Week 4 NFL Power Rankings: Broncos leap Patriots for No. 1

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With five unbeaten teams entering Week 4 play, the 3-0 Broncos leap the Patriots to rise to No. 1 in this week's ESPN NFL Power Rankings. A Week 3 win against the Bengals was enough to push ESPN's power panel (a group of more than 80 writers, editors and TV personalities) to move the Broncos into the poll's top slot.

Check out the rest of the league and where each team ranks.

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1. Denver Broncos

2016 record: 3-0
Week 3 ranking: No. 5

QB Trevor Siemian is getting better by the week and that could be a scary thing for the rest of the NFL. The reigning champs still have a top defense and plenty of skill on offense. The Broncos head east to face the turnover-prone Bucs in Week 4.

2. New England Patriots

2016 record: 3-0
Week 3 ranking: No. 1

Hey Bill, just start Julian Edelman at quarterback this week against the Bills. You've won with a second- and third-stringer this season, so go for gold. The rest of the AFC East teams are all 1-2, and FPI gives your team the best odds at making the playoffs (94 percent). Just do it.

3. Seattle Seahawks

2016 record: 2-1
Week 3 ranking: No. 10

The Seahawks looked like the Seahawks in Week 3, but QB Russell Wilson continues to take some nasty hits. The good news is that despite the offensive struggles for most of the season, the defense has allowed only 37 points. Seattle plays at the Jets next.

4. Minnesota Vikings

2016 record: 3-0
Week 3 ranking: No. 7

The Vikings lead the NFL in sacks and have allowed the third-fewest points (13.3 per game). Quarterbacks Sam Bradford and Shaun Hill have played well, but it is the defense that has carried the Vikings to their 3-0 start. The Vikings host the Giants on Monday night in Week 4.

5. Arizona Cardinals

2016 record: 1-2
Week 3 ranking: No. 3

Should we start worrying about Arizona? Including playoffs, the Cardinals are 2-4 in their past six games and have lost by 15-plus points three times. Seems unlikely to happen again this week at home against the Rams, but who knows how QB Carson Palmer and the Cardinals will bounce back?

6. Green Bay Packers

2016 record: 2-1
Week 3 ranking: No. 9

Is something wrong with QB Aaron Rodgers? Guess not. Rodgers threw for four touchdowns before halftime to beat the Lions and push the Packers to 2-1. The Packers enjoy a bye this week, and should get comfy ... they won't be leaving Green Bay again until Halloween.

7. Philadelphia Eagles

2016 record: 3-0
Week 3 ranking: No. 15

The Eagles head into their bye week 3-0 behind a rookie head coach and a rookie quarterback who has yet to turn over the ball. The Eagles also have allowed only 27 points through three weeks, best in the NFL.

8. Carolina Panthers

2016 record: 1-2
Week 3 ranking: No. 4

It took the Panthers three games to match their 2015 loss total (including playoffs). The hits are piling up for QB Cam Newton, but that soft Falcons pass rush could provide much-needed relief in Week 4.

9. Pittsburgh Steelers

2016 record: 2-1
Week 3 ranking: No. 2

What was that? Three points when you want to average 30? That's ... not good. QB Ben Roethlisberger has completed less than 55 percent of his passes the past two weeks, and now has to face a Chiefs team that intercepted six passes in Week 3.

10. Baltimore Ravens

2016 record: 3-0
Week 3 ranking: No. 13

The Ravens are unbeaten but those three wins came by a combined 13 points. That's the third-lowest points differential for a team that started a season 3-0 in the past 15 years. The 2-1 Raiders provide a tough test on Sunday.

11. Dallas Cowboys

2016 record: 2-1
Week 3 ranking: No. 18

QB Dak Prescott ranks in the top three in Total QBR through Week 3. He has completed at least 73 percent of his passes in two of three games and has yet to throw an interception. He gets a chance to continue the hot play at San Francisco in Week 4.

12. Kansas City Chiefs

2016 record: 2-1
Week 3 ranking: No. 11

The Chiefs have posted a monster comeback and a dominating performance in their two wins this season, and couldn't have looked worse in their loss. Who are the Chiefs exactly? We might find out Sunday night at Pittsburgh.

13. Cincinnati Bengals

2016 record: 1-2
Week 3 ranking: No. 8

The Bengals have converted only three of their 10 red zone drives into touchdowns this season, and could desperately use Tyler Eifert or another red zone threat. Lucky for Cincinnati they get to host the Dolphins in Week 4 on a short week, which could mask any of their bigger problems for the time being.

14. Oakland Raiders

2016 record: 2-1
Week 3 ranking: No. 16

In Week 3, the Raiders' defense held the Titans to 10 points after allowing 69 points in Weeks 1-2 combined. A win and another impressive defensive performance against the 3-0 Ravens on Sunday could legitimize the Raiders as contenders.

15. New York Giants

2016 record: 2-1
Week 3 ranking: No. 12

If it seems like every Giants game comes down to the final drive, it's because most do. The Giants have played nine games decided by three or fewer points the past two seasons, including all three this season, most in the NFL. The Giants head to Minnesota for a Week 4 game on Monday night.

