2015 NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

Updated: September 29, 2015, 1:10 PM ET

ESPN.com
Week: 4

Time to believe in the Arizona Cardinals?

The Patriots, No. 1 here for the third straight week, improved to 3-0 in a Week 3 stomping of the Jaguars.

Surprised? Of course not. In fact, if you’re looking for a surprise team among the seven remaining unbeatens, Atlanta is the best we can offer. After rallying to beat the Cowboys on Sunday, the Falcons cracked the top 10 for the first time this season, rising from No. 11 to No. 6.

That’s where the underdog theme among our top 10 ends (unless you consider the 2-1 Bills, who are No. 10). The league’s other 3-0 teams were in the playoffs last season, and all except Carolina (now No. 9 after a five-spot jump) had a lofty preseason ranking.

It might be too early to anoint Atlanta as a real Super Bowl contender, but the team’s hot start has definitely resonated with ESPN’s Power Panel. It’s also given us an early — and needed — talking point.

 

2015 Power Rankings: Week 4
RANK TEAM / RECORD TRENDING COMMENTS
1

Last Week: 1

A year ago the Patriots lost 41-14 to the Chiefs on Monday Night Football. They have gone 16-2 since (including playoffs), averaging 34.2 points per game.
2

1
Last Week: 3

The Cardinals have scored 126 points in their first three games. That’s tied for the fourth-most points in NFL history through three games.
3

1
Last Week: 2

According to Elias Sports Bureau, Aaron Rodgers’ 10 TD passes without an interception are the second most all-time through a team’s first three games (Peyton Manning had 12 in 2013).
4

1
Last Week: 5

The Broncos are tweaking their offense for Peyton Manning. Just four snaps under center in Week 3 (55 in Weeks 1-2) and 29 snaps from the pistol (one in Weeks 1-2).
5

1
Last Week: 6

Tyler Eifert exploded in Week 1. Gio Bernard led the way in Week 2. And someone named A.J. Green made his presence felt with a career-high 227 receiving yards in Week 3. Lots of options for Cincy.
6

5
Last Week: 11

The Falcons are 3-0 for the third time since the ’80s. They reached the NFC Championship Game the past two times they started 3-0.
7

Last Week: 7

Russell Wilson has thrown 30 times in each of his three games played this season. When the Seahawks won the Super Bowl in 2013, Wilson threw 30 times in only four games.
8

4
Last Week: 4

Michael Vick takes over the starting job with Ben Roethlisberger out. Of the 42 quarterbacks with 100 pass attempts last season, Vick’s completion percentage (52.9) and Total QBR (21.4) ranked as the worst.
9

5
Last Week: 14

Cam Newton has accounted for all seven of the Panthers’ offensive touchdowns this season, passing for five scores and rushing for two.
10
Bills
2-1

2
Last Week: 8

Ground and pound. LeSean McCoy is averaging about 49 rushing yards per game this season, but that hasn’t stopped the Bills from leading the NFL in rushing.
11

1
Last Week: 12

Brandon Weeden set a Cowboys record Sunday after completing his 21st consecutive pass (dating to last year). However, he extended his personal losing streak to nine straight starts.
12
Chiefs
1-2

2
Last Week: 10

Alex Smith has a Total QBR of 22.8 to start the season. The only quarterback who has been worse this season is Jimmy Clausen (8.9).
13

3
Last Week: 16

Adrian Peterson leads the NFL in rushing and the Vikings are 2-1 for the first time since 2012, the year Peterson won MVP.
14
Colts
1-2

4
Last Week: 18

The Colts avoided an 0-3 start, but they’ve trailed by at least 10 points entering the fourth quarter in all three games.
15
Jets
2-1

6
Last Week: 9

Ryan Fitzpatrick threw 58 passes in the Jets’ Week 3 loss to the Eagles. That matched his number of attempts from Weeks 1 and 2 combined (both Jets wins).
16
Giants
1-2

10
Last Week: 26

No interceptions in 108 attempts to start the season for Eli Manning, his longest streak to start a season in his career. He had four interceptions at this point last season.
17
Eagles
1-2

5
Last Week: 22

Ryan Mathews has nearly as many rushing yards after contact (66) as DeMarco Murray and Darren Sproles have rushing yards (74). Murray and Sproles have nine more rushes too.
18

5
Last Week: 13

Nine straight games with an interception for Philip Rivers, the longest active streak in the NFL. The next longest active streak is three games.
19
Rams
1-2

Last Week: 19

Todd Gurley gained only 9 yards on his first six NFL rushes. Rams running backs have combined for an NFL-worst 111 rushing yards this season.
20

8
Last Week: 28

Amari Cooper gained 100 receiving yards in each of his past two games. The last Raider to gain 100 receiving yards in back-to-back games? Randy Moss in 2005.
21
Texans
1-2

4
Last Week: 25

The Texans committed to the run in Week 3 and it led to a victory. They had 46 rushes overall in Week 3, two more than they had in Weeks 1 and 2 combined.
22
Ravens
0-3

5
Last Week: 17

Justin Forsett led NFL running backs with 5.4 yards per rush last season. This season his average is down more than 2.0 yards per rush (3.2).
23

