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Tabeek's NFL Power Rankings: Top five remain intact, Falcons slide

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That's a wrap on Week 3 of the NFL season, and we’re starting to figure out the identities of a lot of these teams.

When it comes to the unbeatens, the Patriots, Chiefs, Rams, Cowboys and Packers are looking more and more like legitimate contenders. Now, as far as the 49ers, Bills and Lions are concerned, well, I’m not buying it. Not yet, anyway. I need to see more.

The top five teams in this week’s Wildly Important NFL Power Rankings remain the same. The biggest difference in the top 10, however, is that the Bears are back – jumping from the 18 spot all the way up to 10th – while the Seahawks take a tumble, down No. 6 to 11th. 

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When it comes to the Falcons, well, we're still in a holding pattern.

A week after moving up to the 12th spot, the Falcons fall back to No. 16 after coming up short in Indianapolis on Sunday. Atlanta, however, find a nice groove in its offense during the second half and Falcons fans can only hope it’s a sign of things to come. What they don’t want to see anymore is the color yellow, as in penalty flags. The Dirty Birds have been flagged 35 times in their first three games.

So, without further ado, it’s time for the Week 4 edition of my power rankings. Enjoy.

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1. Patriots (3-0) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Will the Patriots finally be tested this week? Unbeaten Bills up next. 1
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2. Chiefs (3-0) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Super Mahomes and Co. take on the UNBEATEN Lions next. Wait, what? 2
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3. Rams (3-0) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
It wasn’t pretty, but they did what they had to do in Cleveland. 3
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4. Cowboys (3-0) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
They’ll square off vs. the Saints in NOLA on ‘SNF’ … this should be fun. 4
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5. Packers (3-0) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
They’re on a nice roll right now and host the banged-up Eagles on ‘TNF.’ 5
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6. Saints (2-1) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Who needs Drew Brees? They didn’t against the Seahawks, anyway. 7
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7. Vikings (2-1) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Dalvin Cook might be the best running back in the league right now. 8
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8. Texans (2-1) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Nice win on the road against the Chargers. DeShaun Watson is good at football. 9
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9. 49ers (3-0) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
They squeaked one out against a desperate Steelers team and they’re … 3-0. 10
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10. Bears (2-1) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
There’s the Bears defense we expect to see week in and week out. Watch out. 18
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11. Seahawks (2-1) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
A late rally against Brees-less Saints wasn’t enough. Tough (and rare) home loss. 6
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12. Bills (3-0) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Bills are unbeaten, but we’ll find out what they’re made of this week vs. Patriots. 17
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13. Ravens (2-1) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
They played the Chiefs tough in a hostile environment. Big one vs. Browns next. 11
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14. Colts (2-1) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Jacoby Brissett was dialed in vs. the Falcons. Can they keep it going vs. Raiders? 16
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15. Lions (2-0-1) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Say what you want about the Lions, but they’re unbeaten. They handed it to Philly. 24
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16. Falcons (1-2) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
The offense found a nice groove in second half vs. Indy. A sign of things to come? 12
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17. Eagles (1-2) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
The Eagles are still limping since their visit to Atlanta. Big one vs. the Packers next. 13
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18. Browns (1-2) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Here they are sitting at 1-2 needing a win against their hated rivals on the road. Good luck. 15
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19. Jaguars (1-2) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
They appear to be back on track thanks to a mustached-rookie named Gardner Minshew. 31
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20. Giants (1-2) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Big Blue fans are suddenly feeling less blue now that Daniel Jones is behind center. 28
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21. Buccaneers (1-2) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Speaking of Big Blue, tough home loss. It’s gets even tougher with trip to L.A. up next. 21
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22. Panthers (1-2) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
A feel-good win with backup Kyle Allen leading the charge (four touchdowns!). 22
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23. Chargers (1-2) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
So many close losses … It seems like this happens every single year with the Chargers. 19
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24. Titans (1-2) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
That huge Week 1 win over the Browns seems like a long time ago, doesn’t it? A-T-L next. 14
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25. Raiders (1-2) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Speaking of that oh-so-distant Week 1 … the Raiders have dropped two straight since. 23
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26. Steelers (0-3) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Ever wondered what life without Big Ben would be like? Not great, Bob. 20
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27. Cardinals (0-2-1) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
It’s been a tough rookie season for Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury. Seahawks are looming. 26
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28. Redskins (0-3) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
This is shaping up to be another long season in D.C. A win over the Giants would help. A lot. 25
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29. Jets (0-3) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
The bye week couldn’t get here soon enough for the Jets. 30
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30. Broncos (0-3) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Joe Flacco was sacked six times against the Packers. They’ve got to clean that up in a hurry. 29
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31. Bengals (0-3) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
The worst start by a first-year Bengals coach was Sam Wyche losing his first five in 1984. Just sayin. 27
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32. Dolphins (0-3) TABEEK'S TAKE PREVIOUS
Well, it was at least 10-6 at halftime before the wheels came off. Again. 32
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