The Times’ NFL rankings (after Week 4)
by Lance Pugmire
The top and bottom teams remain the same, but there is a lot of change in between in our rankings. Jets, Giants take a tumble while Redskins and Rams climb higher.
Up: Redskins + 6 | Down: Jets - 6
Another test of will starting at own 1-yard line and driving to winning field goal with barely more than a minute remaining.
Putting AFC South away. Knocked out opposing quarterback, brought back two picks for TDs with no turnovers themselves in rout.
Yes, that Kevin Kolb has been the man under pressure, delivering tying TD pass to Andre Roberts on fourth down. Go to Rams Thursday.
Experience probably gives them an edge over Houston as most complete AFC team, tougher division will challenge matching Texans’ record.
Back to business: Dominated more than 3,000 miles from home by shutting out Jets, running for 245, limiting hosts to 112 yards passing.
Gave up a lot of yards to a winless football team, but QB Rodgers stared down Brees as team set aside downer of replacement refs’ gaffe.
Going down to Dallas and taking the ball away five times en route to blowout win with solid Cutler outing makes them force.
Down at Buffalo, sprung out running game during six straight TD drives and collected six takeaways to show who’s division boss.
Letting LeSean McCoy carry load and stopping turnovers makes this team a definite contender, and doesn’t hurt to have Giants’ number.
Pass rush and front-seven work overall turned Chiefs into six-turnover mess at home. This is difference between now and last two seasons.
Philadelphia mental block worth noting, but narrow outcome underlines importance of health. Get Cleveland at home this week.
Soft touch Oakland proves QB Manning can pick apart non-elite foes as he did in 30-for-38 effort. Another elite (New England) on Sunday.
Have to doubt ability outside of Pacific Northwest after loss to Rams, as rookie QB Russell Wilson threw three INTs. Now they go to Carolina.
Right where they deserve to be in division after playing so absent-minded at home Monday. Bye week arrives with an efficiency overhaul needed.
Compromised running game will be tested by Eagles after shutting down world champs. No excuses with bye-week rest and being home.
Could be ranked higher, but beating up on woeful Jaguars doesn’t impress much. Still, had six sacks, INT with makeshift defense.
Surprise NFC North leaders protect football, have solid ground game and special teams and just won at Detroit. Sleeper no more.
K Greg Zuerlein boots FGs of 58, 60 to show any venture inside opponents’ 40 means points. Against Arizona Thursday, can they protect Bradford?.
Dynamic Robert Griffin III wills team to road win in Tampa, his gifts put to extreme test at home Sunday vs. Falcons.
No excuse for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick throwing four INTs to clinch gigantic second-half fade against Patriots. At least RBs are back.
Proven talent on the roster deserves this bye week to figure things out, starting with inept run game and offensive line play.
A favorable spot after such a rotten performance. Coach Rex Ryan back to drawing board, but with Revis, WR Holmes out, plans running dry.
Showed spirit in tight loss at Atlanta, but lacked mettle late with QB Newton’s lost fumble and allowing deciding deep ball.
Surprisingly sloppy, lethargic in important division home game and now they have to deal with Ravens. In big trouble.
A spark with QB Josh Freeman finding WR Vincent Jackson for 100 yards, but run game vanishes and defense surrenders deciding score.
Glimmers of hope by taking Arizona into OT, with QB Ryan Tannehill throwing for 431 yards, with 253 to WR Brian Hartline.
QB Brees says team’s “going to do something.” True: miss playoffs. He can break Unitas’ consecutive games with TD record, though.
Leukemia diagnosis removes new coach Chuck Pagano from team for indefinite period. Interim coach Bruce Arians assigned Packers Sunday.
Injury loss of QB Jake Locker looks bad, as does two blowout road losses in three games. At least RB Chris Johnson got untracked.
Disappearing act in second half at Denver (outscored 27-0) leads to bye absence this week. Defensive lapse a dark fear moving forward.
Couldn’t move ball against patchwork Bengals’ defense and showing few signs they’re anything but a bad team
Appear doomed for lopsided result as they travel to Giants after promising showing at Ravens. Nowhere to go but up from here.