Shutdown Corner NFL Power Rankings; a changing of the guard at the top after Week 4

Seattle's Week 4 win was impressive. To pitch a second-half shutout, come back from a 20-3 halftime deficit and beat a very good team like Houston shows the Seahawks can thrive in adverse conditions. It's hard to win a Super Bowl without winning some of those games.

The Broncos are avoiding that situation by blowing everyone out.

It's rare to see a NFL team steamroll through most of its schedule. The 2007 Patriots were the most dominant team of the past 20 years or so, and the Broncos have that same look through the first month. It's not easy to blow out a NFL team, and Denver has done it four times in a row.

That's the reason the Broncos move up one spot to the top of the power rankings this week.

The Broncos' schedule hasn't been too rough so far, but that will be a theme for them this season. Looking at the Broncos schedule, it's very easy to see them going into a game at New England on Nov. 24 still undefeated.

Seattle isn't far behind Denver. If someone can get the Broncos into a competitive game, we'll see if they handle adversity as well as the Seahawks have this season. However, that moment might not happen for a while.

Here are the rest of the power rankings:

32. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-4, last week: 32)
This week they're about a 12-point underdog against St. Louis, which is one of the five worst teams in the NFL. Yep.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-4, LW: 28)
Poor Doug Martin. If anyone in your fantasy league hasn't figured out Martin will be left for dead in that offense, sell. Now. Seriously, quit reading and go make the trade offer. We'll be here when you get back.

30. New York Giants (0-4, LW: 25)
The Jaguars have lost four games by 98 points and everyone is wondering if they'll go 0-16. The Giants have lost four games by 85 points.

29. Pittsburgh Steelers (0-4, LW: 29)
Even the defense has given up. At least rookie running back Le'Veon Bell made his debut and looked like he belongs. That's good because the rebuilding project probably starts now.

28. St. Louis Rams (1-3, LW: 21)
They looked decent in Week 1 and horrible in the three games since. If they look bad against the Jaguars this week, the problems are more significant than we realize.

27. Oakland Raiders (1-3, LW: 30)
Yeah, they made the right call picking Terrelle Pryor over Matt Flynn at the end of the preseason.

26. Washington Redskins (1-3, LW: 26)
When the were trailing 14-0 at Oakland, do you think Daniel Snyder was filling out a pink slip for Mike Shanahan?

25. Philadelphia Eagles (1-3, LW: 20)
The problem isn't that the Broncos torched that bad defense. It's that the offense hasn't done much for two weeks in a row.

24. Arizona Cardinals (2-2, LW: 31)
What on earth was Buccaneers quarterback Mike Glennon doing throwing Patrick Peterson's way late in the fourth quarter? Just don't do it. Bad idea.

23. Minnesota Vikings (1-3, LW: 27)
Well, we got our definitive answer on quarterback Christian Ponder, and got it while he was on the sideline. Mediocre Matt Cassel brought life to the offense, something Ponder hasn't been able to do.

22. Buffalo Bills (2-2, LW: 23)
Good for them to get five interceptions against Baltimore. Not so impressive to be holding on for dear life at home at the end despite getting five interceptions.

21. New York Jets (2-2, LW: 22)
They're not terrible, but they're not winning many road games this season.

20. San Diego Chargers (2-2, LW: 19)
Philip Rivers is back. That makes the Chargers competitive. The defense is still pretty bad, though.

19. Cleveland Browns (2-2, LW: 24)
Maybe they'll jump way up the list in the next few weeks. The defense, tight end Jordan Cameron and receiver Josh Gordon might force it. But I'm still not quite sold.

18. Carolina Panthers (1-2, LW: 18)
They still have a chance to have a really good season. That offer expires immediately if they can't beat Arizona coming off a bye week.

17. Baltimore Ravens (2-2, LW: 16)
When you rank behind the Cardinals in total offense, you have some issues. I don't see those issues getting fixed this season.

16. Tennessee Titans (3-1, LW: 17)
This was the NFL's most underrated team. But, with quarterback Jake Locker out for a while because of a hip injury, you have to assume the Titans take a step back. It's too bad, because it really seemed like the Titans were onto something.

15. Atlanta Falcons (1-3, LW: 9)
They were outclassed at home by a team playing without three of its four or five best skill position players.

14. Dallas Cowboys (2-2, LW: 14)
Seven wins probably are probably good enough to win the NFC East, and the Cowboys might not get more than that.

13. Houston Texans (2-2, LW: 8)
It's amazing how close this team is to being 0-4. The Texans aren't bad. But either quarterback Matt Schaub plays better or they'll struggle to get to the playoffs. And there's no Plan B at quarterback.

12. Miami Dolphins (3-1, LW: 7)
Well, now they've been out-gained in four straight games.

11. Cincinnati Bengals (2-2, LW: 4)
Disappointing game at Cleveland. Still not giving up on this team for the long haul, but their improvement revolves around Andy Dalton getting better, not stagnating.

10. Chicago Bears (3-1, LW: 6)
Keep in mind: Christian Ponder almost led the Vikings to a victory against this Bears defense. And that came at Chicago. That's not a good sign.

9. Indianapolis Colts (3-1, LW: 12)
They handled business at Jacksonville, give them that. Up next is a really interesting home game against Seattle.

8. Detroit Lions (3-1, LW: 15)
If you want to be taken seriously as a contender, beat the Packers at Lambeau this week. That hurdle has to be cleared at some point.

7. Kansas City Chiefs (4-0, LW: 11)
There will come a time when Alex Smith has to win a game for them, but that's a worry for another day. So far, all they've done is win.

6. Green Bay Packers (1-2, LW: 10)
Seems like a weird move up until you realize how many top 10 teams from last week fell flat. However, they better beat the Lions this week or they'll be in a huge hole in the NFC North.

5. San Francisco 49ers (2-2, LW: 13)
They're a little tough to read, but seeing them pound the Rams on the ground and play great defense was a reminder of this team's potential.

4. New England Patriots (4-0, LW: 5)
Losing Vince Wilfork is a major, major blow for a team that has done a great job overcoming its other injuries. Wilfork is impossible to replace.

3. New Orleans Saints (4-0, LW: 3)
If this is how the defense will perform the entire season, the NFC championship probably comes down to whether the title game is in Seattle or New Orleans.

2. Seattle Seahawks (4-0, LW: 1)
It's not your fault. It's not your fault. It's not your fault.

1. Denver Broncos (4-0, LW: 2)
There are people who know football, and then there are those who say Peyton Manning isn't that great and cite his playoff record as proof.

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