 70 percent of his third-down passes against the Falcons. The Saints provide the next challenge on Monday night in a battle of 3-0 teams.
8
Chiefs
3-0

5
Last Week: 13

The Chiefs have disrupted a league-high 33 drop-backs, or 24 percent of drop-backs they’ve faced this year (sack, pass defended or interception). No team has finished above 22 percent since 2008.
9
Colts
2-1

5
Last Week: 14

Trent Richardson got the headlines, but Ahmad Bradshaw got the yards on Sunday. Bradshaw finished with 5.5 yards per rush inside the tackles, more than doubling Richardson’s average.
10
49ers
1-2

7
Last Week: 3

Colin Kaepernick was 1-for-6 on passes deeper than 10 yards downfield Sunday without Vernon Davis, who caught three of those passes for 69 yards and a touchdown in Week 1.
11
Ravens
2-1

Last Week: 11

Though Peyton dismantled them in the season opener, the Ravens quietly rebounded well. Baltimore is one of three defenses to not allow a passing touchdown in the past two weeks.
12

7
Last Week: 5

Aaron Rodgers had three passes batted down in the final two minutes Sunday. Rodgers had one game in the past five years with three batted passes before Sunday.
13
Texans
2-1

9
Last Week: 4

Since the start of 2012, Houston’s special teams have cost the team 56.9 expected points, 12 points worse than anyone else. They allowed a punt return TD Sunday.
14

8
Last Week: 6

Miami held Matt Ryan to 1-of-9 passing and an interception at least 15 yards downfield in Sunday’s loss. Last year, Atlanta didn’t lose a second game until Week 14.
15

Last Week: 15

DeMarco Murray loves the Rams. Murray rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown Sunday against St. Louis. His only other career 140-yard game came against the Rams (Week 7, 2011).
16
Lions
2-1

2
Last Week: 18

After starting 1-for-8 on throws at least 15 yards downfield, Matthew Stafford woke up Sunday. Stafford was 7-of-9 on deep balls against the Vikings. Can he repeat against the Bears?
17
Titans
2-1

5
Last Week: 22

The Titans and Chiefs are the only offenses without a turnover yet. Imagine what they could do if Chris Johnson got going (3.7 yards per rush, 25th in NFL)?
18
Jets
2-1

10
Last Week: 28

The Titans and Jets meet in a battle of surprising 2-1 teams. Geno Smith threw for 331 yards Sunday, a total Jake Locker has reached once in his 14-start career.
19

3
Last Week: 16

Is Philip Rivers good or not? Only Peyton Manning has more passing touchdowns, one year after Rivers’ 42 Total QBR ranked 30th among qualified quarterbacks. Hosting Dallas is a good test.
20
Rams
1-2

3
Last Week: 17

Sam Bradford was 6-of-7 targeting Tavon Austin Sunday, all within 5 yards downfield. Bradford went 5-of-17 targeting other wide receivers, averaging 14 yards downfield per target.
21

6
Last Week: 27

Vertical passing returned in Sunday’s rout. Cam Newton connected on his last five attempts at least 15 yards downfield for three touchdowns, a welcome development heading into the bye week.
22

1
Last Week: 21

Carson Palmer converted 3 of 11 third-down drop-backs Sunday, targeting Larry Fitzgerald once (dropped pass). Sunday was the second straight week Fitzgerald was targeted only once on third down.
23
Eagles
1-2

4
Last Week: 19

Early returns are positive on offense, as only the Packers and Broncos have more offensive touchdowns than the Eagles. But can Philly can run its track-meet offense at Mile High?
24
Bills
1-2

2
Last Week: 26

The league’s fastest offense isn’t in Philadelphia. The Bills are averaging 21.4 seconds per play, six seconds faster than the league average.
25
Browns
1-2

6
Last Week: 31

Josh Gordon made a real impact with 10 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown Sunday. Who gets the rushes, though? No Brown had more than eight carries or 34 yards.
26

3
Last Week: 23

Minnesota’s pass defense is a mess. No one has allowed as many passing touchdowns as the Vikings (nine). Worse yet, Brian Hoyer threw for 321 yards in Sunday’s Browns victory.
27

3
Last Week: 24

A one-dimensional offense doesn’t suit Washington. RG III dropped back to pass on at least three-quarters of snaps in each game this season after posting the second-lowest drop-back percentage last year.
28

3
Last Week: 25

Could the Steelers really start 0-4? If they protect the ball this poorly (nine turnovers, third most in the NFL), it’s a distinct possibility. Luckily, the Vikings have even more (10).
29
Giants
0-3

9
Last Week: 20

The Panthers sacked Eli Manning seven times Sunday, third most in Eli’s career. New York’s 13 turnovers lead the league, a total it didn’t hit until Week 10 last year.
30

1
Last Week: 29

Terrelle Pryor has posted a Total QBR above 55 in two of his three games this season, something Colin Kaepernick, Matt Schaub, Eli Manning and Andy Dalton can’t say.
31

1
Last Week: 30

Add rush defense to the list of problems? The Patriots gained 3.5 yards before contact per rush Sunday, well above Tampa’s league-leading 1.9-yard average since the start of last year.
32

Last Week: 32

Hosting divisional rival Indy doesn’t look good after the way the Colts played Sunday. Maybe the Jags will have a shot in Week 5, traveling to St. Louis.

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