Fans knew by early Sunday morning that Week 4 was going to have an odd impact on the power rankings heading into Week 4.
After all, the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars traveled to London for a 9:30 a.m. ET game and things didn't exactly go as planned.
The Jaguars dropped 44 points on the respected Ravens defense via four touchdown passes from Blake Bortles, while their offense ran 68 plays compared to 54 for Baltimore.
One week doesn't throw the Jaguars wildly back up the board, especially when it feels like the Ravens are regressing to the team they really are. But it does have an interesting impact on the rankings when combined with the rest of the action, so let's take a look at an updated offering.
2017 NFL Power Rankings and Super Bowl Odds
|1||Kansas City Chiefs (28-1)|
|2||New England Patriots (13-4)|
|3||Atlanta Falcons (12-1)|
|4||Green Bay Packers (8-1)|
|5||Oakland Raiders (10-1)|
|6||Tennessee Titans (33-1)|
|7||Seattle Seahawks (12-1)|
|8||Philadelphia Eagles (40-1)|
|9||Detroit Lions (66-1)|
|10||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (33-1)|
|11||Denver Broncos (28-1)|
|12||Washington Redskins (50-1)|
|13||Dallas Cowboys (14-1)|
|14||Pittsburgh Steelers (12-1)|
|15||Los Angeles Rams (150-1)|
|16||Houston Texans (25-1)|
|17||New Orleans Saints (50-1)|
|18||Buffalo Bills (150-1)|
|19||Minnesota Vikings (40-1)|
|20||Carolina Panthers (25-1)|
|21||Jacksonville Jaguars (100-1)|
|22||Arizona Cardinals (33-1)|
|23||Miami Dolphins (75-1)|
|24||Indianapolis Colts (50-1)|
|25||Chicago Bears (150-1)|
|26||Baltimore Ravens (50-1)|
|27||Cincinnati Bengals (50-1)|
|28||New York Giants (18-1)|
|29||Los Angeles Chargers (50-1)|
|30||New York Jets (300-1)|
|31||Cleveland Browns (300-1)|
|32||San Francisco 49ers (300-1)|
|author's opinion, odds via OddsShark|
- Kansas City Chiefs (3-0)
- Buffalo Bills (2-1)
- Pittsburgh Steelers (2-1)
- Tennessee Titans (2-1)
- Jacksonville Jaguars (2-1)
- Baltimore Ravens (2-1)
- New England Patriots (2-1)
- Denver Broncos (2-1)
- Oakland Raiders (2-1)
- Miami Dolphins (1-1)
- Indianapolis Colts (1-2)
- New York Jets (1-2)
- Houston Texans (1-2)
- Los Angeles Chargers (0-3)
- Cleveland Browns (0-3)
- Cincinnati Bengals (0-3)
- Atlanta Falcons (3-0)
- Minnesota Vikings (2-1)
- Philadelphia Eagles (2-1)
- Los Angeles Rams (2-1)
- Detroit Lions (2-1)
- Washington Redskins (2-1)
- Carolina Panthers (2-1)
- Green Bay Packers (2-1)
- Dallas Cowboys (1-1)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1)
- Arizona Cardinals (1-1)
- New Orleans Saints (1-2)
- Seattle Seahawks (1-2)
- Chicago Bears (1-2)
- New York Giants (0-3)
- San Francisco 49ers (0-3)
Worth a Look: Philadelphia Eagles
Time to pay attention to those Philadelphia Eagles.
Though a loss, Week 2 was perhaps even more impressive because the Eagles walked into Arrowhead Stadium and came up just short against the Kansas City Chiefs, 27-20. On Sunday, the New York Giants finally came to life, yet the Eagles still escaped the NFC East battle with a 27-24 win.
At the most important position of all, Carson Wentz has looked good under center, throwing five touchdowns against two interceptions and showing the improvisation necessary to carry an offense:
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Carson Wentz with the dance moves 👀 (via @NFL) https://t.co/nTOyvgUXdY2017-9-24 17:50:54
Even better, the Eagles finally got the running game going, with Wendell Smallwood gaining 71 yards and LeGarrette Blount 67 on 12 carries apiece. Keep in mind the Eagles also have an elite pass-rushing defensive front thanks to Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox, who have 4.5 of the team's eight sacks so far.
With two wins in the NFC East already and the Dallas Cowboys struggling, the Eagles make for quite the intriguing early-season wager for those looking to take a bit of a risk on the potential of a bigger payout.
Abandon Ship: Pittsburgh Steelers
The Pittsburgh Steelers might be 2-1, but one can't help but feel like it is one of the most misleading records in the NFL right now.
In Week 1, it was easy to give Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers a pass for a 21-18 escape of the now 0-3 Cleveland Browns. In Week 2, the Steelers went on to beat the struggling Minnesota Vikings without their starting quarterback, 23-17.
On the road again in Week 3, the Steelers lost an overtime shocker to the rebuilding Chicago Bears on a last-second touchdown run, 23-17—a loss Big Ben tried to blame on himself.
"I think I was off today," Roethlisberger said, according to the Associated Press (via ESPN.com). "For whatever reason, I did not make all the throws I normally would and make the plays I normally should."
Off or not, Big Ben didn't make his defense cough up a passing touchdown to Mike Glennon or let Jordan Howard rush for 138 yards and two touchdowns on a six-yard-per-carry average. It didn't let rookie Tarik Cohen rush for 78 yards on 12 looks, good for a 6.5 per-carry average.
Heck, Big Ben's play doesn't explain losing to a team that only completed one pass to a wideout all day.
The Steelers have droves of problems now worth talking about. The defense is struggling. Nobody is stepping up behind Antonio Brown. Le'Veon Bell only averages 3.5 yards per carry right now.
In the past, it was easy to shrug this off and still roll with the Steelers. It's also worth pointing out the AFC North looks miserable. But if the division is so bad, it only paints a bleaker picture about the Steelers considering their Week 1 struggles against the Browns.
Remain Calm: Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are going to be just fine.
Yes, the team just needed overtime to escape a winless Cincinnati Bengals team. Yes, the Packers visited the Atlanta Falcons and took a 34-23 loss back in Week 2.
No, it isn't worth panicking.
It's hard to when a quarterback throws passes like this:
Green Bay Packers @packers
What a throw, what a catch! @AaronRodgers12 to @JordyRNelson for the CLUTCH TD! #CINvsGB #GoPackGo https://t.co/GXtD4WmT9F2017-9-24 23:30:08
Winless or not, the Bengals have an elite defense, so Aaron Rodgers casually throwing for 313 yards and three touchdowns against one interception is a big deal. Keep in mind he did it with backup offensive tackles in the game, which is the biggest reason the team went to Atlanta and lost a duel with Matt Ryan.
Provided his offensive line gets healthy and his defense puts up strong performances like it has in two out of three games so far, Rodgers shouldn't have any problems leading the Packers back to the playoffs. The Vikings and Detroit Lions both have 2-1 records as well, but the Packers went 3-1 against both last year and Rodgers seems like he's backed by an even better defense this time.
For those on the hunt for a contender with a better payout than most, it is hard to ignore Rodgers and the Packers after three weeks.