NFL Power Rankings – Week 4

1-49ers: San Francisco is 3-0 straight up and 2-0-1 against the spread, outscoring opponents by a combined score of 90-42. Brock Purdy has completed 67.0 percent of his passes for 736 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.

2-Chiefs: After scoring just 37 combined points in its first two games, Kansas City’s offense exploded in a 41-10 home win over the Bears. Andy Reid’s team has back-to-back road games against the Jets and Vikings on deck.

3-Eagles: With Dallas and Washington losing their first games in Week 3, Philadelphia took sole control of first place in the NFC East with Monday’s 25-11 win at Tampa Bay. That was a solid development for me.

4-Dolphins: Miami became the first NFL team to score 70 points in a game since 1966 when it blasted Denver by 50 points this past Sunday in South Florida. As part of an 8-0 record NFL record for me in Week 3, I cashed the Dolphins’ Team Total ‘over’ 13.5 in the first half and ‘over’ 27.5 for the game – before the second quarter was over. I was also on Miami -6.5 against the Broncos.

5-Bills: Buffalo’s defense forced five turnovers and handed the Commanders their first loss in a 37-3 win at Washington.

6-Cowboys: Dallas outscored the Giants and Jets by a combined score of 70-10, but the Cowboys were dominated 28-16 at Arizona against a franchise that’s in full-on tanking mode. In three of the next five games, Mike McCarthy’s squad has to play at San Francisco, at the Los Angeles Chargers and at Philadelphia.

7-Ravens: At home against an Indianapolis team playing without its dynamic starting rookie QB Anthony Richardson, Baltimore lost for the first time and likely cost thousands of its backers in Survivor Pools across the country.

8-Bengals: After a 0-2 start against division rivals and with franchise star Joe Burrow dealing with an injured calf, Cincinnati couldn’t have possibly started the season any worse. Although it wasn’t pretty in a 19-16 home win over the Rams that saw the Bengals hurt their backers by giving up a backdoor push late in the fourth quarter, they got their first win, Burrow emerged unscathed and with the Ravens losing, they’re now just one game back of the lead in the AFC North.

9-Lions: With its defense down several key players and RB David Montgomery out with an injury, Detroit was dominant defensively and gave Atlanta its first defeat in a 20-6 home win as a three-point favorite. Aidan Hutchinson had two of the Lions’ seven sacks.

10-Chargers: L.A. has played three games that have gone down to the wire, and it finally came out on top in a 28-24 win at Minnesota. However, WR Mike Williams was lost to a season-ending injury.

11-Browns: Even without star RB Nick Chubb, Cleveland improved to 2-1 both SU and ATS with a dominant 27-3 win over the Titans as a 3.5-point home favorite. Deshaun Watson played his best game since signing a record-setting contract with the franchise, connecting on 27-of-33 throws for 289 yards and two TDs without an interception.

12-Seahawks: After getting thumped by the Rams 30-13 at home win Week 1, Seattle has responded with back-to-back wins at Detroit (37-31 in overtime) and vs. Carolina (37-27). Kenneth Walker III had 97 rushing yards and two TDs on 18 attempts, in addition to 59 receiving yards on three catches in Sunday’s victory over the winless Panthers.

13-Packers: Trailing New Orleans 17-0 with less than 12 minutes remaining, Green Bay scored the game’s last 18 points to keep pace with Detroit for the NFC North lead. Rashan Gary had three sacks for the Packers, who face the Lions at Lambeau Field on Thursday night. As of early Tuesday morning, most spots were listing Matt LaFleur’s squad as a 1.5-point home underdog.

14-Saints: QB Derek Carr sprained his AC joint in the third quarter and had to leave his team’s one-point loss at Green Bay. He hasn’t been ruled out yet for Sunday’s NFC South showdown at home vs. Tampa Bay. Backup Jameis Winston completed 10-of-16 passes for 101 yards, and he led his team into field-goal range at crunch time. But rookie kicker Blake Grupe, who had made his first six field goals, missed from 46 yards with 1:05 remaining.

15-Patriots: New England was one of my ATS wins on Sunday. The Patriots have won 15 in a row over the Jets after capturing an ugly 15-10 win in the Meadowlands. They now go to Dallas as seven-point road underdogs.

