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NFL Power Rankings: Ravens, Jets, Giants rise; Bears, Iggles fall

There’s a new No. 1 this week. And a new No. 2 and 3, too. Plenty of movement at the top of the Power Rankings, as Week 4 upsets shuffle the deck.

A month into the season, and there’s only one unbeaten team left. Looks like the ’72 Dolphins will be popping the champagne early this year. Might happen this week.

1. Ravens (3-1) (8): Hard to underestimate road win in Pittsburgh against previously unbeaten Steelers, as a familiar face - T.J. Houshmandzadeh - scores the winning TD in the final seconds. Win could have major significance in who takes AFC North.

2. Jets (3-1) (5): Trap game? Hardly. Surging Jets pummel Bills in Buffalo after big win over Miami. Up next: Minnesota at home on Monday night.

3. Steelers (3-1) (1): Getting to 3-1 without Ben Roethlisberger a major accomplishment. The quarterback returns after the bye.

4. Saints (3-1) (3): It’s 46-year-old kicker John Carney to the rescue with three field goals as the Saints hold off the winless Panthers at home.

5. Patriots (3-1) (9): Sluggish in the first half, Pats explode in the second half behind strong special teams play in a 41-14 rout of the Dolphins on the road.

6. Packers (3-1) (6): Charles Woodson returns an interception 48 yards for a TD as the Packers hold off a furious fourth-quarter comeback by the Lions.

7. Texans (3-1) (7): Arian Foster was benched until midway through the second quarter because of a “coach’s decision,” but responded with 131 rushing yards, a rushing TD and a TD catch to help Houston beat the Raiders on the road.

8. Colts (2-2) (2): Colts 0-2 in the AFC South for the first time ever after road loss to the Jaguars.

9. Chiefs (3-0) (10): Who’d have guessed the Chiefs would be the NFL’s last remaining unbeaten team? Up next: at Colts.

10. Falcons (3-1) (13): Falcons rally from 14-0 first quarter deficit to beat the Niners with a last-second field goal.

11. Giants (2-2) (22): Defense revives with 10 sacks against Bears to stop two-game skid. Up next: at Texans.

12. Bears (3-1) (4): Bears QB Jay Cutler pummeled by Giants’ defense, which racks up nine first-half sacks and sends Cutler to the sidelines with a concussion.

13. Bengals (2-2) (11): Bengals have eight-game winning streak against the AFC North snapped in a road loss to the previously winless Browns.

14. Redskins (2-2) (17): Donovan McNabb wins Round 1 of his post-Eagles career as he leads his new team to a win at the Linc after getting a standing ovation from the home crowd.

15. Broncos (2-2) (19): Huge road win in Tennessee led by quarterback Kyle Orton, who throws for 341 yards and two TDs.

16. Cowboys (1-2) (16): Pokes come off bye to host Titans. We’ll see if revived offense can make it two in a row.

17. Dolphins (2-2) (12): Second-half special teams meltdown leads to blowout home loss to Patriots, this after Miami lost to the Jets at home the week before.

18. Titans (2-2) (14): Vince Young can’t pull off fourth quarter comeback as Titans lose second straight home game.

19. Chargers (2-2) (18): Chargers blow out hapless Cardinals at home to make up for stinging loss the week before in Seattle.

20. Eagles (2-2) (15): Michael Vick suffers rib cartilage injury, but no heroics from backup Kevin Kolb in a weak effort against McNabb’s Redskins.

21. Vikings (1-2) (20): Brett Favre & Co. come off bye and visit Jets at New Meadowlands Stadium. Favre’s first game against his old team.

22. Jaguars (2-2) (26): Season-saving win for Jags? Could be. Job-saving win for Jack Del Rio? Ditto.

23. Rams (2-2) (25): Really like what we’ve seen so far from rookie QB Sam Bradford as Rams thump NFC West rival Seahawks at home. First place after a month on the job? Not a bad deal.

24. Seahawks (2-2) (21): Seahawks used two Leon Washington kick return touchdowns to hold off Chargers the week before. No such luck against Rams on the road in 20-3 loss.

25. Buccaneers (2-1) (23): Bucs come off bye and go on road against Bengals team hoping for bounce-back.

26. Browns (1-3) (31): Browns lose first three games by combined 12 points, but hold off Bengals at home in 23-20 win

27. Raiders (1-3) (29): At least the Raiders look respectable on offense, as Bruce Gradkowski throws for 278 yards and two TDs – a far cry from the JaMarcus days.

28. Lions (0-4) (30): Lions nearly pull off a shocker at Lambeau behind backup Shaun Hill’s 331 yards and two TDs to Calvin Johnson.

29. 49ers (0-4) (27): Niners blow 14-0 early lead, as Alex Smith’s two key interceptions start the slide. Already questions about Mike Singletary’s job security.

30. Cardinals (2-2) (24): Derek Anderson gets the heave-ho in blowout loss to Chargers. Only a matter of time before rookie Max Hall gets his shot.

31. Panthers (0-4) (32): Jimmy Clausen throws his first career TD, but it’s not enough as Panthers lose to defending Super Bowl champs on the road.

32. Bills (0-4) (28): Draft day can’t get here soon enough.

Week 5 schedule

Jaguars at Bills
Broncos at Ravens
Giants at Texans
Bears at Panthers
Packers at Redskins
Chiefs at Colts
Buccaneers at Bengals
Rams at Lions
Falcons at Browns
Saints at Cardinals
Titans at Cowboys
Chargers at Raiders
Eagles at 49ers
Vikings at Jets

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