NFL Power Rankings Week 4: 2017-18 Conference Standings and Super Bowl Odds

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistSeptember 25, 2017

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 24:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers drops back to pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lambeau Field on September 24, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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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

RankTeam
1Kansas City Chiefs (28-1)
2New England Patriots (13-4)
3Atlanta Falcons (12-1)
4Green Bay Packers (8-1)
5Oakland Raiders (10-1)
6Tennessee Titans (33-1)
7Seattle Seahawks (12-1)
8Philadelphia Eagles (40-1)
9Detroit Lions (66-1)
10Tampa Bay Buccaneers (33-1)
11Denver Broncos (28-1)
12Washington Redskins (50-1)
13Dallas Cowboys (14-1)
14Pittsburgh Steelers (12-1)
15Los Angeles Rams (150-1)
16Houston Texans (25-1)
17New Orleans Saints (50-1)
18Buffalo Bills (150-1)
19Minnesota Vikings (40-1)
20Carolina Panthers (25-1)
21Jacksonville Jaguars (100-1)
22Arizona Cardinals (33-1)
23Miami Dolphins (75-1)
24Indianapolis Colts (50-1)
25Chicago Bears (150-1)
26Baltimore Ravens (50-1)
27Cincinnati Bengals (50-1)
28New York Giants (18-1)
29Los Angeles Chargers (50-1)
30New York Jets (300-1)
31Cleveland Browns (300-1)
32San Francisco 49ers (300-1)
author's opinion, odds via OddsShark

         

Conference Standings

AFC

  • 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)

NFC

  • 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 

PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 24:  Corey Clement #30 of the Philadelphia Eagles is congratulated by teammate  Carson Wentz #11 after Clement scored in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants on September 24, 2017  at Lincoln Financial Field in Phila
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Time to pay attention to those Philadelphia Eagles.  

At first, the Eagles blowing past the Washington Redskins 30-17 in Week 1 made sense, even on the road as Kirk Cousins tried to figure out his offense without Pierre Garcon and DeSean Jackson

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: 

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

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 24:    Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers calls out a formation against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 24, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Steelers 23-17 in overtime. (Photo by Jonat
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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

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 24:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers rolls out looking to pass during the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Lambeau Field on September 24, 2017 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Imag
Stacy Revere/Getty Images

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: 

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. 

              

Stats courtesy of NFL.com. Odds courtesy of OddsShark

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