8
Last Week: 15

Ndamukong Suh isn’t paying off yet. The Dolphins have allowed the second-most rushing yards this season and have generated pressure at a below-average rate.
24
Titans
1-2

3
Last Week: 27

The Titans have lost two straight after an impressive opener, but Marcus Mariota has become the third player in the Super Bowl era with multiple TD passes in his first three games.
25
Lions
0-3

1
Last Week: 24

An average of 2.65 yards per rush and an NFL-low 45.0 rushing yards per game have contributed to the Lions’ 0-3 start. Joique Bell has 20 rushes for 22 yards.
26
Browns
1-2

5
Last Week: 21

Why not go with Johnny Manziel? Josh McCown has lost his past eight starts, the second-longest active streak in the NFL (Brandon Weeden, nine).
27

4
Last Week: 23

Kirk Cousins is now 3-9 as a starter. He has just as many starts with multiple interceptions (0-6 in those games) as he does with one or fewer (3-3).
28
49ers
1-2

8
Last Week: 20

Ninety points allowed in Weeks 2 and 3 combined. The 49ers hadn’t allowed 40 points in back-to-back games since 2006 prior to this current stretch.
29

2
Last Week: 31

Just one turnover forced by the Jaguars in three games so far, an interception of Cam Newton in the second quarter of Week 1.
30

1
Last Week: 29

Jameis Winston has completed less than half his passes in two of his three games this season, both of which were losses. He’s the only quarterback with two such games this season.
31
Saints
0-3

1
Last Week: 30

Luke McCown did his best Drew Brees impression Sunday, throwing for 300 yards and completing 81.6 percent of his passes. However, also just like Brees this season, McCown lost.
32
Bears
0-3

Last Week: 32

The Bears punted on all 10 of their possessions in Week 3. The silver lining to that? They didn’t turn the ball over once.
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13 Responses to “2015 NFL Power Rankings: Week 4”

    • Danny says:

      Absolutely right!

      John Fox, there is absolutely NO EXCUSE for not bringing Tebow in!

      We have all seen whet Tebow can do with a good running game. He is just going to make that better, as last evidenced in the Eagles preseason. In the Ravens preseason game, the Eagles had a massive 238 yards on the ground. The Tebow led offense had 112 of those in ONE quarter! Just for kicks I went out to the NFL site page that has team rushing records. The single game record is 426 yards set a long time ago. The pace that Tebow was on if he played for 4 quarters would have shattered that record!

      People will argue that was 3’s and 4’s he was playing against. Well, if TT was any good, he should have put up big numbers, WHICH HE DID.

      He benefited from an incredible teacher in Tom House who worked with him over a two year period to improve his throwing. A much sharper TT emerged which made his value to any team increase.

      In short, the Tim Tebow version that Fox could have in Chicago is a VASTLY improved version of what he was in Denver, both physically and technique wise…and TT played pretty well in Denver!

      I know that Fox knows this already, but Cutler and Clausen are NOT the answer. As far as trade value he’ll be lucky to get a bag of footballs for Cutler with his salary.

      The Bears realize what is going on and are in the process of making a lot of moves. Fox just needs to get his QB situation figured out.

      Here, let me help. Sign Tebow, make him your starter, promote Fales to #2, demote Cutler to #3 and release Clausen. There you go, simple as that. RG3 is making big money sitting at #3 in Washington, so there’s a recent example on how it can work in Chicago.

      Absolutely no downside here, all the upside in the world.
      Buzzy Says : 😉

      • David says:

        I nominate Danny for Chicago GM. Funny how Fox gets loads of credit for what Tebow did in Denver and Tebow gets NO credit for what he did in Denver.

        • Sage says:

          Well said. The outcome in Chicago is likely to undermine the cozy narrative that Fox has been living under. He benefited from Tebow, then Manning, two extraordinary quarterbacks.

          I doubt there is any available QB other than Tebow who could help Chicago turn it around this year.

        • ck says:

          David: Ditto and AMEN!

    • ck says:

      Thanks David O. for the link and looks like it is going to backfire at some point and happy to see that it does!

  1. Bigfan says:

    I will give it one more week.

    • Danny says:

      Yep, I think that is realistic given how much Tebow could help.

      Teams usually work out unsigned players on Monday. That will be the key date in my estimation.

      If Chicago is holding out for a top draft pick it’s a dangerous game. There’s no guarantee that pick will pan out.

      Fox is going to get fired at the end of the season if things don’t turn around. No amount of play calling is going to make this team good. It’s in his best interest to make the move for Tebow. He needs to do it soon.

  2. Sage says:

    Seems hard to believe the Steelers could win tonight, with Vick. Am I missing anything?

    I’m not rooting against Vick, but his best play was long ago, under Dan Reeves. Reeves was an ultra-competitive coach who cared about winning far more than looking pretty or conforming to league heterodoxies. Old school. I wish Reeves well.

    Brandi says the NFL is full of people who know nothing about football, and she’s probably right.

  3. David Oliver says:

    IS THE NFL QB BOYCOTT OF TIM TEBOW NOW FIXED AND RIGID?
    Will Tim Tebow Ever Play in the NFL Again?

    THIS HISTORICAL QUESTION LINK:

    https://medium.com/@imaliveoutthere/will-tim-tebow-ever-play-in-the-nfl-again-e8132d4fb6d0

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