16. Houston Texans

2016 record: 2-1
Week 3 ranking: No. 6

The Texans might have hit rock bottom in Week 3, getting shut out and losing to the Patriots' third-string QB in his first start. The good news is the Texans are still 2-1 and will have two home games against division foes in the next three weeks. Houston could be sitting pretty following that stretch.

17. Detroit Lions

2016 record: 1-2
Week 3 ranking: No. 20

Marvin Jones is doing a pretty nice Calvin Johnson impersonation, posting more yards through three games than Johnson ever did. But this is still the Lions, so don't be surprised by that 1-2 start. A rebound in Chicago this week is possible though.

18. Atlanta Falcons

2016 record: 2-1
Week 3 ranking: No. 17

The Falcons have now scored a franchise-record 104 points through their first three games but somehow have only a plus-13 point differential. If the Falcons can keep up the scoring, they can take a firm hold of the NFC South with a victory over the Panthers this week.

19. New York Jets

2016 record: 1-2
Week 3 ranking: No. 14

In Week 2, Ryan Fitzpatrick posted a 93 Total QBR (scaled 0-100) and seemed unstoppable. In Week 3, Fitzpatrick's interception total (6) was higher than his QBR (5). The Jets can't afford the "bad" Fitzpatrick to show up much more, let alone against the stout Seahawks defense in Week 4.

20. Washington Redskins

2016 record: 1-2
Week 3 ranking: No. 25

Things looked pretty bad for Washington after Week 2, but a win against the Giants and a home game against the Browns could put the team at 2-2 and right in the thick of things. That's where they were last season after four games, after all.

21. San Diego Chargers

2016 record: 1-2
Week 3 ranking: No. 19

The Chargers are 1-2, but they've lost on scores in overtime and with 1:17 left in the fourth quarter. If the Chargers can hold on in Week 4 against the Saints, they'll probably feel better about their start (and finishes).

22. Buffalo Bills

2016 record: 1-2
Week 3 ranking: No. 30

Maybe it was Greg Roman's fault? The Bills dominated the Cardinals with their most decisive win against a team other than the Dolphins since Week 13 of 2014. Can lightning strike twice for the Bills in Week 4 at the Patriots?

23. Indianapolis Colts

2016 record: 1-2
Week 3 ranking: No. 23

Andrew Luck has thrown four of his six touchdowns this season when trailing in the fourth quarter. He comes through late, but at some point it would be nice to see him not have to do so. That could be this week, as Luck has won five straight against the Jaguars.

24. Los Angeles Rams

2016 record: 2-1
Week 3 ranking: No. 28

The Rams' two most recent 30-point games have been against the Buccaneers, so let's just chalk the Week 3 scoring outburst to having Tampa's number. If the Rams can put up points against the Cardinals in Arizona, then maybe we can start taking Case Keenum & Co. seriously.

25. Miami Dolphins

2016 record: 1-2
Week 3 ranking: No. 29

This team needed overtime and some luck to beat the Browns at home. A short week and then a game at the Bengals will not help matters, nor will the fact that this team can't hang on to the ball. The Dolphins have the third-lowest time of possession this season.

26. Tennessee Titans

2016 record: 1-2
Week 3 ranking: No. 21

The Titans need to work on ball control if they want to win some games. They have a minus-19 turnover differential the past two seasons, and are 2-1 in that time when posting a positive differential. A big division game against the Texans this week will bring the turnover battle to the forefront.

27. New Orleans Saints

2016 record: 0-3
Week 3 ranking: No. 24

The Saints are 0-2 when scoring 30 or more points this season. The rest of the NFL is 20-3 when scoring 30 or more points. QB Drew Brees will need some defensive help to beat his former team in his return to San Diego for a Week 4 game.

28. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

2016 record: 1-2
Week 3 ranking: No. 22

Jameis Winston is tied for the league lead in touchdown passes (eight) but also has thrown the second-most interceptions. Winston will need more of the former and less of the latter if he wants to take out the defending Super Bowl champions this week.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

2016 record: 0-3
Week 3 ranking: No. 27

Of the four 0-3 teams this season, the Jaguars and Saints are the only ones who haven't started a second quarterback yet. Blake Bortles has now thrown 24 interceptions in one-score games in his career, most in the NFL since 2014. The Jags head to London to "host" the Colts in Week 4.

30. San Francisco 49ers

2016 record: 1-2
Week 3 ranking: No. 31

It looks like that Week 1 win against Los Angeles was once again fool's gold for the 49ers. The 49ers have been outscored by 48 points in the first three quarters the past two weeks before narrowing the margin in garbage time. A home game against the Cowboys awaits them Sunday.

31. Chicago Bears

2016 record: 0-3
Week 3 ranking: No. 26

The worst point differential in the NFL currently doesn't belong to the Jaguars or the Bucs or even the Browns. Nope, that distinction belongs to the Bears, who will have to find a way to slow a still potent Lions offense in Week 4.

32. Cleveland Browns

2016 record: 0-3
Week 3 ranking: No. 32

Cody Kessler didn't look bad in Week 3, and maybe more important, didn't get hurt. Throw in a not-so-secret weapon in Terrelle Pryor and the Browns could be OK offensively. Will that equate to wins? A road game against Washington isn't the worst matchup in the world.