Matt Tabeek's Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings: Rams, Chiefs 1-2; Titans jump while Falcons fall

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Well, well, well.

We’re officially a quarter into the 2018 season and the contenders are slowly starting to separate themselves from the pretenders. And if you look a little closer at some of the results week to week, you’ll see some teams that are better than their records indicate … and some that are getting it done with smoke and mirrors. 

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So, what does it all mean for this week's Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings? A lot more shaking around in the middle, but not so much at the top and bottom. With 12 games left to go, this thing is wide open. Check out my rankings as we head into Week 5 below, where I reference one of the most bizarre endings to a game I've ever seen:

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RANK TEAM TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS (Sept. 25)
1 Rams (4-0) Todd Gurley said the Rams “can’t be beat right now.” I’m starting to agree with him. 1
2 Chiefs (4-0) In five career games, Patrick Mahomes has won twice in Mile High as Chiefs QB. Unreal. 2
3 Jaguars (3-1) I’ll still take this defense over Chicago’s, and this team if Bortles keeps playing that way. 4
4 Saints (3-1) I thought they might slip up in New York after an emotional win. Nope. Kamara is a legit star. 6
5 Packers (2-1-1) The defense tallied seven sacks, pitched a shutout and Rodgers played like Rodgers. Scary. 8
6 Bengals (3-1) I keep saying this might be the best team in the AFC North. And Dalton and Co. win again. 11
7 Bears (3-1) OK, we know the defense is nasty. But where did this come from, Mitchell Trubisky? Holy cow. 12
8 Patriots (2-2) Another typical September for the Patriots. Sit down, Miami, the Pats still own the AFC East. 13
9 Panthers (2-1) BYE WEEK. Next: Home game vs. the Giants. 9
10 Vikings (1-2-1) Do not be fooled by their record. They went toe-to-toe with the Rams on a short week out in LA. 7
11 Titans (3-1) Knocked off Carson Wentz and the Eagles for a third straight win. You have my attention, Titans. 19
12 Eagles (2-2) Tough loss in overtime on the road. Still, Carson Wentz is starting to find his groove again. 3
13 Ravens (3-1) The Ravens did something the Falcons hope to this week: Beat the Steelers at Heinz Field. 14
14 Dolphins (3-1) A ton of teams would take 3-1 right now, but Miami still isn’t ready to challenge for the East crown. Not yet, anyway. 10
15 Redskins (3-1) BYE WEEK. Next: Road game vs. the Saints. 23
16 Seahawks (2-2) The won a game they were supposed to win – squeaked by the Cardinals. They lost Earl Thomas though. 17
17 Chargers (2-2) It’s Raiders-Chargers week. All I can think about is the Holy Roller, one of the craziest endings to a game. Ever. 20
18 Cowboys (2-2) They let Dak Prescott throw the ball down the field and fed Zeke the ball. They won. Amazing. 21
19 Steelers (1-2-1) They are sitting at 1-2-1 and coming off a tough division loss to their rivals. The Falcons know what they’re facing. 15
20 Buccaneers (2-2) I wonder what Bucs fans will remember more fondly 10 years from now, the FitzMagic run or the Winston era? 5
21 Falcons (1-3) The offense is rolling but the defense is taking on water. This team can be dangerous if they can fix the latter. 16
22 Browns (1-2-1) As Bill Parcells always said, “You are what you are.” At least the Baker Mayfield era provides some hope. 22
23 Broncos (2-2) They were this close to picking up an impressive win over the Chiefs. They’re still not there yet. 18
24 Lions (1-3) They’d better lick their wounds in a hurry because the rival Packers are coming into town. 27
25 Giants (1-3) I thought they might catch the Saints at just the right time, but no. This team is a year or two away. 26
26 Raiders (1-3) Jon Gruden finally picked up his first win since returning to the sidelines. Big one vs. the Bolts next. 30
27 Texans (1-3) That took way longer than expected, but they picked up win No. 1. The Battle for Texas is up next. 31
28 Colts (1-3) Tough loss in overtime to the Texans. Up next is the Patriots. Remember when that game (Peyton vs. Brady) was must-see TV? Seems like forever ago. 25
29 Jets (1-3) Ever since that dominating win over the Lions, they’ve looked like, well, a team with a rookie quarterback under center. 24
30 49ers (1-3) Even before they landed Jimmy G, this team has been competitive under Kyle Shanahan. They continue to be without him. 29
31 Bills (1-3) I’m starting to think a different team showed up in Minnesota two weeks ago. 28
32 Cardinals (0-4) The Josh Rosen Era is underway and, hey, they hung in there. More David Johnson. More David Johnson. 32

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