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Power rankings: Lions, Jints up; Jets, Iggles down

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Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants points at the Arizona Cardinals secondary. (Oct. 2, 2011) Photo Credit: Getty Images

(Ranking, team, record, previous week's ranking)

1. Packers (4-0) (1): There’s only one word to describe the way Green Bay’s offense is operating right now: Unstoppable. Pack thumps Denver, 49-23.

2. Saints (3-1) (2): Aints hold serve in Jacksonville. Only thing they didn’t do was score 30 or more points for the fourth straight game.

3. Lions (4-0) (8): Are the Lions for real? Sure looks that way. Epic comeback in Dallas the latest evidence. That’s eight straight wins going back to last season.

4. Ravens (3-1) (6): Bal’more welcomes back Rex Ryan and promptly destroys his Jets’ team. Dominant defensive performance against beleaguered Mark Sanchez & Co.

5. Patriots (3-1) (4): Tom Brady rallies from four INT performance against Bills and smokes the Raiduhs in Oakland.

6. Giants (3-1) (12): Jints get a break on Victor Cruz fumble and respond with Eli Manning-to-Hakeem Nicks on way to massive comeback win in Arizona.

7. Bills (3-1) (6): Bills’ offense sputters in Cincy, and the unbeaten season is no more. Let’s see how Buffalo responds in next four vs. Philly, Giants, Redskins, Jets.

8. Texans (3-1) (9): Texans failed to put away Stillers early and nearly endured another second-half collapse. But Wade Phillips’ defense made it through in the end. Texans lose Andre Johnson to a hammy for a couple weeks, though. 

9. Buccaneers (3-1) (13): With Peyton Manning sitting helplessly in the Colts coaches’ box, Josh Freeman throws for 287 yards and a TD, and LeGarrette Blount goes for 127 and a TD as the Bucs stop Indy.

10. Chargers (3-1) (16): Chargers aren’t playing their best football, but at least they’re winning. That had been a problem early in the season under Norv Turner.

11. Falcons (2-2) (14): Matt Ryan and rookie Julio Jones hook up for 127 yards on 11 catches, and the Falcons withstand a furious second-half comeback by Seattle.

12. Raiders (2-2) (11): After thumping the Jets the week before at home, Oakland is pummeled by the Pats.

13. Redskins (3-1) (18): Nothing fancy in beating Rams on the road. After bye week, huge one at home against Iggles.

14. Jets (2-2) (7): Two straight blowout losses, and a game in New England up next. Offensive line problems, quarterback problems. The early-season wobble continues.

15. Cowboys (2-2) (8): Tony Romo is alternately brilliant and awful. His turn for awful against the Lions with three second-half picks.

16. Steelers (2-2) (10): The Super Bowl hangover continued with an uninspired performance in Houston. 

17. Bears (2-2) (17): Devin Hester set the all-time punt return record and the Bears’ offense woke up against Panthers.

18. 49ers (3-1) (20): Terrific early-season job by Jim Harbaugh so far. Kept Niners on East Coast time after beating Cincy. Then a huge upset win in Philly.

19. Titans (3-1) (19): In his first month on the job, Mike Munchak has the Titans humming along. Big credit goes to QB Matt Hasselbeck, who has been terrific in the early going.

20. Eagles (1-3) (15): A nightmare season for the Dream Team. (Please forgive me. I think that lame play on words is out of my system.)

21. Seahawks (1-3) (26): Nice comeback try for Tarvaris Jackson, but not enough in the end against Falcons.

22. Bengals (2-2) (27): Andy Dalton with his first comeback win. A beauty over the Bills. 

23. Broncos (1-3) (22): John Fox is sticking with Kyle Orton, but the Tim Tebow calls will only get louder.

24. Cardinals (1-3) (21): Not an easy transition for Kevin Kolb. But no excuses for a defense that went belly-up against the Giants in the second half.

25. Panthers (1-3) (23): Cam Newton “cools off” with “only” 374 passing yards. Man, is this fun to watch.

26. Browns (2-2) (24): Two steps forward, two steps back. Adds up to an 8-8 season, which would be just fine for an improving Browns team.

27. Jaguars (1-3) (25): Only two touchdowns in two games for rookie Blaine Gabbert.

28. Chiefs (1-3) (32): Todd Haley and Matt Cassel get into it on the sidelines – what else is new with Haley? – and Chiefs respond with first win of the season.

29. Colts (0-3) (29): Two long TD pass plays to Pierre Garcon at least get the Colts’ offense up and moving. Still not enough against Bucs on Monday night.

30. Vikings (0-4) (28): Donovan McNabb is still the quarterback. Not sure how much longer, though.

31. Dolphins (0-4) (30): An early-season vote of confidence for Tony Sparano, so he makes it through the bye week.

32. Rams (0-4) (31): Next three: at Green Bay, at Dallas, home to New Orleans. Can 0-7 be far behind?

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