Over the past seven days, the NFL has run wild with stories. The Arizona Cardinals and the Houston Texans, each widely perceived to be tanking, won their games against quality opponents by double digits! The Dallas Cowboys moved up to the #1 spot in our power rankings last week, and promptly fell to the #32 ranked team in Arizona.
And that’s not to even mention the Miami Dolphins dropping a cool 70 points on the Broncos. With all the madness throughout the league, the power rankings have seen some major shakeups, as teams like the Dolphins and the Browns leaped, while teams like the Cowboys and the once again hapless Broncos slipped down the rankings.
Without further ado, let’s get to the GSM NFL Power Rankings as we get set to kick off Week 4 in a matter of minutes.
1. San Francisco 49ers (Prev: 2)
It was business as usual in Santa Clara as the 49ers dispatched the Giants quietly on Thursday Night Football. San Francisco continues to look like the most complete team in the NFL.
2. Kansas City Chiefs (Prev: 3)
The Swifties are Kansas City Chiefs fans as the saga of Taylor Swift and Travis Kelce begins. Oh and the Chiefs are good at football, as we expected to be the case.
3. Miami Dolphins (Prev: 7)
The Miami offense is unbelievable, and the defense is more than capable. Miami has thrust themselves into the AFC conversation.
4. Philadelphia Eagles (Prev: 4)
While the Eagles are 3-0, it’s not a dominating 3-0. There are some pretty apparent holes in this year’s Eagles squad, mostly on offense. However, the defensive and offensive lines are great, and that alone will nearly always make for a capable football team.
5. Dallas Cowboys (Prev: 1)
The hype reached an unsustainable level in Dallas after a dominating first two weeks, and the Cowboys came crashing back down to humanity with a loss to the lowly Cardinals. The Cowboys should be fine in the long run (though the loss of star CB Trevon Diggs to injury could prove to be devastating to a stellar Cowboys defense.)
6. Buffalo Bills (Prev: 6)
With their second straight blowout (this one to the Washington Commanders), the Bills are beginning to look like the team we thought they would be.
7. Detroit Lions (Prev: 8)
Detroit showed some grit after a tough loss, rebounding with a solid win over the Falcons. The edge in the NFC North race will be on the line in week 4 as the Lions visit the Packers on Thursday night.
8. Baltimore Ravens (Prev: 5)
The Ravens fell in overtime to a young Colts team without their starting QB. The Ravens should be fine, but, as seems to be the case every year, the injury report is filling up for Baltimore. There’s cause for concern with this team.
9. Seattle Seahawks (Prev: 12)
A week one loss to the Rams is fading into the distance in the rearview mirrors as the Seahawks improved to 2-1 with a win over the Panthers on Sunday. The Seahawks are a more than capable team in a weak NFC.
10. Los Angeles Chargers (Prev: 15)
The Chargers finally cracked the win column this past weekend, squeaking out a victory over the hapless Vikings. The Chargers offense will keep them in every game this season, but the defense is troubling to say the least.
11. Green Bay Packers (Prev: 16)
At the beginning of the 4th quarter against the Saints, the Packers looked lifeless, down 17-0. But at the end of the game, Jordan Love and Green Bay were very much alive with an incredible comeback win in Love’s first home start. Up next? The NFC North Favorite Lions in Lambeau on Thursday night. The NFL scriptwriters are rubbing their palms together.
12. Cleveland Browns (Prev: 19)
The Browns dominated the Titans on Sunday, with the defense completely shutting down Derrick Henry while the Cleveland offense showed some signs of life post Nick Chubb injury. The Browns have started well, but it remains to be seen if they can sustain it.
13. Cincinnati Bengals (Prev: 18)
Despite Joe Burrows gimpy calf, the Bengals managed to pull off their first win of the season against the Rams on Monday Night Football. From the offensive line and the health of the QB to the run game and the defensive line, there is plenty to remain concerned about in Cincinnati. That said, the win was a much needed step in the right direction for the Bengals.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers (Prev: 17)
The painful memories of a week one beatdown at the hands of the 49ers are slowly fading into the background as the Steelers won their second straight game on Sunday night. In order for the Pittsburgh offensive attack to be effective, the run game will have to show up, with both Najee Harris and backup Jaylen Warren having been ineffective thus far.
