Power rankings: Watt keeps Texans in top spot

PFW staff
Pro Football Weekly
Power rankings: Watt keeps Texans in top spot

 1. Houston Texans: Tough game for Joseph, Johnson, but escape to remain undefeated.

 2. Atlanta Falcons:  Ageless wonder Tony Gonzalez leads team with 39 catches.

 3. San Francisco 49ers: Alex Smith — not Young, Montana — leads franchise-record day.

 4. Baltimore Ravens: Old-school win: Offense does little, “D” forces four turnovers.

 5. New England Patriots: NFL’s top offense balances up-tempo with power run game.

 6. Chicago Bears: Defense is rolling; offense could use bye week to help reach its potential.

 7. New York Giants: Bradshaw breaks out with 200 rushing yards in comeback win.

 8. Minnesota Vikings: Harvin on pace for career year; to think he wanted to be traded.

 9. Arizona Cardinals: Rams exposed O-line, now run game down to third-stringers.

10. Philadelphia Eagles: Vick, Philly fumble away another game with costly turnovers.

11. Pittsburgh Steelers: Good sign to see Mendenhall back and effective (14-81-1 rushing).

12. San Diego Chargers: Combined record of three teams they beat? 3-11.

13. Green Bay Packers: Not hard to pinpoint problems: Pack ranks 21st in total offense.

14. Seattle Seahawks: Is Bruce Irvin this year’s Aldon Smith? Two sacks on 20 snaps.

15. Denver Broncos: Another big game by Peyton wasted by too big of an early deficit.

16. Cincinnati Bengals: Bernard Scott looked explosive before ACL injury.

17. Dallas Cowboys: Ravens defense not a good recipe for bounce-back game for Romo.

18. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford made the best of his seven completions with two TDs.

19. Miami Dolphins: Tannehill had his best completion percentage, passer rating in win.

20. Washington Redskins: RG3 gets the hype, but Alfred Morris third in NFL in rushing.

21. Detroit Lions: Megatron has one TD through four games. Had eight in first four in ’10.

22. New York Jets: Pulled out all the stops vs. Houston, but came up short in spirited effort.

23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: New-look “D” should be salivating for turnover-prone Chiefs.

24. New Orleans Saints: Bright spot outside Brees: pass rush came through in the clutch.

25. Indianapolis Colts: They were America’s Team with Sunday’s emotional, upset win.

26. Buffalo Bills: Bad to worse for Buffalo after allowing 621 yards of offense.

27. Carolina Panthers: Rivera doesn’t want Newton pressing, but pressure is on QB.

28. Kansas City Chiefs: Last in league by a wide margin with a minus-15 turnover margin.

29. Oakland Raiders: Good bye-week news to get WR Darrius Heyward-Bey back.

30. Tennessee Titans: Offense sorely in need of a spark, and pass rush still a nonfactor.

31. Jacksonville Jaguars: Offense is still bad, but defense has taken a big step back.

32. Cleveland Browns: Fans can take solace in big plays by rookies Weeden, Gordon, T-Rich.