PFT’s Week Four power rankings

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1. Chiefs (previously No. 1; 3-0): Ending Baltimore’s 14-game winning streak gets added to the ever-growing list of accomplishments for a franchise that will be adding even more.

2. Seahawks (No. 3; 3-0): Russ is cooking enough to offset a defense that has been getting roasted.

3. Patriots (No. 4; 2-1): Five weeks to go until Part One of a showdown with the Bills.

4. Bills (No. 5; 3-0): They nearly fell victim to the most dangerous lead in football, in a stadium that knows a thing or two about the evaporation of a major second-half lead.

5. Packers (No. 6; 3-0): Aaron Rodgers can do with a flick of the wrist what so many quarterbacks can’t do without perfect mechanics and a full windup.

6. Ravens (No. 2; 2-1): As to the possibility of a rematch, the Ravens may want to take a page from the Apollo Creed playbook and say, “Don’t want one.”

7. Titans (No. 7; 3-0): Three wins by six points against teams with a combined record of 1-8 may not bode well with the undefeated Bills and Steelers on the horizon.

8. Buccaneers (No. 9; 2-1): It’s a lot easier for Tom Brady to win in Denver when the quarterbacks are Jeff Driskel and Brett Rypien.

9. Steelers (No. 10; 3-0): Having Big Ben back means a 14-3 first-half deficit is no big deal.

10. Saints (No. 8; 1-2): The killer instinct that this team has had in recent years is missing, so far, in 2020.

11. 49ers (No. 13; 2-1): It eventually will be easier to list the players who aren’t on injured reserve, but they just keep winning.

12. Bears (No. 16; 3-0): Matt Nagy’s gut feeling has become a calculated decision to ride with a former Super Bowl MVP.

13. Rams (No. 12; 2-1): Now the Rams know how it feels to lose a big game on a questionable pass interference decision.

14. Colts (No. 18; 2-1): If Xavier Rhodes had played like that last year, he’d still be with the Vikings.

15. Cowboys (No. 15; 1-2): The early losses sting, but this team has plenty of things to feel good about.

16. Raiders (No. 14; 2-1): At least the tuck rule wasn’t an issue this time around.

17. Cardinals (No. 11; 2-1): Truly good teams win the games they’re supposed to win.

18. Browns (No. 24; 2-1): If they commit to the run, they’re more likely to win. It also helps to force the opposing quarterback to commit four turnovers.

19. Chargers (No. 17; 1-2): Like Anthony Lynn said last week, Justin Herbert was the backup for a reason.

20. Dolphins (No. 26; 1-2): FitMagic always yields, eventually, to FitzTragic.

21. Texans (No. 20; 0-3): A difficult early-season schedule gives them an excuse for three losses; no excuses if they lose at home to the Vikings.

22. Panthers (No. 32; 1-2): To cross the country and beat the Chargers without Christian McCaffrey shows that the rebuild is moving much faster than expected.

23. Lions (No. 30; 1-2): The win in Arizona won’t solve all their problems, but a loss would have made things a lot worse.

24. Washington (No. 23; 1-2): The inevitable Alex Smith Disney movie could soon have the perfect ending.

25. Jaguars (No. 25; 1-2): They’re better when they were supposed to be, but still not consistently good enough.

26. Eagles (No. 19; 0-2-1): The luster of a Lombardi apparently lasts less than three years.

27. Bengals (No. 27; 0-2-1): At least Joe Burrow didn’t lose for a third week in a row.

28. Falcons (No. 21; 0-3): At what point does Dan Quinn start hoping to be fired?

29. Broncos (No. 22; 0-3): It’s hard to expect much from a team that has lost so many key players to injury; it’s hard to feel bad for a team with a backup plan at the most important position on the field consisting of Jeff Driskel, Brett Rypien, and Blake Bortles.

30. Vikings (No. 28; 0-3): Trevor Lawrence would look great in purple.

31. Giants (No. 31; 0-3): Being the best team in New York City isn’t what it used to be.

32. Jets (No. 29; 0-3): They’re about to be downgraded to the Turboprops.

76 responses to “PFT’s Week Four power rankings

  1. To be honest, I haven’t watch much of the Patriots. 3 seems awfully high. And Vikings at 30? SKOLOLOLOL.

  2. You can’t take a page from Apollo Creed if you’re aren’t the champ. And to be clear, Jackson hasn’t even won a playoff game.

