NFL Power Rankings Week 4: Bears fall in rankings despite victory
|Thursday, September 29, 2022, 9:15 AM- -|
An offseason of many roster moves brings us to an NFL with loads of parity, and here is BEARSHQ's third power rankings of the 2022 season.
*We decided to explain the top 16 and the Bears*
1. Philadelphia Eagles 3-0 (up 4)
Philadelphia ended last season on a hot streak and added AJ Brown to an offense that was missing a WR 1, and all of a sudden, the Eagles look like a playoff team. 38 points in week one, a week two blowout on Monday Night Football over the Minnesota Vikings, and a dominating win over the Commanders. Philly looks legit, the best team in the NFL thus far.
2. Miami Dolphins 3-0 (up 4)
The question surrounding the Miami Dolphins is how good Tua can be because the offense that features Tyreek Hill, Jalen Waddle, Chase Edmonds, and Raheem Mostert is loaded with speed. If Tua can tie it all together, Miami looks scary. His six touchdown passes on Sunday in an epic comeback against Baltimore certainly looks like it, and hanging on over the Super Bowl favorite Buffalo Bills makes the Dolphins No. 2.
3. Buffalo Bills 2-1 (down 2)
The Bills are one of the league's best teams and had a heartbreaking end to the postseason a year ago. Josh Allen and the Bills won the AFC East and dominated New England in the playoffs before falling to Kansas City in overtime. Either way, the Bills are primed to own the AFC East and contend in the AFC. They are motivated and showed it in their week one blowout of LA and week two domination of Tennessee, but faltered a bit in week three against Miami.
4. Kansas City Chiefs 2-1 (down 2)
Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs turned a rocky start into a dominating end of the season. Aside from two losses to the Bengals, the Chiefs have not lost since October. However, without Tyreek Hill, the offense will look much different, although the Chiefs did acquire Ju-Ju Smith Schuster, Marquez-Valdez Scantling, and rookie Skyy Moore to an offense with Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce. And that offense was clicking in weeks one and two; the Chiefs are one of the league's best teams — despite dropping a late game to the Colts last week.
5. Green Bay Packers 2-1 (up 4)
For most of the last offseason, the Packers were one of the most questionable teams — and it all depended on reigning NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers. Well, he led the Packers to the No. 1 seed in the NFC before getting upset by the 49ers. Despite Devante Adams, switching teams, Aaron Rodgers makes Green Bay a solid team despite their week one loss and showed why during weeks 2 and 3 — dominating the Bears in primetime and beating the Buccaneers narrowly.
6. Los Angeles Rams 2-1 (down 2)
The LA Rams came into this season as defending champions. Throughout the season, they became improved even more with various acquisitions and have a Super Bowl trophy as a reward for it. They are the champions, so although a choppy week one performance did not prove much, we are not giving up on the Rams. The Rams got back on track Sunday over the Atlanta Falcons and beat Arizona. They are a top-6 team in our rankings.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2-1 (down 4)
So we know the Bucs have a wildly talented offense and a defense with young stars — plus Tom Brady, so this team does not have any flaws — and that was on display Sunday night in Dallas. This week against New Orleans, Tom Brady had some struggles, but the defense came through at the end to make Tampa Bay 2-0. Week three was a step back, losing to Green Bay 14-12.
8. Baltimore Ravens 2-1 (no change)
Baltimore has one of the league's strongest rosters, but they spent most of 2021 as the most injured team in the sport. But this team has speed all over the field, on both sides of the ball, and they know their identity. Led by an MVP in Lamar Jackson, the Ravens have the recipe for success — they need to stay healthy. The Ravens lost a shootout thriller in week two against Miami, but Baltimore is still an excellent team, with MVP Favorite Lamar Jackson leading the way.
9. Los Angeles Chargers 1-2 (down 2)
LA might have had the best off-season in the league. The offense had no problems, but the Chargers struggled to get stops. This year, the Chargers add pass rusher Khalil Mack and shut down corner JC Jackson to a defense that will be getting a healthy Derwin James and Joey Bosa back in 2022. This team might be the most complete in the NFL, and they looked like it handling the Raiders in week one. A step back in week two against KC, where Justin Herbert was injured, and a week three loss where he was not himself will not knock the Chargers too far back in our rankings.
