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NFL Energy Rankings, Week 4: Rams order No. 1 space; Chiefs, Seahawks tumble

Ooh, toddler. Or no longer it is no longer even October and the Energy Rankings had been turned upside-down. Pump the chaos into my veins.

The Bucs and Chiefs each and each lost Sunday, paving the manner for a brand original No. 1. We’ve 5 undefeated groups, however solely two crack the head 10 this week. Chase forward: Feed me your rage. It sustains me. Or no longer it’s @danhanzus on Twitter.

At the bottom of the rankings, we rep the darkest timeline for Novel York (OK, Northern Novel Jersey) football. Things don’t seem to be going so smartly for hotshot first-spherical quarterbacks, either.

Alright, enough buildup. Let’s dive into the uneven waters. Thanks for reading.

Explore the NFL Energy Rankings yell with Dan and Matt “Cash” Smith each and each Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET on NFL Community.

NOTE: Up/down arrows replicate circulation from the Week 3 Energy Rankings.

Los Angeles Rams

Old wicked: No. 4

The marriage between Sean McVay and Matthew Stafford remains firmly within the honeymoon segment. Stafford shredded the Bucs for four touchdown passes in a surprisingly easy 34-24 use over the defending champs at rocking SoFi Stadium. Tom Brady threw for bigger than 400 yards in his first-ever sport performed in Los Angeles, however the Rams stuffed the Tampa bustle sport and clamped down on Brady within the fourth quarter to shut out one other use. Positive, the Matthew Stafford Revitalization Challenge has but to bump into a deliver of affairs: Stafford’s 9 touchdown passes are tied for essentially the most by a Rams quarterback within the principle three video games of a season. Los Angeles has the teaching and personnel to be elite on all facets of the ball — when they save apart it collectively, it be a lethal combination.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Old wicked: No. 1

Is it too early to awe referring to the defense? The Buccaneers hold allowed 300-plus passing yards and at the least two passing touchdowns to each and each QB they’ve faced this season. Matthew Stafford changed into the latest passer to light them up in a 34-24 loss, Tampa Bay’s first defeat since final November. Thru three weeks, the defense has allowed 29.3 facets per sport, a elephantine seven facets bigger than what it allowed in 2020. The Tom Brady-led offense will present quilt on most weeks, however the Bucs received the Huge Bowl final season on myth of they save apart it collectively on all facets of the ball. Tampa Bay has lost that steadiness, and it be on Todd Bowles to determine easy suggestions to restore it. Brady vs. Belichick looms next Sunday evening. Any storylines rate following there?

Green Bay Packers

Old wicked: No. 6

How will you no longer be romantic about football?” a whimsical Aaron Rodgers requested moments after he led the Packers on a final-minute self-discipline-purpose pressure to salvage a use from the 49ers — the same sport the 49ers appeared willing to salvage from the Packers solely minutes earlier than. It changed into that extra or less evening in Santa Clara, within the second Sunday Night Football traditional in as many weeks. Rodgers changed into nails in those final seconds, connecting on two downfield strikes to Davante Adams to location up Mason Crosby‘s sport-winner from 51 yards out. The frigid midfield handshake between Kyle Shanahan and Matt LaFleur added even extra drama to a rivalry that deserves one other chapter come January.

Buffalo Bills

Old wicked: No. 5

The Bills hold it cooking on all facets of the ball now. Josh Allen picked apart a supposedly appropriate Washington defense with surgical precision, lowering ideal spirals by means of gusting winds worship Joe Namath at Shea Stadium in a casually dominant 43-21 use over the Football Team. Allen’s chemistry with his receivers changed into palpable on Sunday: Stefon Diggs made his usual assortment of impact plays and Cole Beasley showed off his uncanny knack for finding the defense’s mushy underbelly, whereas Emmanuel Sanders has profiled as a prime upgrade over John Brown. Buffalo could maybe need the AFC East locked up by Thanksgiving.

Baltimore Ravens

Old wicked: No. 3

Justin Tucker changed into already on a Corridor of Repute discover earlier than Sunday in Detroit. He could maybe need cemented his space in Canton with an NFL yell-environment 66-yard self-discipline purpose to beat the Lions and spark off an tall celebration at a nonetheless Ford Field. Tucker’s brilliance covered up for the sins of his team: Marquise Brown dropped three skill touchdown passes within the principle half, and the Baltimore defense folded within the fourth quarter against a tepid Detroit offense. Nonetheless the Ravens easy had Tucker, the no longer-so-secret weapon who has dominated at his space for a decade. Mentioned John Harbaugh: “He is the solely kicker in historical past.” There’s no one else even shut.