    Now a paper champ, like Union Cane, would be more fitting.

  3. 3. Patriots (No. 4; 2-1): Five weeks to go until Part One of a showdown with the Bills.

    If they are looking past the Chiefs, like you are, they will lose. Or maybe you have already conceded that one.

  4. The Saints at 10 is a joke. A 1-2 team should never be in the top 10. The Bears at 12 should be in the top 10. Say what you want, but they are undefeated. You’re supposed to beat the team that is put in front of you. I like how the Cowboys are 1-2 but are still ranked 15th, too. The two top teams are right though. The Chiefs and Seahawks have the best two QBs in the league.

  5. Too low for the Vikings. They’ve been a victim of circumstances and still have a very good team. Even at 0-3 they should be in the top 15. You’ll see. I bash Cousins but he’s actually not a bad QB. The new receiver has tremendous potential and Cook is Cook. If the defense can bend but not break (Packers have been doing it for years,) they can still get into an expanded postseason. If they drop two more at Houston and Seattle, this message will self-destruct.

  6. Nice movie reference, but it was actually Rocky who said “dont want one” in response to Creed saying “aint gonna be no rematch, aint gonna be no rematch”

  7. The Bears are about to learn the difference between Emergency Starter Nick Foles and Permanent Starter Nick Foles.

    There’s a reason he was out of football, folks.

  8. Id personally move the packers to #3 and the pats to #5, if those two played who would you pick to win, Cam or Rogers?

  9. So let me get this straight…3-0, 2 road wins, averaging 40pts per game, Rodgers is lighting everyone up, and the Packers are behind a one loss Pats team? No Hoodie bias here 🤣

  10. Huge Pats fan here, but the Packers & Steelers should be above the Patriots at THIS STAGE….. won’t concede that the Bills should be, not a believer in them just yet…..

  11. “31. Giants (No. 31; 0-3): Being the best team in New York City isn’t what it used to be.”

    It was ok the first two weeks when they were at least competitive, and had a shot at a walk-off win in Chicago. Not after this past Sunday, though.

    “32. Jets (No. 29; 0-3): They’re about to be downgraded to the Turboprops.”

    I was thinking more along the lines of those flimsy balsa-wood rubber-band-propelled “airplanes” we got from the candy store as kids in the 60s and 70s…

  12. Hawks are my team and I think this ranking is too generous. Offense is hot but our defense has too many holes and zero pass rush. Rate the team as a whole, not just the QB, Mike.

  13. I want to know who fires their HC 1st before the season is over,,? JETS? LIONS? FALCONS?….,all 3 need to go.

  14. I would flip the Pats and Packers. Packers have looked unreal this year, if it wasnt for the Chiefs and Seahawks (more Wilson playing out of his mind). The Pats and Bills will be a good match up this year.

  15. 3. Patriots (No. 4; 2-1): Five weeks to go until Part One of a showdown with the Bills.

    If they are looking past the Chiefs, like you are, they will lose. Or maybe you have already conceded that one.”

    Lol its been known for years that Bill and company never ever look past the next opponent. Especially one like the Chiefs. Guess you haven’t been paying attention

  16. Go Denver. Only 3 spots away from #32 and Trevor Lawrence. You can do this, without tanking. Go for it!

    Avid Bronco Fan

  17. The Packers are top 3 right now no question. Solid at every level and Rodgers playing with confidence doesn’t hurt.

  18. meadowlandssports says:
    September 29, 2020 at 9:58 am
    “31. Giants (No. 31; 0-3): Being the best team in New York City isn’t what it used to be.”

    It was ok the first two weeks when they were at least competitive, and had a shot at a walk-off win in Chicago. Not after this past Sunday, though.

    “32. Jets (No. 29; 0-3): They’re about to be downgraded to the Turboprops.”

    I was thinking more along the lines of those flimsy balsa-wood rubber-band-propelled “airplanes” we got from the candy store as kids in the 60s and 70s…

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    Best toy ever was the water-propelled rocket that you’d pump full of pressure, then launch… especially if you used Pepsi instead of water. I’m just sprayin’.