15. Jacksonville Jaguars (Prev: 9)
After a blowout loss to the Texans, the Jaguars are reeling. After the season started promisingly with a win over the Colts, it’s been all downhill from there in Jacksonville. The Jags will look to get right in London against Atlanta on Sunday morning.
16. New Orleans Saints (Prev: 10)
The Saints were well on their way to a 3-0 start before starting QB Derek Carr went down with a shoulder injury and Jordan Love and the Packers came roaring back to win it. With superstar RB Alvin Kamara back in the lineup after his suspension ended this past Monday, look for the Saints ground game to catch up with the rest of their team performance wise.
17. Atlanta Falcons (Prev: 14)
The Falcons flopped against Detroit on Sunday, but the Saints lost also. The Falcons remain very much alive in a weak NFC South.
18. New England Patriots (Prev: 22)
In perhaps the ultimate Bill Belichick game, the Patriots got their first win of the season in a grinding fashion against the Jets. With a tough schedule, the ceiling feels pretty low for the once great Patriots this season.
19. Tennessee Titans (Prev: 11)
The Browns shut down Derrick Henry and the Titans rushing attack on Sunday, and when the running game struggles, so do the Titans. Tennessee has a solid defense, but the offense needs to get rolling in order for the Titans to do anything this season.
20. Los Angeles Rams (Prev: 13)
While the Rams kept it competitive against the Bengals, the Rams feel mediocre again this season at 1-2. The status of star WR Cooper Kupp will be a major point of interest for Rams faithful the next few weeks.
21. Indianapolis Colts (Prev: 23)
Despite playing without flashy rookie QB Anthony Richardson on Sunday, the Colts improved to 2-1 with an overtime victory over the Ravens. The AFC South could be open for the taking, and should the Colts keep performing they could have a chance to knock on the door.
22. Tampa Bay (Prev: 20)
It was a back to reality for the Bucs on Monday night as the Eagles creamed the Bucs in Tampa Bay.
23. New York Jets (Prev: 16)
The Jets run game and defense (the only two parts of their team that were great last season) have floundered to start the year, and the Zach Wilson led passing attack isn’t scaring anyone. D-R-A-F-T, Draft, Draft!
24. Las Vegas Raiders (Prev: 23)
Despite a superhuman performance from Davante Adams, the Raiders lost… again.
25. Washington Commanders (Prev: 24)
After a fun 2-0 start, the Commanders got the doors blown off them by the Bills. Back to the basement with Washington.
26. Houston Texans (Prev: 31)
The Texans young pieces shone in an upset blowout win over the Jaguars on Sunday. There’s plenty of potential for the future in this Houston squad.
27. Arizona Cardinals (Prev: 32)
Tanking no more? The Cardinals pulled off an impressive upset over one of the best teams in the league in the Cowboys, helping their win starved fanbase, but potentially hurting their case for potential #1 pick Caleb Williams.
28. New York Giants (Prev: 28)
The 49ers took a little longer than we expected to blow the Giants game open, but they did eventually do it. New York has been a major disappointment this season.
29. Minnesota Vikings (Prev: 27)
A poorly built Vikings squad is 0-3 after three close ones, which spells doom for Minnesota. What the Vikings do at the trade deadline (whether selling or buying) will be a major talking point in Minneapolis.
30. Denver Broncos (Prev: 25)
70-20. Enough said. I don’t think Sean Payton will be performing any Mile High Miracles this season.
31. Carolina Panthers (Prev: 29)
The Panthers Super Bowl will continue to take place in late April (the NFL Draft) for the foreseeable future.
32. Chicago Bears (Prev: 31)
The Bears are no match for Taylor Swift, not to mention her newest boyfriend who’s pretty talented himself.