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BRIAN BILLICK'S Brian Billick is an acclaimed NFL game analyst for FOX Sports and a Super Bowl-winning coach.

NFL Power Rankings Week 4


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Posted September 25, 2012 04:29 PM EDT

The Texans take over the No. 1 spot — but they might regret it. I've got a line on who's hot and who's not going into Week 4. Enjoy.

Also, watch Brian Billick explain his selections.

+10

Arizona Cardinals

-9

Detroit Lions

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RK Team RECORD CHANGE HIGH/LOW COMMENTS
1

3-0 1 1/14
Ranking the Texans No. 1 overall may be their kiss of death as my previous three first-place teams have now all lost. This is the first 3-0 start in franchise history, and with the Titans and Jets up next on the schedule, they should easily be 5-0 headinExpand Description
Ranking the Texans No. 1 overall may be their kiss of death as my previous three first-place teams have now all lost. This is the first 3-0 start in franchise history, and with the Titans and Jets up next on the schedule, they should easily be 5-0 heading into a showdown with the Packers in Week 6. Collapse Description
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2

3-0 1 1/15
This the Falcons first 3-0 start since 2004, the last season they won a playoff game. The offense has obviously been impressive, but the ball hawking defense is what will separate them from the rest of the NFC. Mike Nolan deserves a ton of credit for reExpand Description
This the Falcons first 3-0 start since 2004, the last season they won a playoff game. The offense has obviously been impressive, but the ball hawking defense is what will separate them from the rest of the NFC. Mike Nolan deserves a ton of credit for rejuvenating this cast of playmakers. Collapse Description
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3

2-1 2 2/10
The Ravens received an inspired performance by Torrey Smith who had a career-high six receptions for 127 yards just 24 hours after his brother's death. Sometimes it is this type of adversity that a team can rally around.
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4

2-1 3 1/17
After facing two of the league's most explosive offensives in the first two weeks, the 49ers' defense looked a little run down against the Vikings. The 49ers will stay in Youngstown, Ohio this week in an attempt to save the team from another cross-countrExpand Description
After facing two of the league's most explosive offensives in the first two weeks, the 49ers' defense looked a little run down against the Vikings. The 49ers will stay in Youngstown, Ohio this week in an attempt to save the team from another cross-country road trip before they play the Jets in New York. Collapse Description
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5

2-1 2 4/18
The Giants have 1,021 yards of total offense over their last two games. 417 of those yards came this past week against Carolina in which they were missing their starting running back and top receiver. Eli is playing the position better than anyone else rExpand Description
The Giants have 1,021 yards of total offense over their last two games. 417 of those yards came this past week against Carolina in which they were missing their starting running back and top receiver. Eli is playing the position better than anyone else right now. Collapse Description
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6

3-0 10 5/29
Very quietly, the Cardinals have now won 10 of their last 12 games, but they aren’t flying under the radar anymore. They will need to continue to find ways to get Larry Fitzgerald the ball no matter if it’s Kolb or Skelton behind center. Outside of the Expand Description
Very quietly, the Cardinals have now won 10 of their last 12 games, but they aren’t flying under the radar anymore. They will need to continue to find ways to get Larry Fitzgerald the ball no matter if it’s Kolb or Skelton behind center. Outside of the Texans, there isn’t a defense in the NFL that is playing more impressive football. Collapse Description
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7

1-2 1 3/12
Yes, the Packers are still ahead of the Seahawks. And yes, you know why.
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8

2-1 5 5/18
The Cowboys were actually somewhat unimpressive in a win over the Buccaneers on Sunday, but they move up by default. Tony Romo looked like Wile E. Coyote peeling himself off the turf after every play.
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9

2-1 1 3/20
Cutler threw an interception and was sacked two times, an improvement from four interceptions and seven sacks the week before. The Bears only converted 29 percent of their third downs, and it is hard to gain any offensive momentum with that many three anExpand Description
Cutler threw an interception and was sacked two times, an improvement from four interceptions and seven sacks the week before. The Bears only converted 29 percent of their third downs, and it is hard to gain any offensive momentum with that many three and outs. Collapse Description
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10

