Updated: September 23, 2014, 3:08 PM ET

2014 NFL Power Rankings: Week 4


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We wrote here last week that Denver's hold on No. 1 was tenuous, and that certainly rang true in Week 3.

Seattle's latest victory over the Broncos -- a 26-20 overtime thriller -- put the champs back on top, where they resided the first two weeks of the season. Our Power Panel (a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities) now has Cincinnati at No. 2, followed by Denver, Philadelphia and Arizona. The Bengals and Eagles both received first-place votes.

The 49ers and Packers, popular Super Bowl picks in the preseason, are out of the top 10 for the first time. They were bumped by the Falcons (up eight spots to No. 9) and Bears (No. 8).

Does the Seahawks' new reign have legs? Thanks to a Week 4 bye, Russell Wilson & Co. have built-in security for the short term -- a far cry from what Denver faced a week ago. Washington gets the next crack at Seattle in Week 5.

Note: The comments below are provided by ESPN Stats & Information.

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Rk(LW)TeamRec
1(2)
Seattle
2-1-0
Russell Wilson's career record against Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady is 7-0. After Sunday's overtime win, the Seahawks are still clearly the team to beat.
2(3)
Cincinnati
3-0-0
Andy Dalton is the only qualified quarterback in the league who hasn't been sacked this season. That, and a league-best plus-6 turnover margin, helps explain Cincinnati's hot start.
3(1)
Denver
2-1-0
Tough overtime loss in Seattle, but now the Broncos get two weeks to prepare for hosting the Cardinals. Peyton Manning's next touchdown makes him the second with 500 career TD passes.
4(4)
Philadelphia
3-0-0
The Eagles have a takeaway in 15 consecutive games, the longest active streak. Philadelphia is the first team in NFL history to start 3-0 after trailing by double digits in all three.
5(9)
Arizona
3-0-0
Michael Floyd? Larry Fitzgerald? Nope. It's John Brown who has caught three of the Cardinals' four passing touchdowns this season, including two in Sunday's win.
6(10)
San Diego
2-1-0
The Chargers won despite averaging 2.3 yards per rush, the third straight game they've rushed for fewer than 3.0 yards per rush. Injuries at running back aren't helping.
7(5)
New England
2-1-0
The defense has covered for Tom Brady's shaky start (24th in QBR). New England has eight takeaways, tied with the Bears for the most of any team in the league.
8(11)
Chicago
2-1-0
Ryan Mundy beat Chris Johnson to the end zone for a pick-six Monday. Since 2010, the Bears have returned 19 interceptions for touchdowns, six more than the next closest team.
9(17)
Atlanta
2-1-0
Julio Jones on Thursday caught a career-high five passes thrown at least 15 yards downfield, for 120 yards, most such receptions in a game by any receiver this season.
10(6)
Carolina
2-1-0
Carolina allowed 244 rush yards between the tackles Sunday, the most of any team in a single game in Stats & Info's data set (since 2006). Baltimore may try a similar approach.
11(19)
Pittsburgh
2-1-0
LeGarrette Blount and Le'Veon Bell each topped 100 rush yards Sunday night, Pittsburgh's first game with two 100-yard rushers since Oct. 26, 1986 (Walter Abercrombie and Earnest Jackson).
12(18)
Detroit
2-1-0
Detroit has allowed 2.8 yards per rush, second-best in the league. How will the defense cope with the loss of Stephen Tulloch, placed on injured reserve (torn ACL) Monday?
13(13)
Baltimore
2-1-0
Joe Flacco is averaging 9.1 yards per attempt targeting Steve Smith Sr. and 4.9 to all other targets. Smith is stepping up while namesake Torrey has stumbled (caught six of 15 targets).
14(15)
Indianapolis
1-2-0
Andrew Luck was the first quarterback in ESPN Stats & Info's data set (since 2006) to attempt at least five passes deeper than 20 yards downfield without an incompletion (6-of-6).
15(16)
New Orleans
1-2-0
Minnesota had no answer for short passes. Drew Brees was 16-of-16 for 126 yards on balls thrown 5 yards or less downfield Sunday, including 6-of-6 targeting Brandin Cooks.
16(7)
San Francisco
1-2-0
San Francisco has scored three points after halftime this season. The 49ers have been outscored by 49 points in the second half this season, worst in the league.
17(8)
Green Bay
1-2-0
Aaron Rodgers posted a 58.3 completion percentage and 5.8 yards per attempt average against Detroit's standard pressure, both career lows for Rodgers against the Lions.
18(22)
Dallas
2-1-0
The Cowboys finished the game with more designed rushing plays (28) than designed drop-backs (24), improving the team's record to 8-1 under Jason Garrett when more rushes than passes are called.
19(12)
Buffalo
2-1-0
Buffalo needs more from EJ Manuel. Manuel's QBR is 31.1, 32nd out of 35 qualified quarterbacks. Buffalo is the only team above .500 with negative offensive and defensive efficiencies.
20(14)
Houston
2-1-0
All three of Ryan Fitzpatrick's interceptions Sunday came on throws at least 15 yards downfield. The Giants' defense had just two picks on deep throws in its previous 10 games.
21(21)
NY Jets
1-2-0
The Jets had six red zone drives Monday, most since 2008. The Jets scored a touchdown on only one of those drives, their worst rate in a game since 2001 (min. five red zone drives).
22(27)
Kansas City
1-2-0
It certainly wasn't flashy. All 25 of Alex Smith's passes traveled fewer than 10 yards downfield. His longest pass attempt of the game was thrown 8 yards downfield.
23(25)
Washington
1-2-0
The Redskins have dropped seven straight divisional games, the longest active streak in the league. Kirk Cousins looked pretty good, though (30-of-48, 427 yards, three touchdowns, one interception).
24(23)
Cleveland
1-2-0
Terrence West is one of 10 running backs with at least 200 yards this season. He's been an effective complement to Brian Hoyer in Cleveland's surprisingly productive offense (10th in points).
25(20)
Miami
1-2-0
Ryan Tannehill's minus-4 passing yards against added pressure are the fewest in a game since 2012 (Brady Quinn, Week 8 vs. Raiders). How long is his leash with Joe Philbin?
26(30)
NY Giants
1-2-0
Better late than never. Eli Manning and Victor Cruz were finally on the same page, as Cruz caught his first touchdown pass since Week 4 of last season.
27(24)
Tennessee
1-2-0
On throws deeper than 5 yards downfield, Jake Locker was 6-of-20 for 98 yards and two interceptions Sunday. When Locker plays like that, there will be more losses to follow.
28(28)
St. Louis
1-2-0
Austin Davis has posted a 66.7 Total QBR, 14th in the league and ahead of nine of the past 13 Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks (Flacco, E. Manning, Rodgers, Roethlisberger and Brady).
29(26)
Minnesota
1-2-0
With Matt Cassel's injury, Teddy Bridgewater is the Vikings' starter for Week 4. He'll likely be going forward without Kyle Rudolph as well as Adrian Peterson.
30(32)
Oakland
0-3-0
Better performance, same result. Oakland has lost nine straight games, the longest active streak in the league, and 15 straight in the Eastern time zone (sixth-longest in Super Bowl era).
31(29)
Tampa Bay
0-3-0
It didn't matter who played quarterback. The Falcons held the Buccaneers to 2-of-13 passing for 48 yards and an interception on passes thrown more than 10 yards downfield Thursday.
32(31)
Jacksonville
0-3-0
This season, the Jaguars are last in point margin per game, yards margin per game, Total QBR, time of possession and third-down conversion rate. It's Blake Bortles time.

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