10. Minnesota Vikings 2-1 (no change)
With an offensive-minded head coach and the best wide receiver in football, the Minnesota Vikings look like legit contenders early on. A blowout win of the division rival Green Bay Packers certainly helps, but getting blown out against Philadelphia certainly does not. But keep an eye on Minnesota, as they got back on track in week three over the Lions.
11. Denver Broncos 2-1 (up 4)
Down to the top 11 are the Denver Broncos, a loaded defense and young talented pieces on offense. All the Broncos were missing was a quarterback. Now, with Russell Wilson, they have one. Keep an eye on the Broncos to turn heads in 2022 after dropping their opener to Seattle and barely getting by Houston and San Francisco.
12. San Francisco 49ers 1-2 (down 1)
San Francisco has one of the most talented rosters in the sport and rode their best players to an NFC Championship appearance. The 49ers made the change to Trey Lance. Still, with Kyle Shannahan and the defensive superstars the 49ers have, they are easily one of the NFC's best teams on paper — and with Trey Lance injured, Jimmy G is back under center, so we know what they are, and that is a good team, despite losing to Denver on Sunday.
13. Cincinnati Bengals 1-2 (up 3)
The Bengals were the AFC's representative in the Super Bowl, but it has been a rocky start to the season for Joe Burrow and the Bengals. The Bengals have struggled to keep Burrow upright but still have the makings of a contending team and showed that Sunday against the Jets.
14. Arizona Cardinals 1-2 (up 4)
After looking like the NFL's best team for most of the first half, a dramatic fall-off thanks to injuries left the Cardinals with some question marks. However, Kyler Murray got paid, and the Cardinals added a few pieces to their roster; they are more than good enough to be a top 10 team, even after getting throttled by KC in week 1. Arizona looked dead in the water in week two against Vegas but pulled off a historic comeback to give the Cardinals some life — they did not carry that momentum into week three against LA.
15. Jacksonville Jaguars 2-1 (up 7)
The Jaguars have been a great story early on, as they are no longer the NFL's laughing stock. Blowout wins over the Colts, and the Chargers have us thinking the Jags can be a legit contender for the playoffs this season. The offense has been clicking, and the defense has been good — keep an eye on them.
16. Indianapolis Colts 1-1-1 (up 8)
Finally, into the win column is the Indianapolis Colts. Jonathan Taylor hasn't been himself since week 1, but a gritty come-from-behind win over the Chiefs firmly puts the Colts — who almost made the playoffs last year and have since added Matt Ryan — in our top-16.
17. Las Vegas Raiders 0-3 (no change)
18.New Orleans Saints 1-2 (down 5)
19. Pittsburgh Steelers 1-2 (down 5)
20. Dallas Cowboys 2-1 (no change)
21. New York Giants 2-1 (no change)
22. Chicago Bears 2-1 (down 1) The Bears went into the season with a new coach, a new general manager, a new staff, and a quarterback who many expect to take the next step. Now it's just time for the Bears to upgrade the offensive line, build around Justin Fields, and finally, show some promise on the fi, which they did in their week one win over the 49ers. Week 2 against Green Bay was a step in the wrong direction, and despite beating Houston in week 3, the Bears have not looked too good.
23. Tennessee Titans 1-2 (up 2)
24. Detroit Lions 1-2 (down 2)
25. New England Patriots 1-2 (down 7)
26. Cleveland Browns 2-1 (no change)
27. Carolina Panthers 1-2 (up 3)
28. Washington Football Team 1-2 (down 1)
29. Atlanta Falcons 1-2 (up 3)
30. Houston Texans 0–2-1 (up 1)
31. Seattle Seahawks 1-2 (down 3)
32. New York Jets 1-2 (down 3)
Stay tuned as we update these rankings every week.