16-Steelers: Without Cam Heyward, TJ Watt has led his team to back-to-back wins vs. Cleveland and at Las Vegas. In three games, Watt has 11 tackles, 12 QB Hits, six sacks, five tackles for loss, two passes broken up, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a fumble recovery for a TD. The Steelers play Sunday at Houston.

17-Jaguars: The Jags have lost 20 of their last 25 games against the Texans, who have won six in a row at Jacksonville and 11 of the last 13. Doug Pederson’s squad will look to avoid a three-game losing streak when it takes on Atlanta in London, where the Jags will stay for two weeks and face the Bills on Oct. 8.

18-Falcons: A 2-0 start with wins over Carolina and Green Bay had some NFL pundits and fans thinking Arthur Smith actually knows what he’s doing. Those dumbasses were wrong. Smith is 16-21 in three seasons and went into a make-a-break campaign thinking Desmond Ridder was the answer at QB. This franchise has only done two things right in the last five years, drafting elite offensive playmakers Kyle Pitts and Drake London. Smith shamefully doesn’t have a clue how to use either stud effectively.

19-Vikings: Minnesota has lost three games by 10 combined points. Now the Vikings have four of their next six games on the road, and the two home games are against the Chiefs and 49ers. Yikes.

20-Colts: Indianapolis has won back-to-back games and sits alone atop the AFC South. The Colts have two new QBs, and they know they can win games with either one. Even better, four of Indy’s next five games are at home.

21-Rams: Since their win at Seattle, L.A. has lost a pair of one-possession games to the Bengals and 49ers, who have made the NFL’s version of the Final Four in each of the two previous seasons. The Rams have been better than expected and after playing Sunday at Indy, they have three home games in a row.

22-Titans: In an embarrassing 27-3 loss at Cleveland, Tennessee managed merely six first downs, 26 rushing yards and 68 passing yards. The Titans will try to bounce back in Week 4 when they host the Bengals.

23-Buccaneers: Despite an ugly loss at home to Philadelphia last night, the Bucs are in a first-place tie in the NFC South with the Saints and Falcons. They’re at New Orleans before their open date that precedes home games against the Lions and Falcons.

24-Jets: Zach Wilson has zero confidence. He’s completed only 52.4 percent of his passes for 467 yards and has 2/4 TD-INT ratio. Wilson has a 17/22 career TD-INT ratio in three seasons.

25-Commanders: After getting spanked at home by Buffalo, Washington can pull back into a first-place tie in the NFC East if it can win at Philadelphia for a second straight season.

26-Cardinals: Arizona is 3-0 ATS and has covered the spread by 27.5 combined points. The Cardinals beat Dallas 28-16 after losing their first two games by seven combined points. Josh Dobbs had completed 72.0 percent of his throws for 549 yards and two TDs without an interception. He also has 93 rushing yards, one TD and a 7.8 yards-per-carry average.

27-Raiders: Assuming Bill Belichick isn’t going to retire in the next year or two (that might not be a safe assumption?), at least Josh McDaniels knows he has a spot on the Patriots’ staff when he gets fired for a second time as a head coach.

28-Texans: CJ Stroud enjoyed a breakout performance by throwing for 280 yards and two TDs without an interception in a 37-17 win at Jacksonville. Another rookie, WR Tank Dell, had five catches for 145 yards and one TD just one week after hauling in seven receptions for 72 yards and one TD.

29-Panthers: Carolina is 0-3 SU and 0-2-1 ATS after losing 37-27 at Seattle. Kicker Eddy Pineiro made the first seven field-goal attempts of his career from 50 yards or longer until missing a 55-yarder against the Seahawks. Nevertheless, he’s 7-of-8 on FGAs this year with six of those makes coming from 40 yards out or farther.

30-Giants: With the exception of the final 18:27 of their comeback win at Arizona in Week 2, the Giants have been outscored 98-19 this season.

31-Broncos: What the hell was Sean Payton thinking when he took this job? He could’ve been Justin Herbert’s next head coach. Anyway, the Broncos have allowed fourth quarter leads to get away in home losses to the Raiders and Commanders, and they’re now 0-3 after eating a 70-burger without ketchup in the heat of Miami.

32-Bears: What a disaster! Chicago has lost all three of its games by double-digit margins. The Bears are ranked #31 in scoring defense, #30 in total defense, #30 in pass defense, #29 in total offense, #31 in passing yards and #27 in scoring with its 15.7 points-per-game average. The good news is that three of the next four games are at home, and two of those foes are currently winless Denver and Minnesota.