Bair's NFL Week 4 Power Rankings: Rams take top spot, Steelers fall and Falcons get a bump

The top half's tightly packed with quality, as Packers, Raiders surge up NFL hierarchy

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The Super Bowl champs finally lost. It had been a long while, but Tom Brady and the Buccaneers fell to the Rams in Los Angeles in what could be an NFC title preview.

The Falcons won for the first time in a while, thanks to a comeback win over the New York Giants. That moved them up a few ticks, not much more considering the competition. There were a few big moves, which is expected early in the season without much of a body of work to rely on.

Things will settle in coming weeks but, right now, we've got some shuffling.

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Let's take a look at the NFL power rankings heading into Week 4:

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Los Angeles Rams
I was never a believer in Matt Stafford. Changing my mind a bit watching him work with Sean McVay.
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bucs defense isn’t cranking. The Bucs still have Brady. Super Bowl champs are darn good. A loss to the Rams doesn’t change that.
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Buffalo Bills
Josh Allen has the Bills stampeding after an early loss. The Bills are intimidators.
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Green Bay Packers
37 seconds left with no timeouts. Just enough time for Aaron Rodgers to go win it.
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Las Vegas Raiders
Maxx Crosby’s a name you don’t know. Learn it. That dude can get after the quarterback. Oh, and Derek Carr’s on fire.
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San Francisco 49ers
Gave Rodgers too much time. There’s plenty of time to make up for a Sunday night hiccup.
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Arizona Cardinals
Cardinals score 30-plus points with ease. So many weapons working with Kyler Murray.
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Kansas City Chiefs
Not all 1-2 records are made the same. Chiefs will be just fine.
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Baltimore Ravens
Please drop the goat emoji too often these days. Drop it with regularity regarding Justin Tucker.
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Los Angeles Chargers
Just Herbert is incredible. Just incredible. Bolts beat the Chiefs, and should keep rising up this list.
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Cleveland Browns
Browns have won two straight against the teams on the schedule. Not their fault the opposition’s not great.
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Tennessee Titans
Derrick Henry’s starting to pick up steam. Duck and cover, AFC South, duck and cover.
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Seattle Seahawks
This is an early-season plummet that won’t last long. Seahawks hiccupped. Ho-hum. Still a darn good team.
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Dallas Cowboys
Dak Prescott looked great in the Dallas home opener. And Dan Quinn has that Cowboys defense looking better.
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Carolina Panthers
Sam Darnold still has to prove this hot start isn’t a mirage. And he might not have Christian McCaffrey a little while, helping him do it.
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New Orleans Saints
Such a tough time to rank the middle of the field. Lots of uncertainty after three games. We do know Jameis doesn’t inspire confidence.
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Denver Broncos
I’m trying to Denver’s unbeaten record seriously. With wins against the Jags, Jets and Giants, just can’t do it. Yet.
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Cincinnati Bengals
Don’t really think the Bengals belong this high, but 2-1 is 2-1.
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Minnesota Vikings
Vikings finally show signs of life. Kirk Cousins is having a sneaky good start to the season.
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Pittsburgh Steelers
Can’t figure this Steelers team out, so it’s worth wondering if the bell tolls for Big Ben.
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New England Patriots
It has been a while since he has done it, but Bill Belichick must recall that breaking in a rookie quarterback is hard to do.
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Miami Dolphins
Dolphins are sinking fast without Tua. Sexy playoff pick struggling at the outset.
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Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles looked pretty good in Week 1, which so much new that wasn’t on tape. They’ve been pretty blah ever since.
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Washington Football Team
Vaunted defense got hip checked by Buffalo to the tune of 43 points. Arthur Smith must be seeing opportunity.
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Atlanta Falcons
Falcons get Arthur Smith’s first win with a dramatic, fourth=-quarter comeback. They’ll earn more street cred by starting a winning streak against a soft-er part of the schedule.
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Chicago Bears
Justin Fields had a terrible day at the office. Matt Nagy’s not doing him any favors in the Windy City. Now they’re considering three quarterbacks. What. A. Mess.
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Indianapolis Colts
Quenton Nelson is one of the toughest, baddest dudes in this league. Shame to see him get carted off.
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Detroit Lions
After what the Ravens did to the Lions, Dan Campbell might want to consider a séance. Nothing else can get them off the schneid.
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Houston Texans
Hope the Texans enjoyed that one win over Jaguars. Might be the only one they get.
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New York Giants
One caveat from the Falcons’ first win. The Giants aren’t very good.
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Jacksonville Jaguars
Jets dumpster fire gets Jags up off the NFL’s basement floor. Just barely.
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New York Jets
The Jets have scored 20 points in three games. Yeah. You read that right. There’s nobody worse right now. B-A-D, bad, bad, bad!
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