Kansas City Chiefs

Old wicked: No. 2 

In Week 2 against the Ravens, it changed into a Clyde Edwards-Helaire fumble that location up a sturdy loss. On Sunday against the Chargers, turnovers all over all but again served as Kansas City’s downfall. The Chiefs lost two fumbles and Patrick Mahomes threw two interceptions in a 30-24 loss to the Chargers at Arrowhead. Kansas City will flip the calendar to October in final space within the AFC West — with three extraordinarily frisky groups earlier than them within the standings. There changed into extra dead news after the sport, when we realized Andy Reid changed into transported to the smartly being facility after falling in depressed health. The day shuffle back and forth to the smartly being facility changed into precautionary, however any Reid absence from the sideline would stand as one other imposing obstacle for the defending conference champs.

San Francisco 49ers

Old wicked: No. 7

They left too mighty rattling time on the clock. Kyle Juszczyk’s touchdown retract capped a 75-yard pressure that save apart the 49ers forward gradual within the fourth quarter, however the Niners didn’t bleed the utmost duration of day without work the clock earlier than giving the ball encourage to Aaron Rodgers. The final 37 seconds had been only enough for the Packers to switch into Niners territory and boot the sport-ending self-discipline purpose in a 30-28 loss for San Francisco. This wanted to be specifically painful for Kyle Shanahan, who made Rodgers alternate inquiries at some stage within the MVP’s offseason of squabbling with Green Bay. He didn’t salvage his man, and now he had to discover helplessly as Rodgers stole away a use that can maybe hold big ramifications within the NFC.

Cleveland Browns

Old wicked: No. 8

The 26-6 final ranking would now not replicate appropriate how badly the Browns beat up on the depressed Bears. Cleveland changed into in entire preserve an eye on from the opening kickoff, and Myles Garrett location a franchise yell with 4.5 sacks, a performance that quiets talk of a unhurried start by the sport’s premier defensive pause. Justin Fields changed into below fixed duress as Chicago managed a single rep yard of passing. The Browns continue to salvage impact performances from their operating sport, as smartly: Kareem Hunt totaled 155 entire yards, collectively with the sport-sealing touchdown bustle within the fourth quarter. Then there is Odell Beckham, who made his season debut and regarded worship himself in a 5-retract day. The Browns are in a appropriate space.

Las Vegas Raiders

Old wicked: No. 11

Pro football in Las Vegas is thriving, and the Raiders are 3-0 for the principle time since their Huge Bowl season of 2002. Their 31-28 OT use over the Dolphins changed into a uncommon one: Miami scored the principle 14 facets, the Raiders ripped off the next 25, after which the ‘Phins answered with the final 11 facets of law to pressure OT. Derek Carr changed into nails all over all but again in money time. His excellent-attempting, over-the-shoulder dime to Bryan Edwards went for 34 yards on second-and-15, the predominant play within the pressure that ended with Daniel Carlson’s sport-a success self-discipline purpose. Two house video games with a crowd at Allegiant Stadium, and two classics for anybody lucky enough to be there. The Raiders are a vibe.

Los Angeles Chargers

Old wicked: No. 14

Brandon Staley is in fancy with his quarterback. Can you blame him? For the second straight week, the Chargers’ head coach made a demonstrate call Justin Herbert the solely player on the self-discipline, this time after Herbert powered the Bolts to a dramatic 30-24 use over the Chiefs in Arrowhead. Or no longer it is no longer lip carrier by Staley, either: On extra than one times Sunday, Staley opted to preserve up his offense on the self-discipline moderately than determine for excellent self-discipline-purpose makes an strive. It changed into a tacit acknowledgement of Patrick Mahomes‘ greatness, certain, however additionally a showing of supreme faith in his hold man. The Chargers remodeled first downs in each and each instance. The football world is rapid studying what Staley and the Energy Rankings already knew: Justin Herbert Is A Savage In The Pocket.

Arizona Cardinals

Old wicked: No. 10

The worst second of Sunday changed into glaring: Kliff Kingsbury’s misbegotten resolution to let Matt Prater strive a 68-yard self-discipline purpose within the final seconds of the principle half, a heroic switch rewarded with a 109-yard touchdown return by Jacksonville. Thankfully for Kingsbury, the Cardinals hold a megastar quarterback who can quilt up for the sins of the head coach and others. Kyler Murray threw for 316 yards, and Arizona had two 100-yard receivers — neither named DeAndre Hopkins — in a 31-19 use over the hapless Jaguars. After the sport, the Cardinals neatly spun the special groups catastrophe into a likelihood to yell their obvious team exclaim. “The final two years,” Murray talked about, “we would hold lost that sport for certain.” OK.

