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NFL Week 4 Power Rankings

The Saints jump over plenty of other teams after a win against the San Diego Chargers.

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1.     Denver Broncos (Last Week: #2, +1) - The Broncos might be without QB Trevor Siemian for Week 5, rookie QB Paxton Lynch was able to suit up and do just fine in limited duty last week. With an incredible defense and C.J. Anderson at running back, not much should be needed out of the QB anyway.

2.     New England Patriots (Last Week: #1, -1) - New England finally lost their first game of the season, but they did so with their third-string QB who was battling a thumb injury. Tom Brady is back, and the rest of the NFL needs to take notice. If this team could be this good without him, it's going to be scary moving forward.

3.     Minnesota Vikings (Last Week: #6, +3) - Teddy Bridgewater gone before the season starts. Adrian Peterson gone after Week 1. And yet, the Vikings don't seem to have lost a step. The Vikings D is top notch, and the offense is able to do enough to keep them into games.

4.     Philadelphia Eagles (Last Week: #3, -1) - An early Bye week for one of the NFL's undefeated, the Eagles drop one spot due to the play of the three teams ahead of them.

5.     Pittsburgh Steelers (Last Week: #8, +3) - That's how a good team is supposed to rebound from a tough loss. After its embarrassing loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3, the Steelers had an embarrassing win against the Kansas City Chiefs.

6.     Atlanta Falcons (Last Week: #9, +3) - At one time not thought of as a favorite to win their division, the Falcons look like one of the favorites to win the entire conference, and this is only strengthened after their convincing win over the defending NFC Champion Panthers.

7.     Green Bay Packers (Last Week: #7, -) - The Packers were the other team with a Week 4 Bye. With teams moving above and below, the Packers stand pat.

8.     Seattle Seahawks (Last Week: #11, +3) - Even on two messed up ankles, Russell Wilson was able to lead the Seahawks to a tough win. Wilson and former-Saints TE Jimmy Graham look to finally be hitting their groove.

9.     Oakland Raiders (Last Week: #10, +1) - This offense is no joke. WR Amari Cooper has yet to find pay dirt in 2016, but they are still putting up points. The Ravens defense had been stout for the first few weeks of the season, so the Raiders Week 4 win was no simple task.

10.   Baltimore Ravens (Last Week: #5, -5) - Speaking of the Ravens, a loss at home to the talented Raiders drops them a little, but I fully expect this team to bounce back. RB Terrance West impressed on the ground, so much so that the Ravens felt comfortable releasing veteran RB Justin Forsett.

11.   Los Angeles Rams (Last Week: #12, +1) - I really can't tell if the Rams are just getting better, or the Cardinals are just that bad right now. Maybe a little bit of both?

12.   Cincinnati Bengals (Last Week: #13, +1) - WR A.J. Green had another monster game. If the Bengals can get consistent play out of QB Andy Dalton, they might make a pretty deep run this year.

13.   Dallas Cowboys (Last Week: #16, +3) - Rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott finally had the breakout game that analysts and Cowboys fans had been expecting. Tony Romo is inching closer to his return, but Dak Prescott might just play his way into keeping the starting job.

14.   Houston Texans (Last Week: #22, +8) - I really am not sure how long the Texans can go before the loss of J.J. Watt is really felt on this team. DE Jadeveon Clowney was pressing last game, resulting in a few costly offsides penalties.

15.   Buffalo Bills (Last Week: #23, +8) - The Bills defense was able to put up a shutout against the New England Patriots. Even without Tom Brady, keeping the Pats out of the endzone had been no simple task for opposing teams thus far, as RB Legarrette Blount had been terrorizing defenses in the first three weeks.

16.   Washington Redskins (Last Week: #20, +4) - QB Kirk Cousins might finally be getting his act together this season, and with RB Matt Jones coming around, TE Jordan Reed finding the endzone again, and CB Josh Norman having a big game, the NFC East is going to be very interesting.

17.   Kansas City Chiefs (Last Week: #4, -13) - The Chiefs took the biggest tumble this week after the 43-14 trouncing they took at the hands of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Chiefs are just not built to come back from big deficits.

18.   New York Giants (Last Week: #17, -1) - WR Odell Beckham Jr. looked like a mere mortal in his game against the Vikings, but he was also the victim of numerous non-calls. I expect the Giants offense to rebound sooner rather than later.

19.   Jacksonville Jaguars (Last Week: #29, +10) - The Jaguars got their first win of the season, and this could really signal the turning point for this young Jaguars team.

20.   New Orleans Saints (Last Week: #28, +8) - The Saints also got their first win of the season, and with an extra week to get healthy because of a Week 5 Bye, reinforcements on both sides of the ball (like Terron Armstead and Sheldon Rankins) should all be coming along soon.

21.   San Diego Chargers (Last Week: #18, -3) - You can say the Saints won their game against the Chargers or that the Chargers lost it, and you wouldn't be wrong either way. Moving forward, it's more about how this team rebounds next week than what happened in the week before.

22.   Carolina Panthers (Last Week: #15, -7) - Carolina takes a small tumble after losing their Week 4 game against the Falcons, and potentially their QB Cam Newton for Week 5. Regardless of whether or not Cam plays next week, it'll be interesting to note if this changes how Ron Rivera uses Cam as a runner.

23.   Tennessee Titans (Last Week: #19, -4) - The Titans need help at WR and on D before they can be a legitimate contender. RB DeMarco Murray looks reborn after leaving Philadelphia, but he can't do it by himself.

24.   New York Jets (Last Week: #21, +3) - Losing against the Seahawks is not the worst type of loss in the world, but QB Ryan Fitzpatrick just keeps throwing interceptions. Another stinker in Week 5 and we just might see the return of Geno Smith.

25.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Last Week: #26, -) - The Bucs were the latest team to fall victim to the mighty Denver Bronco defense. A loss hurts, but it will be more interesting to see what happens in their Week 5 matchup with the divisional Carolina Panthers.

26.   Arizona Cardinals (Last Week: #14, -12) - Wow. I don't even know what to say about the Cardinals. The defense was supposed to be elite. The offense was supposed to be high-powered. Neither has been the case thus far, and QB Carson Palmer might not play in Week 5. Just wow.

27.   Chicago Bears (Last Week: #31, +4) - Jay Cutler's return is most likely on the horizon. I'm honestly not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing for the Bears, but losing RB Jeremy Langford for any period of time is not good.

28.   Detroit Lions (Last Week: #24, -4) - The Lions have no running game. None. Zero. When opposing teams are able to sell out for the pass, the Lions have a tough time staying in games.

29.   Indianapolis Colts (Last Week: #27, -2) - What's wrong with Andrew Luck? Is he broken? Is he injured? Something is going on in Indy, and that problem needs to be fixed yesterday.

30.   San Francisco 49ers (Last Week: #25, -5) - Like DeMarco Murray in Tennessee, RB Carlos Hyde can't do it all on offense, he's going to need help from the playmakers around him. Unfortunately, the biggest "playmaker" the 9ers have had thus far is Jeremy Kerley.

31.   Miami Dolphins (Last Week: #30, -1) - And what's wrong with this Miami team? Specifically, what's wrong with this offense? If someone knows the answer, I'd love to hear it.

32.   Cleveland Browns (Last Week: #32, -) - We know what's wrong with the Browns, though. They're the Browns. The Cavaliers won the NBA Finals. The Indians are looking to make a run in the MLB postseason. Cleveland, I'm sorry, but that's the end of your luck this year.