Three weeks have passed into the NFL season, and Week 3 was by far the most exciting, with two overtime games and six more finishing within one-possession.
Almost all teams showed where they lacked, and through three weeks there doesn’t seem to be one fantastic team without flaws, which should gift an interesting NFL season. With three teams remaining undefeated, and five whom have yet to win a game, here are the Week 4 NFL Power Rankings.
- Kansas City Chiefs (3-0) The Chiefs are the best team in the NFL after three weeks. The only undefeated team in the AFC, they now have 12 straight divisional wins since 2015 following their 24-10 Week 3 victory visiting the Los Angeles Chargers. Next week they host a Monday Night Football game against the Washington Redskins, coming off a victory against Chiefs rivals Oakland Raiders.
- Atlanta Falcons (3-0) The Falcons are the NFC’s lone undefeated team, and after beating the Green Bay Packers in Week 2, they were one unique NFL rule away from getting their first loss against the Detroit Lions, holding them at the half-yard line for a 30-26 victory. Next week should be easier when they host the Buffalo Bills, as the Super Bowl runner-ups look to go 4-0.
- New England Patriots (2-1) The Patriots avoided a scare at home last week with a 36-33 win over the Texans thanks to Tom Brady’s game-winning drive with 23 seconds left. The defending Super Bowl champions will look to play better at home against the Panthers, trying to move to 3-1.
- Green Bay Packers (2-1) Aaron Rodgers mirrored Tom Brady with his own rendition of a game-tying drive with 17 seconds left, leading the Packers to a 27-24 overtime win against Cincinnati, keeping the Bengals from their first victory of the season. The Packers seemed a little rusty in the home game, but it’s nothing they haven’t done before (R-E-L-A-X). They host their first divisional matchup on Thursday night against the Bears.
- Tennessee Titans (2-1) The Titans proved they could be serious contenders with a 33-27 win against the Seahawks on Sunday. They will try to get into their first playoff since the 2008 season, and will look to go 2-0 in the division when they visit the two-time defending divisional champion Houston Texans, which will be a battle of two young versatile quarterbacks.
- Detroit Lions (2-1) The Lions were half a yard away from staying undefeated, losing 20-26 to the Atlanta Falcons thanks to a reversed call on the would-be game winning touchdown with eight seconds remaining. They look to rebound after a difficult ending with their first divisional game of the season, visiting fellow 2-1 Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.
- Oakland Raiders (2-1) The Raiders were many peoples’ favorites to challenge the Patriots for a Super Bowl spot this season, but suffered their first loss of the season, upset by the Washington Redskins 27-10 in their first primetime game of the season on Sunday night. Their rebound game will be at division rival Denver Broncos, who also suffered their first loss of the season on Sunday, being the Raiders’ first division game of the season.
- Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1) The Steelers suffered their first loss of the season in a surprising 23-17 overtime defeat to the Chicago Bears. The Steelers are expected to be a heavy contender this year, and they hope to get back to winning ways as they look to win their second divisional game visiting the Ravens on Sunday.
- Washington Redskins (2-1) The Redskins assured that any contract issues with Kirk Cousins will not be detrimental to their season, as they handed the Oakland Raiders their first loss of the season with a comfortable 27-10 victory on Sunday night. Their primetime streak against the AFC West continues as they look to pull off another upset on Monday night against the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs in a bumping Arrowhead Stadium.
- Minnesota Vikings (2-1) Case Keenum played exceptional in lieu of Sam Bradford’s injuring, elevating the Vikings to a 34-17 victory over Tampa Bay. Highlighting that an injured quarterback would not be an issue for their team, they stay home for next Sunday, playing against the Lions, who themselves are coming off an agonizing late-second loss to the Falcons. Both teams are 2-1, and will be looking to get ahead in the race for the division.
- Philadelphia Eagles (2-1) The Eagles needed a 61-yard field goal in overtime to stop a Giants comeback, beating the division rivals 27-24. Now 2-0 in the division, they are off to a great start to their playoff campaign, and can continue this momentum in Los Angeles when the visit the Chargers, who are hungry for their first win of their season.
- Denver Broncos (2-1) The Broncos could not keep up their momentum from their Week 2 victory against the Cowboys in Week 3, upset by the Bills in Buffalo 26-16. However, they will have a great chance to make a powerful standpoint in their season this Sunday, hosting division-rival and also 2-1 Oakland Raiders.
- Dallas Cowboys (2-1) The Cowboys enjoyed their second primetime victory, beating the Cardinals 28-17 in Arizona on Monday night. America’s team will continue playing the NFC West this Sunday, when they host the also 2-1 Los Angeles Rams, as they look to match their successful regular season in 2016.
- Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1) The Jaguars asserted their British domination with a 44-7 thrashing of the Baltimore Ravens, now tied atop of their division. Their defensive stampede will need to continue as they try to get into the playoffs for the first time in 10 years, and will have a great chance to go 3-1 when they visit the 1-2 New York Jets this weekend.
- Baltimore Ravens (2-1) The Ravens were demolished on Sunday by the Jacksonville Jaguars in London, losing 44-7. Suffering their first loss of the season, they will host their third divisional game on Sunday against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers, in a matchup that could end up deciding the AFC North winner in December.