2-1 4 3/20
When you talk about explosive offenses in the NFL, you mention the Packers and the Falcons, but you better start including the Bengals in that conversation as well. For the second consecutive week, the Bengals have scored three touchdowns of 40+ yards. Expand Description
When you talk about explosive offenses in the NFL, you mention the Packers and the Falcons, but you better start including the Bengals in that conversation as well. For the second consecutive week, the Bengals have scored three touchdowns of 40+ yards. Impressive. Collapse Description
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11

2-1 7 1/30
The Eagles may as well start a charity for as much as they are giving the ball away. Michael Vick can be the president. Twelve turnovers in three games is unacceptable, but if anyone can get this thing turned around, it is Andy Reid.
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12

1-2 4 1/12
Just when you think Stevan Ridley is becoming an integral part of the offense, Danny Woodhead gets all the reps. Ridley gave the Patriots a rushing presence in Week 1, it's no coincidence that is the only game they have won this season.
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13

2-1 9 5/31
You all know the story here, but outside of that, this is an impressive defense that demands some attention. They absolutely dominated the Green Bay offensive line in the first half, and the defensive secondary may be the best in the business.
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14

2-1 7 14/30
The Bills were absolutely rolling with CJ Spiller in the backfield, I'm not sure they can keep this tempo with Tashard Choice and with Fred Jackson at less than 100 percent. The more this offense relies of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the more vulnerable it becomesExpand Description
The Bills were absolutely rolling with CJ Spiller in the backfield, I'm not sure they can keep this tempo with Tashard Choice and with Fred Jackson at less than 100 percent. The more this offense relies of Ryan Fitzpatrick, the more vulnerable it becomes. Collapse Description
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15

1-2 6 5/17
The Steelers outgained the Raiders by more than 100 yards on Sunday, but for back-to-back weeks were penalized 10 times in the game. Penalties are killing this team…so is Troy Polamalu and James Harrison standing on the sidelines.
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16

2-1 1 9/28
The Chargers were simply outmatched on Sunday. The Falcons were better in all three phases of the game. Sometimes you just get beat, and that is what happened to the Chargers.
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17

1-2 5 1/23
Peyton Manning may have gone for another 300 yard passing game on Sunday, but I don't think I saw him throw even one tight spiral on the day. He can be even better, and he needs to be.
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18

2-1 10 8/29
Hats off to Christian Ponder. He played his most impressive game as a pro on Sunday. He made plays with his arm, his legs and his eyes. He is one of just two quarterbacks that has started each game and has yet to throw an interception. Expand Description
Hats off to Christian Ponder. He played his most impressive game as a pro on Sunday. He made plays with his arm, his legs and his eyes. He is one of just two quarterbacks that has started each game and has yet to throw an interception. Collapse Description
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19

2-1 2 4/30
Don't let the Jets' win on Sunday confuse you, they still looked awful. I'm not sure if that says more about the Jets or the Dolphins… Oh yeah, Darrelle Revis is out for the year too.
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20

1-2 9 10/28
Heading into the season, I had all but given Matthew Stafford elite quarterback status. Boy was I wrong. He hasn't even looked average, and now has more interceptions than he does touchdowns. Calvin Johnson only has one TD reception on the year, and itExpand Description
Heading into the season, I had all but given Matthew Stafford elite quarterback status. Boy was I wrong. He hasn't even looked average, and now has more interceptions than he does touchdowns. Calvin Johnson only has one TD reception on the year, and it came from Shaun Hill! Collapse Description
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21

