NFL Power Rankings: Tier 6 (the ‘hanging on by a thread’ tier)
The Atlanta Falcons looked like they were in for a miserable season when they collapsed under a second-half comeback by the hated New Orleans Saints in Week 1. The Falcons faithful were then given a shred of hope as their team erased a 28-3 deficit versus the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams in Week 2, but they lost that game too.
Things may be turning. The Falcons own a two-game winning streak heading into Week 5, and the NFC South is one of pro football’s weaker divisions. Stay tuned.
Kenny Pickett is finally the starting quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and rightfully so. Mitchell Trubisky wasn’t the long-term answer, and the team wasn’t responding. Now, that they have their franchise quarterback (maybe), there’s some hope, but the schedule will grow more difficult before it shifts back to being favorable.
Cleveland has been on a roller coaster ride these four weeks. They began the campaign by earning a victory over their former quarterback, Baker Mayfield, and his new team, the Panthers. They defeated their biggest rival, the Steelers, but they also blew a late 13-point lead with less than two minutes in the game versus the New York Jets. There’s a ton of work to be done here.
New York Jets fans should be pleased with Gang Green’s effort this season. They’re one of five teams in the NFL who are still undefeated on the road, and they’ve done so in dramatic and terrific fashion. Zach Wilson may have struggled against the Steelers, but his team won. That’s all that matters.