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NFL Power Rankings, Week 4: The Implosioning

A win provided the Rams a brief respite from the horrors of the power rankings. Say goodbye to that.

Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports


Power rankings are weird things. Sometimes, they're fickle (see: Arizona's rise, Green Bay's fall). Sometimes, they're steadfast (see: Seattle, Chicago or Atlanta). And sometimes they're downright weird.

Sure, the Rams jumping out to a 21-0 lead over a not absolutely horrendous Dallas team would generally merit a rise from the bottom handful of teams in most power rankings. But you have to rank the implosion thereafter too.

Power rankings make strange bedfellows.

As always, if there's a power ranking you think merits inclusion, let me know and I'll start putting it in.

Average ranking (# of rankings) 27.63 (8)
Average change from last week -1.13
Highest ranking (source) 24th (Prisco)
Lowest ranking (source) 29th (multiple sources)
Biggest positive change (source) +1 (Fox Sports)
Biggest negative change (source) -3 (Yahoo!)


SB Nation: 29th (28th)

Washington and St. Louis are learning a lot about their backup quarterbacks. Kirk Cousins and Austin Davis have been making strong cases for themselves in relief of injured starters, breathing new life into their respective teams. Both lost this week, but the future look promising enough for both to make things interesting.

ESPN: 28th (28th)

Austin Davis has posted a 66.7 Total QBR, 14th in the league and ahead of nine of the past 13 Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks (Flacco, E. Manning, Rodgers, Roethlisberger and Brady). 29th (28th)

Whether it stemmed from frustration or not, that was some B.S. on the Rams' sideline Sunday. Make the play or don't, and if you don't, Jared Cook, then go back out there and work your tail off. Thank goodness Cook didn't hurt Austin Davis with that shove; otherwise, we might have seen Tony Banks get signed this week.

CBS Sports (Prisco): 24th (23rd)

Austin Davis did some good things against Dallas, but blowing a 21-0 lead has to sting.

CBS Sports (Kirwan): 29th (27th)

Injuries have prevented a better start and the schedule-maker shows no mercy. The next three opponents: Eagles, 49ers and Seahawks.

Yahoo! Sports: 27th (24th)

Had they held on to that big lead against the Cowboys, 2-1 doesn't look so bad. But 1-2 after that collapse sure isn't fun.

Pro Football Talk: 27th (25th)

It takes a bad team to make the Cowboys look that good.

Fox Sports: 28th (29th)

Late turnovers and blown coverages on defense resulted in a loss after the Rams got out to an early 21-0 lead. A decision by Jeff Fisher to go for it on fouth-and-1 instead of taking the three points proved crucial. With Austin Davis at the helm, the Rams simply can’t afford to make any coaching or mental errors if they want to win games..