Week 4 of the 2018 NFL regular season schedule is in the books. Now it’s time to see where all 32 teams rank. For reference purposes, here is a link to last week’s NFL Power Rankings.
BLG’S WEEK 5 NFL POWER RANKINGS
2 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 2) - The Rams are for real. That offense is scary. Jared Goff was dropping dimes against Minnesota’s defense.
3 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 5) - Not unlike years past, the Saints have weathered a shaky start to jump out to 3-1. Alvin Kamara is one of the most dangerous players in the league.
4 - Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 6) - The Jags bounced back with a win. Their defense is still tough.
5 - New England Patriots (LW: 12) - Classic Patriots. Fall down to 1-2 and bounce back with a dominant 38-7 win over a previously undefeated Miami team. (Where have I seen that final score before?)
6 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 10) - After losing in Washington last week, the Packers returned home to shut out Buffalo at home. Easy.
7 - Chicago Bears (LW: 13) - Prior to Week 4, the Bears’ defense was carrying the team while Mitchell Trubisky was struggling. Trubisky finally stepped up this weekend by throwing six touchdowns on just 26 passing attempts against Tampa Bay. Talk about efficiency.
9 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 9) - The Panthers had a bye. They’ll host the G-Men this week, which presents a real opportunity to get to 3-1.
10 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 16) - Cincy hung tough and found a way to win in Atlanta. Solid team.
11 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 17) - It feels like Joe Flacco is having his best season since forever ago. The Ravens drafting Lamar Jackson really lit a fire under his butt.
12 - Washington Redskins (LW: 11) - Good week for Washington. They didn’t even have to play a game and still ended up being first in the NFC East. Washington returns to action with a game in New Orleans. Tough test.
13 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 3) - The Eagles had a 93.1% win probability after going up 17-3 on Sunday. Then the defense blew the lead and Philly lost in overtime. It’s apparent the Eagles have a number of issues, with a struggling secondary being chief among them.
14 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 8) - I’d argue the Falcons are better than their 1-3 record indicates. They only have a point differential of -6. They’ve had a tough schedule so far.
15 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 15) - Kirk Cousins is Tony Romo. Post good stats, choke the game away, get absolved of blame. But the real issue with Minnesota is their struggling defense. Dating back to the 2018 NFC Championship Game, the Vikings have allowed 29.6 points per game in their last five matchups.
16 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 4) - Who would’ve guessed the Dolphins were fraudulent? Just about everyone. Yup. Not like I had them high my power rankings last week.
17 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 7) - It was only a matter of time before Ryan Fitzpatrick turned back into a pumpkin. The bigger issue for the Bucs, though, is that their defense is porous.
18 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 18) - The Chargers just barely managed to beat C.J. Beathard. For that, I award them no change in their ranking.
19 - PIttsburgh Steelers (LW: 14) - Pittsburgh is now 1-2-1 after losing to Baltimore. This team could easily be 1-3. The potential good news is that Le’Veon Bell plans to return, but not until after the team’s Week 7 bye.
20 - Denver Broncos (LW: 19) - Case Keenum had a wide open Demaryius Thomas for a touchdown late in the fourth quarter but he simply overthrew him. That’s what happens when your quarterback is Case Keenum. All told, still a solid showing against an undefeated Kansas City squad.
21 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 22) - The Seahawks eked out a win over a bad Arizona squad. They also lost Earl Thomas for the season. This team is going nowhere fast.
22 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 28) - The Cowboys easily could’ve lost at home to Detroit but they managed to sneak away with a win on a late field goal.
23 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 21) - Cleveland got screwed by the refs. This team has had some bad luck early on in the season. (Not to mention the past billion years.)
24 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 24) - Gotta give the Niners credit for hanging tough with Beathard at quarterback.
25 - Houston Texans (LW: 30) - Houston is on the board after managing to beat Indy. Deshaun Watson had his best game of the season.
26 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 23) - Frank Reich is drawing some criticism for playing to win instead of being conservative and playing to tie. I say screw those critics. Herm Edwards had it right: you PLAY to WIN the GAME!
27 - Detroit Lions (LW: 25) - Well, they’re showing fight, but they’re still not good.
29 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 26) - After a big upset win in Minny last week, Buffalo managed to score exactly zero points in Green Bay. The good and bad of Josh Allen.
30 - New York Jets (LW: 27) - The J-E-T-S have dropped three straight after winning in Week 1.
31 - New York Giants (LW: 29) - It was foolish to think the Giants were “back” just because they beat Houston last week. This team clearly isn’t any good. Pat Shurmur is staring 1-4 in the face with a game in Carolina up next.
32 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 32) - The Cardinals actually looked competitive after benching Sam Bradford and replacing him with Josh Rosen. Shocking!