Denver Broncos

Old wicked: No. 13

Positive, the Broncos’ undefeated start has come at the expense of additionally-ran squads which can maybe maybe be a mixed 0-9 by means of three weeks, however let’s give credit score where credit score is due: Vic Fangio has this team playing smartly on all facets of the football. The mushy time desk is undeniable, however so too is the standard tape Denver has save apart out for 3 weeks. Fangio’s balanced defense continued to feast on the head of the 2021 NFL Draft, shutting down No. 2 purchase Zach Wilson one week after beating up on No. 1 purchase Trevor Lawrence. The D’s dominance has save apart Teddy Bridgewater and the offense in appropriate space for 3 weeks. A Week 4 matchup against the Ravens could maybe easy latest an even bigger field all around.

Dallas Cowboys

Old wicked: No. 17

The Cowboys peep worship the solely team within the NFC East — and it be no longer specifically shut appropriate now. The united states’s Team had its manner with the Eagles on Monday Night Football, jumping out to an early lead and never attempting encourage in a 41-21 use at Jerrah World. How lopsided changed into this matchup? The ‘Boys had a 19-1 earnings in first downs by the head of the principle half. Dak Prescott continues to play worship a legitimate MVP candidate, and tall performances by operating encourage Ezekiel Elliott (116 entire yards, two TDs), tight pause Dalton Schultz (6/80/2) and rising cornerback Trevon Diggs (sport-sealing purchase-six) hold Dallas lowering the profile of a legitimate energy player within the NFC.

Tennessee Titans

Old wicked: No. 16

On Sunday, the Titans lost A.J. Brown to a hamstring distress early, Mike Vrabel curiously made up our minds to sit down down Julio Jones gradual, and they also turned the ball over three times without developing a takeaway of their very hold. This is able to maybe sound worship the recipe for but one other disappointing loss to the Colts, however nope. The Titans hold received encourage-to-encourage video games, in consequence of their dynamic stars at quarterback and operating encourage. Ryan Tannehill made key plays with his arm and legs on a day he didn’t hold his usual solid of characters, whereas Derrick Henry grinded out 113 yards on 28 carries. Tanny & The Huge Dog are bigger than an wonderful fictional pressure-time sports activities-radio duo — they’re the heart and soul of those Titans.

Minnesota Vikings

Old wicked: No. 24

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer known because it the solely offensive sport of his Vikings tenure. Kirk Cousins led Minnesota on three touchdown drives within the principle half, then engineered a trio of second-half self-discipline-purpose marches that chewed up bigger than 20 minutes of sport time in a 30-17 use over the Seahawks at raucous U.S. Bank Stadium. Cousins has been, to be blunt, one amongst the solely quarterbacks within the NFL by means of three weeks. “Or no longer it’s been a special Kirk,” huge receiver Adam Thielen talked about. “He is acceptable locked in and on time, he’s trusting it.” Credit score is due, each and each to the perpetually-scrutinized Cousins and Klint Kubiak, a prime-year offensive coordinator who has chanced on an instantaneous groove.

Seattle Seahawks

Old wicked: No. 9

Hang an “Out Of Report” signal on the Seahawks’ defense, on myth of it is currently broken. Per week after surrendering 532 yards in an additional time loss to the Titans, Seattle coughed up 453 yards to a Kirk Cousins-led Vikings offense that did moderately mighty no matter it wanted in a 30-17 use at U.S. Bank Stadium. It changed into an awfully distressing effort difficult referring to the Vikings performed the sport without Dalvin Cook dinner, their megastar operating encourage, who sat out with an ankle distress. Alexander Mattison stepped in and matched a occupation excessive with 112 yards operating within the encourage of a line that bullied the Seahawks up entrance. “We bought to salvage this s— collectively,” Seattle CB D.J. Reed talked about. “Or no longer it’s appropriate what it is.”

New Orleans Saints

Old wicked: No. 19

For a decade and a half, the Saints’ greatest power changed into glaring: Set the ball in Drew Brees‘ hands and let him shuffle to work. The legendary quarterback has moved to the broadcast gross sales space, leaving Sean Payton to hunt out a brand original identification for the latest Saints. In two of the three weeks this season (the principle rule of the 2021 Novel Orleans Saints: draw no longer talk about the Panthers sport), the level of interest has been a defense that rattles quarterbacks and items the tone. We saw that on Sunday, a 28-13 use that featured three Mac Jones interceptions, collectively with a Malcolm Jenkins purchase-six. After an never-ending aspect street day shuffle back and forth triggered by Hurricane Ida, the Saints are willing for a cosy homecoming against the winless Giants.

Cincinnati Bengals

Old wicked: No. 26

Coming into Week 3, solely one team had allowed extra sacks than the Bengals. This changed into a terrible pattern, specifically coming off a 2020 season wherein No. 1 overall purchase Joe Burrow suffered a substandard knee distress in consequence of inappropriate blockading. Sunday’s 24-10 use over the Steelers changed into an tall step forward for the team and an offensive line that allowed zero sacks to a Steelers defense that had registered at the least one QB takedown in 75 straight in fashion season video games, an NFL yell. The Steelers performed without their solely shuffle rusher in T.J. Watt, however the Bengals deserve credit score for addressing their greatest field whereas selecting up an tall victory against a division opponent. Cincinnati can salvage some appropriate-to-goodness momentum with the winless Jaguars up next on Thursday evening

Pittsburgh Steelers

Old wicked: No. 12

We realized appropriate how mighty T.J. Watt procedure to the Steelers’ defense on Sunday. Pittsburgh entered its matchup against the Bengals with a sack in an NFL-yell 75 straight in fashion season video games. As Watt watched from the sideline with an injured groin, the Steelers’ jog changed into unceremoniously halted by a pedestrian Cincinnati line that had struggled to preserve up Joe Burrow merely a week earlier than against the Bears. While the defense sputtered, the offense remained caught in neutral. This changed into specifically obvious on an 18-play, 88-yard, 9-minute pressure that ended with a self-discipline purpose within the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh changed into easy down 24-10 after the Chris Boswell kick, with a little bit of the second half now lost for appropriate. The Steelers hold tall considerations on offense with no easy solutions.

Miami Dolphins

Old wicked: No. 22

The Dolphins fought to the bitter pause in a 31-28 further time loss to the Raiders, and they also deserve credit score for combating encourage in a sport that perceived to hold slipped away when Vegas reeled off 25 unanswered facets to recall an 11-level lead early within the fourth quarter. A lot of the credit score has to switch to Jacoby Brissett, who has followed within the footsteps of Ryan Fitzpatrick because the rock-solid backup who will preserve the Dolphins from distress whereas Tua Tagovailoa recuperates from broken ribs. No longer enough groups save apart the upright cost on a No. 2 QB — the Dolphins seem to salvage it. The time desk softens over the next month, however a Week 4 sport against the winless Colts profiles shut to a need to-use.

Philadelphia Eagles

Old wicked: No. 20

The Eagles will no longer experience watching movie of a dispiriting 41-21 beatdown at the hands of the Cowboys on Monday evening. The Philadelphia offense never bought in equipment, the defense gave up too many tall plays, and a general air of sloppiness permeated the air for an Eagles team that changed into flagged 13 times for 86 yards. A defensive touchdown early and garbage-time ranking gradual made the final tally rather of further legitimate, however the Eagles need to enhance on all facets of the ball within the event that they need to preserve within the NFC East shuffle. The aspect street forward is foreboding: Over the next four weeks, Philly gets final season’s Huge Bowl groups (the Chiefs and Bucs) and two undefeated squads (Panthers and Raiders). Buckle up.

New England Patriots

Old wicked: No. 15

The Patriots had been the NFL’s gold same previous for see you later that it be nearly jarring to peep how traditional Invoice Belichick’s team has turn out to be. Novel England authored no flashbacks to dilapidated glories on Sunday, a boring 28-13 loss to the Saints that featured three Mac Jones interceptions. This uneasy duration of self-reflection comes at an awkward time for the organization: Tom Brady makes his return to Gillette Stadium on Sunday evening with a sizable likelihood to location the NFL’s all-time passing-yardage label. Brady continues to solid an tall shadow over the organization — this week is going to feel worship a entire eclipse. “The Patriots hold completed nothing however use for a in point of fact very lengthy time,” Jones talked about after losing to Novel Orleans. “We’ve to salvage encourage to that.” The rookie has opted into a world of no longer doable expectations.

Washington Football Team

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Old wicked: No. 21

The Washington Football Team is one reward-wrapped victory from the Giants away from an 0-3 start, and the failure of the defense to meet expectations is the principle reason why. Washington surrendered facets on seven of Buffalo’s first 9 possessions on Sunday, as Josh Allen picked apart the secondary without being sacked once in a 43-21 loss in Orchard Park. The Bills scored 27 facets within the principle half; Allen changed into over 300 yards passing with 9 minutes to play within the third quarter. Washington has time to kind issues out, however the team’s main power has modified into its greatest weak point. Mentioned Ron Rivera: “We bought a lengthy manner to switch.”

Indianapolis Colts

Old wicked: No. 23

Within the event you are starting up to feel worship here’s a lost season for the Colts, we’re appropriate there with you. Indy remains winless after a 25-16 loss to the rival Titans in Nashville. Carson Wentz showed grit playing on two dead ankles, however his lack of mobility is acceptable one other obstacle for a Colts offense that has to work manner too onerous to switch the football. Wentz’s leave out on an pause zone throw to Michael Pittman within the third quarter will stick with him at some stage in lengthy hours within the coach’s room this week. The Colts desire a use over the Dolphins to put their season in Week 4 and they also could maybe need to preserve out it without All-Pro guard Quenton Nelson, who suffered an ankle distress against the Titans.

Detroit Lions

Old wicked: No. 31

“These followers can smell use No. 1 on the year!” CBS play-by-play man Greg Gumbel changed into appropriate stating the glaring, however it surely all felt worship a cruel jinx after Justin Tucker kicked a 66-yard self-discipline purpose to hand the Lions one amongst essentially the most ridiculous losses in franchise historical past (here’s in actuality asserting one thing). The absurd carry out nasty an in every other case lovely fourth quarter by the Lions, who sandwiched a Lamar Jackson interception with two scoring drives that save apart them forward with 64 seconds to play. Nonetheless on the Ravens’ final possession, Jackson moved Baltimore appropriate inner Detroit territory, whereas officials perceived to leave out a in actuality main prolong of sport call earlier than Tucker made historical past. No longer doable.

Houston Texans

Old wicked: No. 28

The Texans feel worship the AFC’s acknowledge to the Lions: A skills-deficient roster that fights onerous for its coach however in a roundabout draw lacks the firepower to support. Houston struggled to restrict chunk beneficial properties from a Sam Darnold-led Panthers offense that performed without Christian McCaffrey for various the sport, whereas the Texans’ ground attack changed into practically non-existent in a 24-9 loss in top time. Davis Mills had moments in his NFL starting debut — most of them at some stage in Houston’s lone touchdown march gradual within the principle half — however he’s a third-string rookie quarterback who’s been pressed into accountability earlier than he’s willing. The baby wants relieve, and Trace Ingram, Phillip Lindsay and the remainder of the Texans’ bustle sport couldn’t give it to him on Thursday evening.

Chicago Bears

Old wicked: No. 25

The Matt Nagy skills reached its nadir on Sunday. The Bears allowed rookie quarterback Justin Fields to be sacked 9 times in a 26-6 loss to the Browns that featured one amongst the extra uninspired offensive performances in latest memory. Jason Peters had no likelihood against Myles Garrett (4.5 sacks), because the Chicago offensive line gave Fields no substitute to hunt out his rhythm in a posh ambiance. The defense changed into unable to quilt for the offense, surrendering bigger than 5 yards per elevate without forcing a turnover. Fields deserves one other likelihood this week against the winless Lions, however Matt Nagy wouldn’t commit to any QB on Monday. This teaching personnel can no longer salvage out of its hold manner.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Old wicked: No. 32

The Jaguars hold now lost 18 straight video games, however at the least Jamal Agnew guaranteed himself a famed space within the 2021 team video with his 109-yard self-discipline-purpose strive return for a touchdown on the final play of the principle half against the Cardinals. Things went downhill from there for the Jaguars, who remain very mighty a team below exclaim within the early stages of the City Meyer skills. To wit: On Monday, the team traded cornerback C.J. Henderson and a 2022 fifth-spherical purchase to the Panthers for tight pause Dan Arnold and a 2022 third-spherical preference. That is no longer precisely a sizable return on funding for the ninth overall purchase in final year’s draft, however it surely’s moderately glaring that in Meyer’s world, there had been no Jacksonville Jaguars except he took the job. Laborious reboot.

New York Jets

Old wicked: No. 30

The Jets are 0-3 for the third consecutive season, and it’s a dead 0-3. Sunday’s shutout loss to the Broncos changed into full of penalties, drops, blown assignments and turnovers. The tip result changed into a non-aggressive performance that displays badly on original head coach Robert Saleh and general manager Joe Douglas, who could maybe easy start taking some heat for his exclaim of a Jets team that’s lost 17 of 19 video games below his stewardship. Zach Wilson changed into removed from appropriate in his third start, however he bought virtually no relieve from Jets teammates who weren’t willing for Denver’s intensity. In defense of Wilson and the offense, the time desk dealt them three of the solely defenses in football to start the season. The Titans could maybe easy latest one thing of a respite, however nothing could maybe additionally be assumed in Gotham in this day and age. 

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