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Blitzalytics' Week 4 NFL Power Rankings

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Which team’s stock is rising/falling the most heading into Week 4?

Written by: Greg Lehr

Power Rankings by: The Blitz Team

The third week of the NFL season provided a variety of intriguing matchups, and none of them disappointed. An NFC showdown in Seattle saw the Teddy Bridgewater-led Saints bounce back from their disappearing act in LA last week for a surprising (and impressive) road win against the Seahawks. In the AFC, undoubtedly the most hyped matchup of the weekend was the battle of two young phenom quarterbacks, as Lamar Jackson and the Ravens came up short in their second-half comeback attempt vs. Patrick Mahomes' Chiefs. Finally, despite those two great matchups, the story of the weekend occurred down in Tampa, where Daniel Jones turned in a fantastic debut in place of Eli Manning. How did these results and the rest of the Week Three games impact this week's Blitzalytics NFL Power Rankings?

Week 4 Risers

New Orleans Saints (+6)

Current Ranking: 12

Last Week: 18

Was this really the same Saints team that was embarrassed by the Rams last week after losing Drew Brees in the first quarter? New Orleans deserves a ton of credit for the way they went into Seattle and essentially were in control the entire game, thanks in large part to the monster play of Alvin Kamara (16 rush, 69 yds, TD; 9 rec, 92 yds, rec TD). Teddy Bridgewater also looked much more poised and confident with a full week of practice with the 1's leading up to this week's victory. Now with their feet back under them, the Saints will head back home as they get ready for a huge Sunday Night Football showdown vs. the 3-0 Dallas Cowboys.

New York Giants (+6)

Current Ranking: 25

Last Week: 31

Daniel Jones. Danny Dimes. Eli Manning Jr. However you may have come to know the new quarterback for the Giants, we can all agree he put in quite the debut performance on the road against the Buccaneers on Sunday. After a relatively quiet first half, Jones found his team down 28-10 at the break, only to turn things around in a huge way in the second half. The Giants stormed back with an offensive explosion, despite the absence of Saquon Barkley, who had left the game with a high ankle sprain. Jones connected with Evan Engram and Sterling Shepard in the air, not to mention two more scores on the ground, to finish his NFL debut with a line of 23/36, 336 yds, 2 TD, 28 rush yds, 2 rush TD. It's a real bummer for Barkley to miss the next month or two, but Giants fans have real hope as they watch the future of their franchise with wide eyes the rest of this season.

Week 4 Fallers

Philadelphia Eagles (-8)

Current Ranking: 16

Last Week: 8

Just one week after Nelson Agholor's drop down the left sideline cost the Eagles a late comeback attempt in Atlanta, Philly's pass-catchers combined for seven (!!) drops on Sunday vs. Detroit. There was none more significant than JJ Arcega-Whiteside's drop on a 4th-and-15 with just under a minute to go. The drops limited Wentz' total numbers to 259 yards and 2 TDs in the loss. Adding insult to injury (literally), the Eagles seem to have lost top corner Ronald Darby to a hamstring injury for a couple of weeks. However, the team is holding out hope that Alshon Jeffrey can return to the lineup (even if in a limited fashion), but the short week with Thursday's matchup in Green Bay doesn't do him any favors. The Eagles will need to dig deep against Aaron Rodgers and an improved Packers defense if they want to avoid a 1-3 start to the season.

Atlanta Falcons (-3)

Current Ranking: 19

Last Week: 16

Whew. Not a good week for Falcons fans. After a big primetime win against the Eagles in Week Two, combined with the division-rival Saints losing Drew Brees for a few weeks, it appeared to be an opportune time for the Falcons to gain some serious ground in the faltering NFC South. Instead, Atlanta came out of the gate way too slow in Indianapolis, falling to an early 17-point deficit before their comeback bid came up short in the second half. Another brutal aspect to this game was watching Keanu Neal lose the rest of his season to a torn Achilles (just one year after suffering a torn ACL), a terrible break for the talented 24-year-old safety.

Full NFL Power Rankings: Week 4

Rankings by: The Blitz Team

  1. New England Patriots

  2. Kansas City Chiefs

  3. Los Angeles Rams

  4. Dallas Cowboys

  5. Green Bay Packers

  6. Baltimore Ravens

  7. Minnesota Vikings

  8. Buffalo Bills

  9. San Francisco 49ers

  10. Houston Texans

  11. Seattle Seahawks

  12. New Orleans Saints

  13. Chicago Bears

  14. Los Angeles Chargers

  15. Indianapolis Colts

  16. Philadelphia Eagles

  17. Detroit Lions

  18. Cleveland Browns

  19. Atlanta Falcons

  20. Tennessee Titans

  21. Jacksonville Jaguars

  22. Carolina Panthers

  23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  24. Oakland Raiders

  25. New York Giants

  26. Pittsburgh Steelers

  27. Arizona Cardinals

  28. Denver Broncos

  29. Washington Redskins

  30. Cincinnati Bengals

  31. New York Jets

  32. Miami Dolphins

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