NFL Power Rankings: Where Your Team Stands Heading into Week 4

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NFL Power Rankings: Where Your Team Stands Heading into Week 4
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With Week 4 of the 2012 NFL season already upon us, it’s time to find out where your favorite team stands after three games.

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There are many teams playing great so far this year, but there are just as many talented teams underachieving.

With that said, there have been good teams, there have been bad teams and there have been ugly teams.

Where does your team fall?

 

The Good

Atlanta Falcons

After three weeks of regular-season football, the Atlanta Falcons are the best team in the NFC and boast the most talented offense in the league.

With the further development of Julio Jones and Matt Ryan—along with the stellar play of veterans on both sides of the ball like Tony Gonzalez and Asante Samuel—Atlanta is the team to beat in the NFC South and beyond.

The Falcons face a tough divisional battle in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers, though, but they should be able to dismantle their rival and continue their climb to the No. 1 spot in the power rankings.

 

The Bad

New Orleans Saints

After losing the first three games of the season, the New Orleans Saints team destroyed by the offseason bounty scandal has proven that they aren’t as strong as they were in 2011.

With a pass defense ranked 25th and a rush defense ranked 32nd, it doesn’t matter how good Drew Brees and the offense can be. The Saints have allowed 40, 35 and 27 points over the first three games respectively, but New Orleans' offense just can’t make up for the points its defense has allowed.

It has been bad enough for New Orleans, but the issues only grow as their Week 4 opponent, the Green Bay Packers, come into the game 1-3 and looking to avenge one of the most controversial losses in NFL history.

The Saints will start 0-4.

 

The Ugly

Philadelphia Eagles

The Philadelphia Eagles came into the 2012 season as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, but instead have turned the ball over 12 times—six interceptions and six fumbles—and have looked dreadful on the offensive side.

Despite the fact that they have started the season 2-1, the Eagles play the New York Giants on Sunday night in what could be a make-or-break game for the franchise.

With a Giants' pass rush that knows how to get at Michael Vick, Philadelphia could be in serious trouble.

Philadelphia’s fifth-ranked pass attack and eighth-ranked rushing attack prove the talent is there, but they just turn the ball over far too much. With their elite defense, they are just a few instances of ball protection away from being an elite team.

Easier said than done, though.

 

NFL Power Rankings

Team

Record

1. Houston Texans 

3-0

2. Atlanta Falcons

3-0

3. Baltimore Ravens

2-1

4. San Francisco 49ers

2-1

5. Arizona Cardinals

3-0

6. New York Giants

2-1

7. Green Bay Packers

1-2

8. New England Patriots

1-2

9. Philadelphia Eagles

2-1

10. Seattle Seahawks

2-1

11. Cincinnati Bengals

2-1

12. Chicago Bears

2-1

13. Dallas Cowboys

2-1

14. San Diego Chargers

2-1 

15. Denver Broncos

1-2

16. Pittsburgh Steelers

1-2

17. New York Jets 

2-1 

18. Detroit Lions

1-2

19. Buffalo Bills

2-1 

20. Minnesota Vikings

2-1

21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

1-2

22. Washington Redskins

1-2

23. Tennessee Titans

1-2 

24. Carolina Panthers

1-2

25. St. Louis Rams

1-2

26. Kansas City Chiefs

1-2

27. Oakland Raiders 

1-2 

28. New Orleans Saints

0-3

29. Miami Dolphins

1-2 

30. Jacksonville Jaguars

1-2 

31. Indianapolis Colts

1-2

32. Cleveland Browns

0-3

 

Check back for more on the National Football League as it comes, and don’t miss Bleacher Report’s NFL page to get your fill of all things football.

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