- Buffalo Bills (2-1) The Bills proved that they may be a playoff contending team with their 26-16 defeat of the Denver Broncos, handing them their first loss of the season. Their schedule will continue to get difficult when they visit the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, attempting to give the Super Bowl runner-ups their first loss of the season.
- Los Angeles Rams (2-1) The Rams put on an offensive show Thursday night in the 41-39 victory against San Francisco, starting their divisional matchups on a high note. However, they will face their toughest matchup on their schedule so far on Sunday, visiting the Dallas Cowboys.
- Carolina Panthers (2-1) The Panthers were embarrassed at home by the Saints 34-13 on Sunday, suffering their first loss of the season. Unfortunately, they travel to New England to play the defending champions on Sunday, where they look to upset the Patriots and move to 3-1, as Cam Newton looks to get back to where he was two years ago.
- Houston Texans (1-2) The Texans were 23 seconds away to being the most surprising winner of Week 3, when Tom Brady’s game winning touchdown crushed the hearts of Houston 36-33. However, they showed what they are capable of by almost beating the defending Super Bowl champions, and they hope to build this loss into a building block as they host divisional opponent Tennessee in a pivotal AFC South game on Sunday.
- Seattle Seahawks (1-2) The Seahawks struggle to start their season continued with a 33-27 loss to Tennessee. They were my choice for Super Bowl champions, and they will want to get back in that form soon. They will have that chance in their first primetime game Sunday night, hosting the also 1-2 Indianapolis Colts.
- New Orleans Saints (1-2) The Saints got back on track for the 2017 campaign with a 34-13 divisional victory in Carolina, moving their record to 1-2. They will be in London next week and have a chance to come back to the US at .500, playing against the 1-1 Miami Dolphins.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) The Buccaneers lost their first away game last weekend in Minnesota, losing 24-17 to the Vikings. They have a chance to get back into the winning column when they host the Giants on Sunday, while their opponents will be hungry to get their first win of the season.
- Arizona Cardinals (1-2) The Cardinals lost their Monday night game at home against the Dallas Cowboys 28-17. The Cardinals only win this season came against the Colts in Week 2, but they will have a chance to go 1-0 in their division when they host the 0-3 San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, who themselves are looking to win in Arizona for the first time since 2013.
- Chicago Bears (1-2) The Bears shocked the Steelers in overtime 23-17, and they hope this wasn’t just a one-time surprise victory. The Bears, with quarterback Mike Glennon, look to carry that momentum into their first divisional game on Thursday, in a tough game in Green Bay.
- Miami Dolphins (1-1) The Dolphins were upset by the Jets 20-6 in their second game, a last second touchdown away from getting shut out by a team expected by many to go 0-16. The Dolphins disappointed Sunday as they look to get to consecutive playoffs for the first time in 16 seasons. Their chance to bounce back will be Sunday in London, when they play against the New Orleans Saints, who also look to get back in full form with their first victory coming last weekend.
- Indianapolis Colts (1-2) The Colts got their first victory of the season against the 0-3 Browns in a tale of two teams un-victorious teams. They will get a scare on Sunday night when they visit Seattle, however Andrew Luck could return to practice on Wednesday, and the sooner he is able to play, the better chance to Colts have to surprise the league.
- New York Giants (0-3) The Giants had a 24-point fourth quarter and the chance at their first win of the season shattered by a 61-yard field goal giving the Eagles the 27-24 victory. Odell Beckham Jr. came back to his old self with a pair of touchdowns, and although the Giants have dug themselves a near impossible hole, they visit Tampa Bay next week in what could be a star-studded wide receiver battle.
- New York Jets (1-2) The Jets shocked the NFL world and cruised to a 20-6 victory at home against the Miami Dolphins. Thought by many to go 0-16, they have a chance to go on a win streak hosting Jacksonville on Sunday, which precedes a road matchup against 0-3 Cleveland Browns in Week 5, giving the Jets a better taste at the slight possibility of having a winning record after 5 games.
- Los Angeles Chargers (0-3) The Chargers almost had their third close game of the season until Kareem Hunt’s 69-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter gave LA a 24-10 loss. Now 0-3, they have a chance to rebuild and get back on track in the hardest division in football, hosting the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
- Cleveland Browns (0-3) The Browns lost all but one of their last 22 games, dating back to the 2015 season, which continued in Indianapolis with a 31-28 defeat. However, they may be able to get back as they play fellow 0-3 division rival Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, their third division game of the season, hoping to get out of last place.
- Cincinnati Bengals (0-3) The Bengals struggle continues as they have yet to win a game, nearing an upset against the Packers until a game-tying touchdown in regulation and field goal in overtime gave them a 27-24 loss. They hope that Andy Dalton can play like they want him too, when they visit the Browns to see who wins their first game.
- San Francisco 49ers (0-3) The 49ers were nearing to their first victory against the Los Angeles Rams Thursday night until their two-point conversion failed in a 41-39 divisional loss. They continue to surprisingly struggle and they try to rebuild their organization, and will face a third consecutive divisional match when visiting the Cardinals on Sunday.
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