There are three teams — Chargers, Seahawks and Broncos — and then everyone else.
We are also witnessing a resurgence of the Patriots, Packers and Cowboys, who appeared to have the worst defense in the league after all those injuries but have managed to keep it together.
The Saints, meanwhile, are imploding in front of our very eyes.
Here are this weeks power ratings. Agree or disagree with the rankings? Let him know on twitter @ngreenberg.
1. San Diego Chargers (4-1), Last week’s ranking: 1
How do you spell Philip Rivers? M-V-P. He decimated the Jets defense int he first half (14 for 19 for 244 yards and two touchdowns) and ended with three scores on the night.
2. Seattle Seahawks (3-1), Last week’s ranking: 2
Russell Wilson can no longer be called a “game manager.” He rushed for 122 yards (80 in the first half) and a touchdown plus threw for 201 more yards and two scores. If Percy Harvin didn’t have three (!) touchdowns called back because of penalties, this would have been the blowout everyone expected. Plus, Wilson makes throws that leave you shaking your head.
3. Denver Broncos (3-1), Last week’s ranking: 5
Demaryius Thomas is back, catching a career-high 226 yards — the most in franchise history and more than any receiver has produced in a single game this season.
4. Indianapolis Colts (3-2), Last week’s ranking: 8
Andrew Luck gets all the press, but don’t overlook outside linebacker Bjoern Werner on the pass rush. He has two sacks, one hit and nine hurries this seasons. Plus, he lines up on both sides of the field.
5. Green Bay Packers (3-2), Last week’s ranking: 13
Aaron Rodgers threw for 156 yards and had three touchdowns against Minnesota, but even more importantly, Eddie Lacy is back to being a driving force on offense.
6. New York Giants (3-2), Last week’s ranking: 6
Rashad Jennings, the Giants main running threat, left the game in the third quarter with a knee injury, but Andre Williams provides more power in the backfield. He has five broken tackles on 54 carries and has yet to allow pressure on the quarterback in 10 passing snaps.
7. Baltimore Ravens (3-2), Last week’s ranking: 3
Keep an eye on inside linebacker C.J. Mosley. He has been credited with 17 run stops (second most among inside linebackers) and is emerging as a defensive rookie of the year candidate.
8. Buffalo Bills (3-2), Last week’s ranking: 17
A win put them in a tie for first in the AFC East and their defense is one of the best in the league. According to the game charters at Pro Football Focus, the Bills have the eighth best run stopping unit in the league.
Why the big jump?
The Bills nabbed a victory over Detroit, who allows the fewest number of yards per drive (23.9) and third fewest points (1.3) and overall one of the best defenses in the league.
9. Cincinnati Bengals (3-1), Last week’s ranking: 4
The Bengals will need to learn how to stop opposing rushers if they want to remain in the top 10. Coming into this game, they were ranked dead last in Football Outsiders’ DVOA metric against the run.
10. New England Patriots (3-2), Last week’s ranking: 26
Tom Brady is back, thanks to a rejuvenated running game. On to Buffalo.
Why the jump?
The Patriots had a big win over Cincinnati, who was 3-0 going into that game and has been prolific on both sides of the ball (top three for net yards passing and allowed plus allowing just 1.5 points per drive for the opposition). And now New England’s running game is starting to show some life.
11. Dallas Cowboys (4-1), Last week’s ranking: 9
Dez Bryant made a one-handed catch with a defender all over him, putting Dallas in field-goal range for the win. It was a much needed catch for the Cowboys, who had five passes deflected during the game.
12. Arizona Cardinals (3-1), Last week’s ranking: 7
They may be without quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton, which means rookie Logan Thomas could get the start. Thomas was 1-for-8 for 81 yards and a touchdown in relief duty on Sunday.
13. Kansas City Chiefs (2-3), Last week’s ranking: 10
It appeared Andy Reid out-coached himself. Despite running back Jamaal Charles averaging 5.3 yards per carry (2.7 yards after contact), Reid kept calling for passing plays on third and one, converting on just six of 11 first down attempts.