  19. lukedunphysscienceproject says:
    September 29, 2020 at 9:52 am

    The Bears are about to learn the difference between Emergency Starter Nick Foles and Permanent Starter Nick Foles.

    There’s a reason he was out of football, folks.

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    This might be the dumbest comment of the season.

    Foles is a Superbowl MVP that thrives in fast paced offenses. He played lights out with the Eagles and KC, The Bears, KC and Eagles are systems he knows well and Nagy runs.

    He struggled on garbage offensive schemes, Jags and Rams. Try to keep up.

  20. PFT is infatuated with the Patriots. I don’t think there is another Power Ranking in the nation that has the Patriots at #3.

  21. Packers have a better record than the Patriots and you still have NE 2 spots higher. When are you gonna just admit you underestimated the Packers?

  22. niners816 says:
    The Bears at 12 should be in the top 10. Say what you want, but they are undefeated. You’re supposed to beat the team that is put in front of you.
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    True, the Bears can’t control who is on their schedule. Yes, they beat the teams put in front of them. But this is a power ranking, not a poll. Chicago played three very bad teams that have exactly one victory between them, yet barely came out on top against all three.
    The Lions handed them a victory by dropping the game-winning TD in the end zone in the waning seconds. They had to come from behind in the fourth quarter to edge both the Falcons and Giants, teams in total disarray.
    I don’t think the Bears are a bad team at all. But they’re erratic and inconsistent, and certainly not as good as their record suggests. I don’t think 12 is a bad spot for them.

  23. I think the Bills are for real and are only getting better. Solid defense, solid offense, very well coached, oh and btw a 3-0 start. What’s not to like?

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    As a Bills fan, lets slow the hype train. The defense looks like its taken a step back, especially against the run. And while the offense is on fire now, it hasnt exactly been against the cream of the crop. This is going to be a playoff team, and they very much look like a AFC championship game team so far. But Ill wait until the Chiefs in week 6 to start the hype party. If we win that game, we can start the Bills contender and Josh Allen MVP talks

  24. I have seen the light and it is the Buffalo Bills. My former favorite team, the Raiders, are far too high. They’re a joke. Go Bills!

  25. dregonspengler says:
    September 29, 2020 at 11:02 am

    niners816 says:
    The Bears at 12 should be in the top 10. Say what you want, but they are undefeated. You’re supposed to beat the team that is put in front of you.
    ==

    True, the Bears can’t control who is on their schedule. Yes, they beat the teams put in front of them. But this is a power ranking, not a poll.

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    The Lions handed them the win, you mean the lead they had all game and get wrecked by Mitch Trubisky again. If Foles played that game the Lions would have lost by 30 points.

    I love your “power ranking, not a poll” logic. The Bears can beat anyone in the league and you know it.

    This is a comment section for PFT’s opinion on the week 3 ranks of teams of a 17 week season. You’re not the judge and jury kiddo.

  26. philmccracken says:
    September 29, 2020 at 9:40 am
    Another week, another Viking choke job.
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    I will disagree with you only to the point that choke job implies they were close and did something to lose the game. I would not qualify the first two games as choke jobs, as they were never really in those games. And, that is from a Vikings fan, who like many may be finding our Sundays freed up more than normal this fall…..

  27. I am fairly numb as a Viking fan at this point. I think the team has a decent future, but in all honesty would put up with an awful season if it put them in a position for Trevor Lawrence. However, as tough as the Vikes may be, the 2 NY teams alone are worse — so there’s about as much chance of that happening as me wearing a cheesehead.

  28. EJ says:
    September 29, 2020 at 10:46 am
    PFT is infatuated with the Patriots. I don’t think there is another Power Ranking in the nation that has the Patriots at #3.

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    Winning 30% if the SB’s and playing in 45% of them over the past two decades will tend to do that

  29. 0-3 Texans and 0-3 Vikings. My mouth is watering at these two comeback stories in wait. A Super Bowl preview no doubt. One of these teams will have to wait another week to begin its Cinderella march to postseason stardom.

  30. jeffreyshulenburg says:
    September 29, 2020 at 11:04 am
    I think the Bills are for real and are only getting better. Solid defense, solid offense, very well coached, oh and btw a 3-0 start. What’s not to like?

