2010 NFL Week 4 Power Rankings

NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 26: Matt Ryan  of the Atlanta Falcons celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on September 26, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Falcons defeated the Saints 27-24. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

There were a lot of movers and shakers in the power rankings this week and we could have a lot of moving parts next weekend too with a couple of big-time match ups (none bigger than the Steelers and Ravens this Sunday in Pittsburgh).

Let’s get nasty…

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1. Indianapolis Colts
Previous Week: 2
The Colts didn’t dominate the Broncos by any stretch of the imagination on Sunday, but that was no less an impressive victory. They were coming off a quasi-must win on Sunday night and had to travel cross-country to play in a tough environment. Good win.

2. Green Bay Packers
Previous Week: 1
I don’t know whether to rip the Packers for that horrendous display last night or remark how impressive it was that they still had a chance to win a game after committing 18 penalties. Either way, that was some ugly football.

3. Pittsburgh Steelers
Previous Week: 10
I have to admit, I thought the Steelers would get caught looking ahead to their game with the Ravens this weekend when they took on the Bucs. Obviously I’m not that bright.

4. Baltimore Ravens
Previous Week: 4
I’m starting to think I have this team rated too high, but then again the Ravens haven’t played a complete game yet. Their offense struggled the first two weeks and their defense took a step back last Sunday against the Browns. I think when this team puts it all together it could dominate, but we haven’t seen it yet.

5. Atlanta Falcons
Previous Week: 13
Yes, there loss to the Steelers in overtime was ugly. But there aren’t many offenses that look good against Pittsburgh’s defense. Matt Ryan stepped up in a huge way on Sunday in the win over the Saints. It may have been his finest performance to date.

6. New Orleans Saints
Previous Week: 3
Tough loss for the Saints, who were a Garrett Hartley chip shot away from 3-0. At least fans can take comfort in the fact that Drew Brees and Sean Payton won’t rest until they iron out their issues.

7. New York Jets
Previous Week: 10
I’m not the biggest Mark Sanchez fan, but there’s no doubt he’s been impressive the past two weeks. He’s found a solid weapon in tight end Dustin Keller.

8. Philadelphia Eagles
Previous Week: 9
I’m still waiting for Michael Vick to take a game off (he’s been prone to in the past), but I have nothing but positive things to say about his game to this point. He’s been spectacular.

9. Houston Texans
Previous Rank: 5
The Texans learned a valuable lesson this week in that playoff hopefuls can’t take weeks off. They just didn’t show up against the Cowboys.

10. Chicago Bears
Previous Week: 15
The Bears are the greatest team alive – period. Bear Down, Chicago Bears.

11. New England Patriots
Previous Week: 6
This is one of the few teams that dropped in the rankings despite winning. The Patriots have a couple of glaring issues on the defensive side of the ball and I think we’re going to see a lot of inconsistent football out of them from here on out.

12. Miami Dolphins
Previous Week: 8
Nice effort in the fourth quarter, Jason Allen.

13. Dallas Cowboys
Previous Week: 16
Hey, there’s the Dallas Cowboys!

14. Cincinnati Bengals
Previous Week: 12
That was the worst performance by a team in Week 3 that actually managed to win a game. I feel sorry for anyone that actually paid to watch that slop in Charlotte last weekend.

15. Tennessee Titans
Previous Week: 16
The Giants may have outplayed the Titans on the statsheet, but give Tennessee credit. They were coming off an ugly loss to the Steelers the week before and all they did was capitalize on New York’s mistakes.

16. New York Giants
Previous Week: 11
Some of the Giants players were quick to point out that they dominated the Titans last Sunday in most statistical categories, which is true. But a team that has turned the ball over as much as the G-Men have in the first three weeks shouldn’t be worrying about finding the silver lining after two-straight embarrassing losses.

17. Minnesota Vikings
Previous Week 18
Well, they were far from impressive but at least the Vikings notched their first victory of the year. Too bad Adrian Peterson and the Viking defense will have to win games every week until Brett Favre can get his act together in the passing game.

18. San Diego Chargers
Previous Week: 17
Don’t feel bad for losing to the Seahawks in Seattle, Chargers. That place is like the freaking Bermuda Triangle up there – you enter, but you never come out.

19. Kansas City Chiefs
Previous Week: 21
I just keep inching this team up little by little every week. I’m still being cautious, but I have to admit I’m starting to feel a flicker of belief for this team. We’re going to find out a lot about this team when they visit Indianapolis next week.

20. Washington Redskins
Previous Week: 19
Somebody let the Redskins know they had a game last Sunday in St. Louis. Not sure they knew that.

21. Seattle Seahawks
Previous Week: 24
It never ceases to amaze me how different the Seahawks play at home than on the road. They might as well be the ’85 Bears in Seattle and the ’07 Lions everywhere else. Regardless – you’re looking at a first-place team, folks.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Previous Week: 22
Not even the fine folks in Tampa thought that the Bucs were “for real” when they started the season 2-0. I didn’t think Charlie Batch would be the one to prove it, but life works in mysterious ways some times…like when Charlie Batch throws for three touchdowns in a single half.

23. Denver Broncos
Previous Week: 23
I still can’t get over the fact that Kyle Orton threw for 476 yards and the Broncos only scored 13 points against the Colts. Red zone problems much?

24. San Francisco 49ers
Previous Week: 20
Of all the disappointments in all the land 49ers, you disappoint me the most. This team really is that bad.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars
Previous Week: 25
Ahhhh, so that’s why the Jaguars have been trying to replace David Garrard for the past two years. Now it makes sense.

26. Arizona Cardinals
Previous Week: 27
The Cardinals’ two wins this year was over the Rams and Raiders in narrow fashion. I don’t know how this team is going to survive if it has to overcome juggernauts like St. Louis and Oakland in the final minutes every week.

27. Oakland Raiders
Previous Week: 26
It’s good to see that the first round pick the Raiders used on Sebastian Janikowski is being put to good use. That was a chip shot, Sebastian – a chip shot!

28. St. Louis Rams
Previous Week: 31
Rams fans have been given the gift of optimism. Sam Bradford still has a long way to go, but he already has plenty of believers in the city of St. Louis.

29. Carolina Panthers
Previous Week: 29
This is the worst collection of talent the Panthers have had in quite some time. And even though he was brutal in his debut, John Fox has to stick with Jimmy Clausen because Matt Moore clearly isn’t the answer. It’s sad to see DeAngelo Williams, Jonathan Stewart and Steve Smith wasted.

30. Cleveland Browns
Previous Week: 29
The Browns don’t have a lot going for them, but Peyton Hillis is a freaking man-child. How would you like to get in front of that thing 30 times in one afternoon?

31. Detroit Lions
Previous Week: 30
Shaun Hill is holding his own in these games, but he’s clearly overmatched. Hurray back soon, Matthew Stafford.

32. Buffalo Bills
Previous Week: 32
Why did the Bills not bring in another quarterback this offseason? They gave Trent Edwards all of the first-team snaps in training camp, all the first-team snaps in practice, bench him after two bad games and then release him after Week 3. They’re going to have another terrible year and worse yet, they still don’t have their quarterback of the future on their roster. Painful.

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