NFL Power Rankings After Week 4

Recap of the top five teams in the NFL power rankings.

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Joseph Salcido, Editor-In-Chief

Week 4 of the 2022 NFL season has come to a close, with a better picture of which teams are shaping out to be genuine Super Bowl contenders. Coming into week one, we had five teams at the top of the power rankings No. 1 Buffalo Bills, No.2 Los Angeles Rams, No. 3 San Francisco 49ers, No. 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and No. 5 the Cincinnati Bengals. With week four finished, only the Bills remain in the top five sitting at No.2, replaced by the Philadelphia Eagles for the number one spot.

Philadelphia has finished four weeks of football looking like the most complete team in the NFL as the number two team in total yards per game at 435, with the third-best team defensively allowing only 277 yards a game. They are also top five in sacks, passing, and turnovers. With this much success, they look to be in great shape for the rest of the season. With the second easiest schedule in the league and MVP candidate Jalen Hurts at the helm, Philadelphia should have no issues making the playoffs this season with a first-round bye.

Buffalo came out this past Sunday with a dominant comeback win over the Baltimore Ravens after being down 17 coming out of the second half. Josh Allen did what he does and put together a handful of impressive drives to lead his team back to capture a 23-20 win. After star safety Jordan Poyer intercepted Lamar Jackson, halting the Ravens’ ability to extend their lead, the Bills drove down to kick the game-winning field goal in the last seconds. Josh Allen and the Bills continue to show their Championship abilities.

Coming in at number three is the Kansas City Chiefs after their impressive win over Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. Patrick homes put on a show for prime-time Sunday Night Football as he made defensive coordinator Tod Bowles’ defense look ridiculous, shredding them up and down the field. Tom Brady did everything he could to keep up with the young star, but it was not enough as Mahomes showed everyone that there is a new sheriff in town, and he has no plans of slowing down.

The Green Bay Packers are coming in at number four, and after some solid performances the past three weeks, the Packers look to be gaining some traction, and the pieces are finally coming together. The Packers faced off against the New England Patriots, who were without their young quarterback Mac Jones and eventually had to finish the game with their third-string QB. It was a close game that found the two teams in overtime, but Aaron Rodgers, as always, found a way to pull out a win. The Packers must get their receivers to step up soon because the defense can only hold out for so long. Fellow Griffin Richard Farley had some choice words for the Packers being in the top five, saying,

“I don’t think they belong their because there are plenty of other teams that are better like the Ravens and the Rams, I don’t believe that the Packers could beat either of those teams.”

Last but not least is the San Francisco 49er’s and while I do not agree with this position, they did knock off the defending Super Bowl champs. It was an excellent night for QB Jimmy Garoppolo and his offense, as they looked like they were finally finding some footing with the running and passing game in fine form. Defense was the star of the night with seven sacks on Matthew Stafford and a game-winning fourth-quarter-pick-six by safety Talanoa Hufanga. I still believe the 49er’s have a lot to prove to make me believe that they belong here, but if they can keep this performance consistent in their next games, then they will have my confidence.