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Week 4: Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings

Back-to-back road wins help Bears crack top 10 of Brad Biggs' NFL power rankings.

Last week in parentheses.

1. Seahawks 2-1 (2): Let a 14-point lead slip away but hung on in overtime to win at home for the 19th time in 20 games, including the posteason.

2. Broncos 2-1 (1): Biggest takeaway from loss was defense is much improved, tougher than it was when they faced Seahawks in Super Bowl.

3. Bengals 3-0 (4): Lot of chatter about Andy Dalton and what he needs to do, but this is the best defense that doesn't get a ton of attention.

4. Cardinals 3-0 (9): Bruce Arians' team has been most impressive in the last two weeks winning with backup QB Drew Stanton to lead the NFC West.

5. Eagles 3-0 (3): Plenty of corrections to be made on defense, but offense is clicking and will thrive in bottom-heavy NFC East.

6. Patriots 2-1 (7): Seem to be scuffling a little even when they win, but Bill Belichick should be able to find solutions.

7. Chargers 2-1 (10): Avoided classic letdown after upset of Seahawks by going across the country to Buffalo and taking care of business.

8. Panthers 2-1 (5): Cam Newton's ankle might not be 100 percent and his ribs sure are not. It showed in a rusty outing vs. Steelers, just his second loss in last 14 starts.

9. Bears 2-1 (11): Finding ways to win while facing a little adversity and without being able to run the ball the last two weeks was impressive.

10. Saints 1-2 (12): Disaster of an 0-3 start avoided with a victory in the Superdome, where they have won nine straight and have the Ravens on Sunday.

11. Colts 1-2 (13): First win came by getting down to what they do well at Jacksonville — dominate the AFC South. Titans are up next.

12. Ravens 2-1 (14): Joe Flacco engineered the 20th game-winning fourth-quarter drive of his career and rookie Lorenzo Taliaferro ran for 91 yards at Cleveland.

13. Steelers 2-1 (16): Maligned defense responded in big road win at Carolina and RB Le'Veon Bell is averaging a robust 5.9 yards per carry.

14. Falcons 2-1 (17): Blowout of Bucs will be followed by road trips to Vikings and Giants, providing opportunity to stack some victories.

15. Lions 2-1 (18): LB Stephen Tulloch tore his ACL mocking Aaron Rodgers' discount double check. In the big picture, the Lions won despite a subpar game from Matthew Stafford.

16. Packers 1-2 (8): Seven points was their lowest output in a game Rodgers started and finished since he took over for Brett Favre in 2008.

17. 49ers 1-2 (6): Injuries starting to pile up and Jim Harbaugh's team looks out of sorts. Way out of sorts.

18. Cowboys 2-1 (26): Rallying from a 21-point deficit at St. Louis tied for the biggest comeback in franchise history.

19. Jets 1-2 (15): Five turnovers for Geno Smith through his first three games, yet coach Rex Ryan staunchly defended him after red-zone miscues.

20. Bills 2-1 (19): 22-10 loss to Chargers should have been worse as San Diego blew two red-zone trips. Back to normal for Buffalo and EJ Manuel.

21. Browns 1-2 (23): Fought hard in home loss to the Ravens, and both losses to AFC North foes came by a field goal. Cleveland is improving.

22. Chiefs 1-2 (28): Knile Davis has done well filling in for Jamaal Charles with 132 rushing yards and then he lost a fumble, which has been a knock on him all along.

23. Redskins 1-2 (27): Right about now Mike Shanahan looks brilliant for doubling down on QBs in 2012 draft. The trade to get RG3? Not so much.

24. Titans 1-2 (21): How long will they stick with Jake Locker? According to ESPN, he was 6 of 20 for 98 yards with two picks on passes longer than 5 yards in loss at Cincinnati.

25. Texans 2-1 (22): That streaking object you saw flying through the sky? That was the Texans falling back to earth in a loss at the Giants.

26. Giants 1-2 (30): Awful lot of mistakes made in their first victory of season, but meltdown was avoided this time with a win over the Texans.

27. Rams 1-2 (25): Frustrations mount as TE Jared Cook shoved QB Austin Davis on the sideline after a fourth-quarter drop in the end zone. How was it Davis' fault?

28. Vikings 1-2 (24): Might be sooner than they wanted to go to Teddy Bridgewater, but Matt Cassel's broken foot brings change, possibly a spark.

29. Dolphins 1-2 (20): QB Ryan Tannehill could be benched and the Miami Herald reports defensive players were "beyond furious, irate" with defensive coordinator Kevin Coyle.

30. Buccaneers 0-3 (29): Josh McCown's hand injury forces them to turn to Mike Glennon, the QB they told you they didn't want to start when they signed McCown.

31. Raiders 0-3 (32): Believe it or not, this is their first 0-3 start since 2006. Now off to London. Does Dennis Allen make it back as head coach?

32. Jaguars 0-3 (31): If there is a positive in this mess at least they have named first-round pick Blake Bortles the starting QB.

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