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2019 NFL Power Rankings Week 4: The world sees the Cowboys as a top five team

Where do all 32 NFL teams stand?

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We’re almost one month into the 2019 NFL season and we can start to draw some conclusions. Three games is a noteworthy sample size.

We’ve also already reached the point where a few teams are on a bye (make sure to adjust your fantasy lineups!). Time is moving and things just keep on turning.

Where do all 32 teams stand as we enter Week 4? Welcome to the latest batch of power rankings. You can visit Week 3’s power rankings right here if you’d like.

1 - New England Patriots (LW: 1)

The Patriots have a +89 point differential. They look as unstoppable as ever.

2 - Kansas City Chiefs (LW: 2)

Pat Mahomes looks like the league’s MVP (again). It’s amazing that their offense is hardly skipping a beat without Tyreek Hill.

3 - Los Angeles Rams (LW: 3)

They didn’t look incredible in Cleveland, but Sean McVay’s squad shouldn’t be doubted until there’s a real reason to. The Todd Gurley usage is very fascinating, though.

4 - Dallas Cowboys (LW: 4)

Some first half struggles aside, the Cowboys look like the second-best team in the NFC at the moment. We’re going to get to see them against some more legitimate opponents over the next few weeks and that’ll provide a great measuring stick.

5 - Green Bay Packers (LW: 7)

The Packers are a quiet 3-0 and are getting things done on defense. If and when Aaron Rodgers returns to form, watch out. Hopefully that happens this week (they host Philadelphia on Thursday night) and not next (when they visit Dallas).

6 - Baltimore Ravens (LW: 5)

Lamar Jackson made a few questionable throws, but the Ravens didn’t fold in Kansas City.

7 - San Francisco 49ers (LW: 8)

The last time that both the 49ers and Cowboys were 2-0 was in 1995. What else happened then?

8 - Houston Texans (LW: 11)

Battling back to win against the Chargers was impressive and this team would be undefeated if not for an amazing last-second drive from Drew Brees and the Saints.

9 - Seattle Seahawks (LW: 6)

Why do they refuse to let Russell Wilson throw the football?

10 - Buffalo Bills (LW: 13)

It feels like it’s eventually going to bottom out, but seeing the Bills undefeated is a lot of fun.

11 - Detroit Lions (LW: 12)

They almost blew it, but a road win at Philadelphia is impressive.

12 - New Orleans Saints (LW: 21)

A jump back up for New Orleans thanks to a big win in Seattle. Is Teddy Bridgewater for real?

13 - Indianapolis Colts (LW: 20)

I’ll admit that I was spooked by their loss last week, but the Colts really are well-coached enough to overcome a lot of things. Jacoby Brissett looks great. Missing T.Y. Hilton will test them.

14 - Minnesota Vikings (LW: 17)

They won and Dalvin Cook is a monster.

15 - Atlanta Falcons (LW: 14)

A loss to the Colts obviously wasn’t ideal, but this team is slightly better than average. They’ll have nice moments (the ones that involve Julio Jones) and not nice moments (the ones that don’t).

16 - Los Angeles Chargers (LW: 10)

The Chargers bounce back is coming, right? Right?

17 - Philadelphia Eagles (LW: 9)

Honestly they should have beaten Detroit, but, you know, they didn’t.

18 - Carolina Panthers (LW: 26)

Can Kyle Allen save them? The NFC South is there for someone to take.

19 - Chicago Bears (LW: 19)

A win in Washington is what it is, but Chicago did what they had to do. That defense is back.

20 - Cleveland Browns (LW: 15)

Maybe the world anointed them a little too early.

21 - New York Giants (LW: 31)

Daniel Jones. Dude. Wow. Respect.

22- Jacksonville Jaguars (LW: 30)

We’ll see how Gardner Minshew continues to do, but the Jags looked nice last Thursday.

23 - Oakland Raiders (LW: 16)

Guess who’s back?

24 - Cincinnati Bengals (LW: 24)

It feels like there’s promise there, but it’s not translating into the win column.

25 - Pittsburgh Steelers (LW: 25)

Losing to San Francisco is apparently not the most embarrassing thing, but what a weird thing it is to have them winless through three weeks.

26 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers (LW: 23)

Bruce Arians intentionally made a last-second field goal longer. First he defended it. Then he walked it back. Tell me more about how he’s a great head coach, though.

27 - Tennessee Titans (LW: 18)

It’s like they don’t believe in offense.

28 - Arizona Cardinals (LW: 22)

Still winless and waiting for the Kyler Murray offense to really explode. Sometimes it takes time.

29 - Denver Broncos (LW: 29)

Playing the Packers isn’t exactly easy, but this team is bad.

30 - New York Jets (LW: 28)


31 - Washington Redskins (LW: 27)


32 - Miami Dolphins (LW: 32)

The worst. 4th (LW: 6th)

No reason to doubt Dallas after Week 3.

The Cowboys are 3-0 for the first time since 2008, but their 31-6 win over the Dolphins wasn’t quite as easy as the final score seems to indicate. The feeble Dolphins played even with their heavily favored opponent for the game’s first two quarters. It wasn’t until Kenyan Drake fumbled inside the Dallas 10-yard line late in the second quarter that momentum swung toward Big D for good. Dak Prescott continues to cruise, throwing two touchdown passes (both to Amari Cooper) and running for another score. Prescott got hot in the third quarter, going 9 of 9 for 137 yards and a touchdown. A 10-6 lead at the half was 24-6 after three quarters. Turn out the lights. Here’s a great stat, courtesy of The Athletic: Through three games, Prescott is a perfect 22 of 22 for 384 yards and three touchdowns in the third quarter. I want to know what he’s eating in the locker room at halftime.

ESPN: 4th (LW: 4th)

The worldwide leader also agrees.

I made this prediction back in the winter, when I thought the Cowboys would sign him to a megadeal, and I thought they would get a deal done while they were in Oxnard, California, for training camp. After three games, there’s still no deal, and the likelihood of one coming together goes down each week. While the Cowboys are dangling a contract with at least $100 million guaranteed in front of Prescott, the quarterback is willing to gamble that the price will go up as he plays better and the team wins. The Cowboys are already willing to make him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks right now. You have to wonder if at some point the Cowboys will use the franchise tag on him next season if they don’t get a contract worked out before next March. -- Todd Archer

Bleacher Report: 4th (LW: 4th)

Four is a common theme in Week 4.

The win showed just how dangerous this Dallas team can be offensively. On a day when Dak Prescott’s numbers were down a bit relative to the last two games, the ground game went bonkers—both Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard topped 100 rushing yards and the Cowboys averaged just shy of seven yards per carry.

Sports Illustrated: 4th (LW: 4th)

May the fourth be with you.

An early prove-it stretch coming up for the Boys, with the Saints, Packers and Eagles over the next four weeks. That will help sort things in the NFC.

USA Today: 4th (LW: 3rd)

They put the Ravens ahead of the Cowboys this week. Okay.

Struggled a bit vs. winless Dolphins but remain undefeated with potential to last deep into playoffs — especially if Dak Prescott stays hot.

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