14. Miami Dolphins (2-2), Last week’s ranking: 22
Why the jump?
Although they were idle, their win over New England in Week 1 looks better in light of the Patriots’ recent performance, and their defense is still allowing the fewest net passing yards in the league (5.3).
15. Atlanta Falcons (2-3), Last week’s ranking: 12
The Falcons, who have the fifth worst run blocking unit in the league, keep losing offensive lineman. That’s not going to get wins on the board.
16. Detroit Lions (3-2), Last week’s ranking: 19
Matt Stafford had a 39.6 passer rating and took six sacks when the Bills applied pressure on Sunday. When they didn’t bring the rush he was just OK, with 216 yards, a touchdown and interception on 26 attempts.
17. Philadelphia Eagles (4-1), Last week’s ranking: 15
Credit the Eagles defense for keeping up the charade they are an elite team. They have five return touchdowns in the past two weeks and are providing the points while Nick Foles and company figure out how to get back on track (1.7 points per drive).
18. San Francisco 49ers (3-2), Last week’s ranking: 14
There are reports Coach Jim Harbaugh won’t be with the team next season, but 49ers cheif executive Jed York gave him a vote of confidence on Twitter so everything should be fine. Meanwhile, the offense is sputtering, averaging just 5.4 yards per play.
19. Houston Texans (3-2), Last week’s ranking: 16
Arian Foster returned to form for the Texans running game, averaging 6.8 yards per carry and almost four of those yards (3.8) coming after contact. He also had two touchdowns and juked his way to four missed tackles.
20. Cleveland Browns (2-2), Last week’s ranking: 11
The squeaked by Tennessee 29-28 but needed 26 unanswered points to do it.
21. Chicago Bears (2-3), Last week’s ranking: 20
Something is wrong with Jay Cutler. He has not been accurate or productive in the middle of the field and is a big reason why the Bears had three points in the second half this past Sunday.
22. Washington Redskins (1-4), Last week’s ranking: 27
Kirk Cousins has found a way to maximize wide receiver DeSean Jackson. In the Monday night loss to Seattle, those two hooked up for receptions of 60 and 57 yards and gave a blueprint of how to beat the Legion of Boom downfield.
23. New Orleans Saints (2-3), Last week’s ranking: 18
It wasn’t pretty, but the Saints overcame Drew Brees turning the ball over three times to pull out an overtime victory.
24. Tennessee Titans (1-4), Last week’s ranking: 23
Backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst threw a pair of touchdowns on his first three passes, but the backup looked lost in the second half.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers (3-2), Last week’s ranking: 21
Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau is now 18-2 when facing a rookie quarterback, and his defensive unit held Blake Bortles to just 2.8 adjusted yards per passing attempt.
26. Minnesota Vikings (2-3), Last week’s ranking: 24
The Vikings were able to get the running game going against Green bay (4.4 yards per carry) but kept finding themselves trailing and elected to go to the passing game. They ended up losing 24-20.
27. Carolina Panthers (3-2), Last week’s ranking: 25
Cam Newton looks better every week, and the game charters at Pro Football Focus have noticed, giving him ratings of 0.4, 1.7, 2.1 and 5.4 over his first four games.
28. New York Jets (1-4), Last week’s ranking: 28
Until the Jets find an answer at quarterback, this team is going nowhere fast.
29. Oakland Raiders (0-4), Last week’s ranking: 29
30. St. Louis Rams (1-3), Last week’s ranking: 31
They have an average starting position of their own 23-yard line on offense (fourth worst) and their opponents score the ninth most points per drive (2.2) when they have the ball. Not a recipe for success.
31. Jacksonville Jaguars (0-5), Last week’s ranking: 32
The Jaguars defense pressured Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger eight times and got four sacks. That’s a bright spot in an otherwise dismal, winless season.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-4), Last week’s ranking: 30
The Buccaneers, who yield the second most points per drive to their opponents (2.54), only narrowly lost to the Saints, who yield the most (2.56).