1-2 5 11/32
The Chiefs overcame an 18-point deficit to beat the Saints, but still have many areas that need improvement -- most importantly, their red zone efficiency. I'm not sure the Chiefs can count on 233 yards on the ground from Jamaal Charles every week, and tExpand Description
The Chiefs overcame an 18-point deficit to beat the Saints, but still have many areas that need improvement -- most importantly, their red zone efficiency. I'm not sure the Chiefs can count on 233 yards on the ground from Jamaal Charles every week, and they needed every single one of them on Sunday. Collapse Description
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22

1-2 3 8/23
RG3 is going to wear down physically if he continues to take the pounding he took on Sunday. The read option can't be an every-series call in the NFL, defense are just too fast and too instinctive. I'm not saying they can't use his athleticism, because Expand Description
RG3 is going to wear down physically if he continues to take the pounding he took on Sunday. The read option can't be an every-series call in the NFL, defense are just too fast and too instinctive. I'm not saying they can't use his athleticism, because they need to, I'm simply suggesting that they manage it. Collapse Description
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23

1-2 5 9/29
At least Greg Schiano is a man of his word. During his postgame press conference, he said that he wanted to be known for a team that wins game, not a team that goes hard on kneel down plays. Well, I suggest you start winning games then.
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24

1-2 3 16/30
I haven't been kind to Jake Locker in the past, but he deserves a ton of credit for this game. He had his first career 300-yard passing game, even if 71 of them came on a circus catch and run by Nate Washington.
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25

1-2 2 14/32
The Rams failed to reach the redzone even once on Sunday … that says it all right there.
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26

1-2 4 22/32
When Darren McFadden rushes for more than 100 yards, the Raiders are 8-2. This is an entirely different team when he is healthy, but that has been rare. I want to see them do it on the road before I buy in any more though.
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27

1-2 7 15/31
Cam Newton looked like a boy who lost his puppy in his Thursday night postgame press conference. Being dissatisfied after a loss is one thing, but being completely depressed is another. Playing the Thursday night game gives him a mini bye week to clear Expand Description
Cam Newton looked like a boy who lost his puppy in his Thursday night postgame press conference. Being dissatisfied after a loss is one thing, but being completely depressed is another. Playing the Thursday night game gives him a mini bye week to clear his head. Collapse Description
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28

0-3 4 1/28
Only three teams have made the playoffs after starting 0-3 on the season. That gives the Saints a 2.8 percent chance of getting into the postseason this year, I think there are better investment opportunities.
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29

1-2 3 28/32
MJD gives them a chance, and so far, Blaine Gabbert isn't blowing that chance. The Jaguars can beat the Colts like that, but like we saw against Houston, they will struggle when playing the better teams.
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30

1-2 5 2/30
Andrew Luck gives this team a fighting chance, but they just aren't very good right now. The defense struggles to defend the run AND the pass, and that will make for a long season.
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31

1-2 2 14/31
Joe Philbin is really wishing he hadn't called that timeout to "ice" the kicker.
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32

0-3 1 20/32
At least they will have the first pick of the draft to pair with Trent Richardson next year.
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NFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Eagles    3 1 0
Cowboys    3 1 0
Giants    2 2 0
Redskins    1 3 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Cardinals    3 0 0
Seahawks    2 1 0
49ers    2 2 0
Rams    1 2 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Lions    3 1 0
Packers    2 2 0
Vikings    2 2 0
Bears    2 2 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Falcons    2 2 0
Panthers    2 2 0
Saints    1 3 0
Buccaneers    1 3 0
 

AFC STANDINGS

East Division 

TEAM W L T
Bills    2 2 0
Dolphins    2 2 0
Patriots    2 2 0
Jets    1 3 0
 

West Division 

TEAM W L T
Chargers    3 1 0
Broncos    2 1 0
Chiefs    2 2 0
Raiders    0 4 0
 

North Division 

TEAM W L T
Bengals    3 0 0
Ravens    3 1 0
Steelers    2 2 0
Browns    1 2 0
 

South Division 

TEAM W L T
Texans    3 1 0
Colts    2 2 0
Titans    1 3 0
Jaguars    0 4 0