NFL Power Rankings 2021: Top 10 teams ahead of Week 4

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After three weeks, some new teams entered the top 10 after huge wins.

Both the Packers and Chargers pulled off incredible road wins and are now among the best teams in the league. Led by second-year quarterback Justin Herbert, the Chargers came away with a 30-24 victory over Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs. Herbert completed 26 of 38 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold passes against the Baltimore Ravens during the first half of a preseason NFL football game Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021, in Charlotte, North Carolina. (AP Photo/Jacob Kupferman)

Record: 3-0

Week 3 result: 24-9 win over Texans

Outlook: It wasn’t pretty, but the Panthers got the job done last Thursday night against the Texans. Sam Darnold threw for 304 yards and had two rushing scores. And Carolina’s top-ranked defense sacked Texans rookie QB Davis Mills four times and held him to 168 yards passing. The Panthers will head to Dallas to face the Cowboys next.

9. Las Vegas Raiders

 Las Vegas Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson (2) against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium, Sept. 13, 2021, in Paradise, Nevada.
(Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

Record: 3-0

Week 3 result: 31-28 win over Dolphins

Outlook: The Raiders are off to their best start since 2002, and they are the first team to open 3-0 against teams that all won 10 or more games the previous year. Las Vegas will face Justin Herbert and the Chargers on Monday Night Football in Week 4.

8. Baltimore Ravens

Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker celebrates after kicking a 66-yard field goal in the second half of an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Baltimore won 19-17. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
((AP Photo/Duane Burleson))

Record: 2-1

Week 3 result: 19-17 win over Lions

Outlook: The Ravens dropped a few spots in this week’s rankings because it took a Justin Tucker record-breaking 66-yard field goal as time expired for them to steal a win in Detroit. But hey, a win is a win. Baltimore travels to Denver to take on the undefeated Broncos in Week 4.

7. Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield throws during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Cleveland.
(AP Photo/David Richard)

Record: 2-1

Week 3 result: 26-6 win over Bears

Outlook: The Browns were on cruise control against the Bears in Week 3. Myles Garrett piled up a franchise-record 4.5 sacks to lead a defense that had nine sacks overall of Bears rookie QB Justin Fields. Cleveland held Chicago to only 47 yards and six first downs. Next up, the Browns will face the Vikings in Minnesota.

6. Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) runs off the field following an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Kansas City, Missouri. Los Angeles won 30-24. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
(AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Record: 2-1

Week 3 result: 30-24 win over Chiefs

Outlook: Justin Herbert is proving more and more that he is on the path to becoming a superstar at the position. He threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns to help the Chargers beat the Chiefs in Kansas City. Next up is another AFC West showdown, but this time against the Raiders.

5. Buffalo Bills

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen (17) raises his arms at the end of an NFL football game against the Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 35-0. (AP Photo/Hans Deryk)
((AP Photo/Hans Deryk))

Record: 2-1

Week 3 result: 43-21 win over Washington

Outlook: Bills quarterback Josh Allen looked a lot like his old self in the dominating win over Washington. He completed 32 of 43 passes for 358 yards and had five total touchdowns. Through three weeks, Buffalo looks like the frontrunner to once again win the AFC East. The Bills will face the Texans next.

4.  Green Bay Packers

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) smiles before an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
(AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps, File)

Record: 2-1

Week 3 result: 30-28 win over 49ers

Outlook: After a brutal season-opening loss to the Saints, the Packers have rolled off two wins in a row. Aaron Rodgers and the Packers will look to make it three straight when they host the Steelers at Lambeau Field in Week 4.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady throws a pass against the Houston Texans during the first half of an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021, in Houston.
((AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith))

Record: 2-1

Week 3 result: 34-24 loss to Rams

Outlook: The Bucs had their first setback of the season against the Rams in Los Angeles. Tom Brady, who threw for 432 yards and score, was likely already looking ahead to the team’s Sunday night matchup against the Patriots, in what will be his return to Foxboro.

2. Arizona Cardinals

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy (7) celebrates his touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars on an intercepted pass during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Jacksonville, Florida.
((AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack))

Record: 3-0

Week 3 result: 31-19 win over Jaguars

Outlook: Cardinals cornerback Byron Murphy intercepted Jags rookie QB Trevor Lawrence twice, one of which was returned for a touchdown. With the win, Arizona improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2015. A matchup with the Rams comes next.

1. Los Angeles Rams

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford throws a pass during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Inglewood, California. 
(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Record: 3-0

Week 3 result: 34-24 win over Buccaneers

Outlook: Matthew Stafford and the Rams rolled to a double-digit victory over the defending Super Bowl champs and claimed the top spot in this week’s rankings. The Georgia product completed 27 of 38 passes for 343 yards and four touchdowns. Next up, an NFC West showdown with the Cardinals.

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