NFL power rankings 2015: Week 4 (Tuesday edition)


Running down the Power Rankings following the full slate of Week 4 games in the NFL.

What a week for the NFL. One quarter of the way through the season, does anyone fully know what’s going on?

The Patriots and Packers are clearly the toast of the league. Yet after a couple of close scares, Cincinnati laid waste to Kansas City on Sunday and looks better with each week gone by. True, the Bengals are at a juncture where they will only be graded on postseason performance, but regardless they’re a strong looking squad.

And then there’s the NFC South. The Carolina Panthers entered the season staring at an uphill slog following a few key injuries. However, they’ve continued to cobble together victories en route to a 4-0 start. Meanwhile, there’s a conceivable chance that the Atlanta Falcons make a push for league’s best record. It sounds crazy, but outside of the Panthers and then the Colts in Week 11 there are no glaring roadblocks. Don’t be shocked if, out of nowhere, Atlanta ends the year with a record somewhere in the 13-3 range – good, balanced football plus a weak schedule will do that.

On Monday Night Football, the Detroit Lions continued their march towards futility by falling to the Seattle Seahawks in heartbreaking fashion. Detroit has the worst run game in the league – by far – and figures to play the role of doormat all year. As for Seattle, well, it’s amazing what one player can do. The Seahawks are 2-0 with Kam Chancellor back in the lineup, and most certainly wouldn’t have won on Monday had it not been for his heroics (and a little gift from the refs).

Onward to this week’s NFL Power Rankings, starting with the Bad Luck Bucs.

Next: No. 32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers