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My 2022 NFL Power Index Week 4

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2022 Week 4 NFL Power Index

We have somehow reached the point of the season that used to be the one quarter mark. That no longer applies since there are now 17 games in the regular season. Still, after four weeks, we should have a good idea of what to expect from most teams by now. That doesn’t make ranking them from 1 to 32 any easier, but I think most fans should have a good idea on if their team is worth watching this season or if they are already looking forward to next year’s draft. Considering my squad is the only one yet to put a notch in the loss column, I’d say I’m feeling pretty good.

1. Buffalo Bills (3-1) ~ They erased a 17-point road deficit to earn the win in Baltimore. A match-up between two of the NFL’s hottest quarterbacks was a bit lackluster with the two combining for more interceptions (3) that touchdown passes (2). What’s a bit more concerning for the Bills is their wide receiver depth. Stefon Diggs is a stud, but they are hurting as Gabe Davis is not yet 100%, Isaiah McKenzie is in concussion protocol and Jamison Crowder may be done for the year with a broken ankle. (Last Week’s Ranking 1)

2. Philadelphia Eagles (4-0) ~ Like the Bills, the Eagles found themselves in an early double-digit hole except they were playing at home. It didn’t seem to matter as the Eagles scored the next 29 points and sealed the victory with a strip sack of Trevor Lawrence with less than two minutes to play. It was Philly’s fifth takeaway of the day and tenth on the season which is tied for first in the league and a big reason the birds remain undefeated. (LWR 2)

3. Kansas City Chiefs (3-1) ~ Patrick Mahomes did things only Patrick Mahomes can do en route to putting up 41 points against Tampa Bay. The Bucs had surrendered a total of 27 points across their first three games. The Chiefs looked like the Chiefs just a week after a head-scratching loss in Indy. (LWR 4)

4. Miami Dolphins (3-1) ~ We have to talk about Tua. He appeared to suffer a concussion last week against the Bills, but came back into the game. This week he was taken to the hospital after hitting his head off the ground on a big hit. The physician who checked him out during the Bills game was fired. The Dolphins have already ruled Tua out for this weekend’s game. We can only hope he is OK. (LWR 3)

5. Minnesota Vikings (3-1) ~ In case you missed the Vikings game Sunday it’s because they had the 9:30 a.m. draw in London. You’ll get to see them this week at a more appropriate 1:00 p.m. when they host the Chicago Bears. I thought that teams who played overseas were then on a bye. Does that not happen anymore? (LWR 9)

6. Green Bay Packers (3-1) ~ Once upon a time Aaron Rodgers told us all to relax. He’s earned the benefit of the doubt over the years, but I’m beginning to wonder if this season might be a little different. Green Bay needed overtime to get by a Bailey Zappe led New England team at Lambeau. It’s clear that Rodgers misses his security valve in Davante Adams. The team should gel as the weeks go on, and lucky for the Packers, the schedule is quite favorable over the next few weeks with the Giants, Jets and Commanders coming up. Might be worth noting that the Packers will play in London this Sunday so be sure to set your alarm. (LWR 8)

7. Los Angeles Rams (2-2) ~ Last week I mentioned that Cooper Kupp had scored in his last nine games. He had even scored in his last two against San Francisco. Draft Kings put out a super boost for him to score Monday night. I, of course, jumped at the chance. Kupp did have 14 catches for 122 yards, but he did not find the end zone. In fact, no Rams player did. They’ve only topped 20 points once so far this season. Maybe the Super Bowl hangover is real. (LWR 5)

8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-2) ~ Tom Brady has his full complement of receivers back, but this team can’t abandon the run game. Leonard Fournette had at least 21 carries in each of the season’s first two games. Tampa won both of them. In the past two weeks, Fournette has a total of just 15 carries for 32 yards including a mind-boggling negative three against the Chiefs. A more balanced attack will be needed going forward. (LWR 7)

9. Baltimore Ravens (2-2) ~ If there’s someone else besides Mahomes who can make incredible plays on the field, it would have to be Lamar Jackson. I’d love to know what thoughts were going through the Bills’ defenders after this play. But Lamar needs some help. This is the second game this season the Ravens have lost when they held at least a 17 point lead. That simply cannot continue. (LWR 6)

10. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2) ~ They appear to have steadied the ship after starting the season 0-2. Cincy debuted their white uniforms Thursday night, but all anyone can remember from that game is the Tua injury. Let’s hope they wear these again this year and in the future because, as the kids say, these are fire. (LWR 10)

11. Dallas Cowboys (3-1) ~ Pop quiz hot shot. Who is the only quarterback in Dallas history to win their first four starts? The answer is current quarterback Cooper Rush. Dak Prescott is close to returning, but with Rush’s play, Dallas has no need to, well, rush Dak back into the lineup. (LWR 12)

12. Los Angeles Chargers (2-2) ~ It was good to see Austin Ekeler get going. After scoring a league-high 20 touchdowns last season, Ekeler had not scored in any of the team’s first three games. He made up for that on Sunday by finding the end zone not once, not twice, but thrice. The Chargers need to get him going on the ground as they are averaging a league-low 64.5 rushing yards per game. (LWR 14)

13. San Francisco 49ers (2-2) ~ The 49ers defense is for real. They are allowing a league-leading 11.5 points per game through four weeks. Some may argue that they haven’t exactly played any offensive juggernauts yet (Chicago, Seattle, Denver and the Rams), but you can’t penalize a team for who they’ve played. The offense just needs to pick it up a bit as they’ve scored just 10 points in each of their two losses thus far. (LWR 15)

14. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-2) ~ Doug Pederson had the Jags ready to play for his return to Philadelphia. They jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and seemed to have control of the game, until they lost control of the ball over and over again. Trevor Lawrence fumbled four times and the Eagles recovered all four of them. He also threw a pick. Despite all of that, the Jags lost by just eight points and put a scare into the lone undefeated team in the NFL. Perhaps this team has turned a corner under their new coach. (LWR 17)

15. New York Giants (3-1) ~ If the Giants can upend the Packers in London this Sunday, they will match last season’s win total before the halfway point of October. Saquon Barkley is healthy for the first time in three seasons. The defense is playing well. Maybe, just maybe, this team is better than we thought they would be this year. (LWR 20)

16. Cleveland Browns (2-2) ~ So far they’ve beaten Carolina and Pittsburgh who both appear to stink. They’ve lost to the Jets and Atlanta and neither of them are very good either. I don’t know what to say about this team right now. Any Browns fans reading this? What do you honestly think about the team? (LWR 11)

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17. Denver Broncos (2-2) ~ Javonte Wiliams has a torn ACL. That means more carries for Melvin Gordon. It’s a luxury when a team has two running backs who can be starters in the league. Gordon, however, has had a rough start to the season as he has fumbled four times in four games. Denver will have to hope he can solve those issues, and fast, if they are to make up ground in the AFC West. (LWR 13)

18. Arizona Cardinals (2-2) ~ They rallied to an improbable comeback against the Raiders. They came back against the Panthers Sunday to even their record at 2-2. This team has fallen behind in every game this season. Up next on the schedule is my Philadelphia Eagles who have been jumping out to big leads early save the Jags game. If both teams continue their trend, it could be a long day in the desert for the Cards on Sunday. (LWR 18)

19. Tennessee Titans (2-2) ~ Is Derrick Henry rounding into form? Across his first two games Henry had 34 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown in two Tennessee losses. Over his last two games he’s had 42 carries for 199 yards and two scores. As Henry goes, so does this offense. The time to buy low on him in fantasy may have passed. (LWR 23)

20. New Orleans Saints (1-3) ~ That wasn’t Big Ben you heard across the pond. It was yet another double doink. (LWR 16)

21. Indianapolis Colts (1-2-1) ~ Indy was supposed to get a boost when they welcomed back their best defender, Shaquille Leonard (formerly Darius Leonard) to the lineup. That was short lived as he left the game with a concussion. He’s already been ruled out of Thursday’s contest against the Broncos. (LWR 19)

22. Las Vegas Raiders (1-3) ~ We all knew the Raiders were going to win their game Sunday when this happened earlier in the week. The Raiders got off the schnide and avoid becoming the last winless team in the league. (LWR 27)

23. Seattle Seahawks (2-2) ~ Seattle put up double digit points in every quarter during their win in Detroit. Their punter never saw the field. It’s easy to point out that Geno Smith has outplayed his predecessor Russel Wilson, but it doesn’t make it not true. (LWR 28)

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (1-3) ~ The only reason they haven’t fallen further is that they’ve pulled the plug on Mitch Trubisky as the starter. Rookie Kenny Pickett is poised to make his first start this weekend in Buffalo. After that coms Tampa Bay, Miami and Philadelphia so, I guess it’s either now or wait until they were completely out of it. (LWR 21)

25. New England Patriots (1-3) ~ This might be Bailey Zappe’s team. Mac Jones is dealing with an ankle injury and Brian Hoyer left Sunday’s game with an injury himself. The Patriots know what they have in Hoyer. They don’t know what they have in Zappe. It could be a prime time for them to find out. (LWR 22)

26. Atlanta Falcons (2-2) ~ Atlanta picked up their second win of the season, but it came with a hefty price tag. Cordarrelle Patterson, who has been seemingly the entire offense over the past year plus, went on injured reserve with a knee injury. Rookie Tyler Allgeier will now be the lead back and he looked good against Cleveland with 84 yards on 10 carries. He should be your top waiver priority in fantasy. (LWR 29)

27. Detroit Lions (1-3) ~ The Lions lead the NFL in scoring at 35 points per game. The reason they are 1-3 is that they also lead the league in points allowed per game at 35.3. Something’s gotta give, but until it does, take the over in Lions games. (LWR 25)

28. Chicago Bears (2-2) ~ Through four games, Darnell Mooney leads the team with eight receptions. No other player has more than five. Mooney is also the only Bear with more than 100 receiving yards (121). It’s going to be a long year in Chicago. (LWR 24)

29. New York Jets (2-2) ~ Zach Wilson came back and the Jets won a game. In case you forgot what Wilson looked like, this is him. (LWR 31)

30. Washington Commanders (1-3) ~ It’s easy to heap more garbage on the dumpster fire that is the Commanders, but let’s take the opposite approach this week. Rookie running back Brian Robinson, who was shot earlier this year in a carjacking, was taken off of the non-football injury list. There’s a chance he may see the field as early as this weekend. It could be the best news this team gets all year. (LWR 26)

31. Carolina Panthers (1-3) ~ Christian McCaffrey was questionable against the Cardinals so I decided to remove him from my fantasy lineup. McCaffrey then caught nine balls for 81 yards and a touchdown. I lost that matchup by five points. Sigh. (LWR 30)

32. Houston Texans (0-3-1) ~ They are the last team without a win. They are at Jacksonville this week and at the Raiders the following week. I’d say they have a puncher’s chance at winning one of those games. (LWR 32)

And that is that. That's all I've got this week. You're now free to go about the rest of your day. Or night. Whatever it may be. If you want more of me, leave a comment below or follow me on social media via the link in my bio.

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