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    As a Bills fan, lets slow the hype train. The defense looks like its taken a step back, especially against the run. And while the offense is on fire now, it hasnt exactly been against the cream of the crop. This is going to be a playoff team, and they very much look like a AFC championship game team so far. But Ill wait until the Chiefs in week 6 to start the hype party. If we win that game, we can start the Bills contender and Josh Allen MVP talks

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    The Bills will also lose their perennial two games against the Patriots this season

  31. PFT rankings lost credibility for me when they keep putting the Pats in the top 3 for no reason lol. They look good, top 10 sure, but they haven’t proven anything and we are really putting them above Ravens, Packers, etc. for now?

  32. This blatant hoodie homerism is getting worse by the week. Gonna rank them at #2 after the Chiefs beat them like a drum this weekend?????

  33. Everyone is so worried about where the Pat’s are ranked. jealousy and envy are incurable diseases! 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

  34. As a Bills fan, I think they are good but might be a touch high. I honestly think the Chiefs, Packers, Ravens, and Seahawks would all beat the Bills right now.

    Jets are too high. 😉

  35. legionofzoom says:
    September 29, 2020 at 12:50 pm
    This blatant hoodie homerism is getting worse by the week. Gonna rank them at #2 after the Chiefs beat them like a drum this weekend?????
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    11 straight AFC East titles, 16 of 17 years
    AFC championship game – 8 times in last 10 years
    Went to Super bowl 5 of last 9 Years, winning 3

    I mean hate em all you want but I’d say any rankings or bias towards the Patriots
    Is well founded, based on history and watching the game of football with your eyes and ears open. Stats don’t lie

  36. If the Pats can keep it to within 14 points against the Chiefs, it will be a good performance with a team decimated by free agency and opt outs against a supremely talented Chiefs team that picked up where it left off last year. Even this Pats fan knows #3 is too high. They will however get better as the season goes on and through 3 games have not been bitten too hard by the injury bug (David Andrews will be back).

  37. “The Bills will also lose their perennial two games against the Patriots this season”

    Sure thing. I’m sure that’s set in stone, just like the Red Sox would never upset the Yankees in the playoffs.

    It’s a new era. Brady is gone. Allen is for real. Can’t wait for the games this year.

    Pats are in 2nd place in the AFCE, right?

  38. Whats the record of the teams pittsburgh has beat? Yep, 0-9, don’t mention that though yeah? Who has Kansas beat? , the over rated Ravens, the rookie in his 1st game Chargers in ot and the sucky and over rated Texans who have a qb that can’t play now he’s lost his #1 receiver.

  39. coincidence that the panthers played better when the offensive gameplan wasnt feed the rock to christian mccaffery ?

  40. I think the Jets should be relegated, maybe to the arena league, or the SEC. Promote Alabama. They can’t do worse than the Jests.

  41. What’s the tie breaker for the #1 pick if we have multiple 0-16 teams?? This Vikings fan wants to know…

  42. “I mean hate em all you want but I’d say any rankings or bias towards the Patriots
    Is well founded, based on history and watching the game of football with your eyes and ears open. Stats don’t lie”
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    You’re proving my point. This is a weekly ranking so it should be about the present, not the past. For 31 teams, it is. For the Pats, it is clearly a ranking that is not deserved looking at their current performance.

    I called this out last week, and I’ll do so every week until something changes. The Pats need to earn their weekly ranking just like everyone else.

  43. I love how the Packers are still not getting much respect. I hope it continues and the Packers continue to prove everyone wrong.

  44. Packers should be higher than Patriots because of records and higher than Seahawks, their offense is on the same level and defense is better.

  45. The Pats with a loss should never be ranked in the top 5 over an undefeated team.hopefully next week you will get it right and rank teams by their records and not by their reputation.

  46. The Tuck Rule WAS an issue this time around, in case you didn’t notice that forward pass that Carr “fumbled”. The Tuck Rule always works in favor of the Patriot Way.

  47. I think that was a bit harsh on the Ravens, losing to the Chiefs and dropping 4 places. Don’t see how Patriots, Bills and Seahawks will be able to stop to the Ravens and Ravens D is still real only had an issue with Mahomes and who doesn’t.

  48. A snapshot from earlier in the week — but the only snapshot that matters comes the week after the SuperBowl.

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