In this weekly feature, we’ll highlight a trio of teams trending up or downward in our NFL power rankings. For reference, these Week 4 power rankings aren’t predicated around futures markets, despite the possibility there might be value available. Instead, they’re evaluating a team’s outlook on a week-by-week basis. The ranks are a composite of eight staff members — in the order of which team they would have favored on a neutral field this week.
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No. 3 Philadelphia Eagles ()
Unsurprisingly, the Eagles are rising across a fair share of Week 4 power rankings — three spots in ours to be exact — in large part because of the refinement of third-year QB Jalen Hurts and their defense, respectively.
Albeit a three-game sample size, Hurts has manufactured the league’s sixth-highest Dropback EPA. He ranks behind only Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Tua Tagovailoa, Josh Allen, and Trevor Lawrence. As a result, Hurts’ longest NFL MVP odds on the board are .
On the flip side of the ball, Philadelphia is tied with the Buccaneers for the third fewest Yards Per Play (YPP) allowed. The addition of cornerback James Bradberry and safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson have paid dividends — and then some.
With that being said, we’ve yet to see Hurts & Co. face a negative game script. No matter how dominant a team may appear, it’s bound to ensue at some point. Believe it or not, the ultimate sell-high spot may come in Week 9 at the Texans, but the betting market could dictate otherwise.
Week 4 Spread: Eagles
- Who’s highest on the Eagles? Matt Brown (No. 1)
- Who’s lowest on the Eagles? Brett Gibbons (No. 5)
No. 8 Miami Dolphins ()
Similar to the Eagles, the Dolphins have made their way up TheLines’ ratings every week. These Week 4 power rankings are no exception, as they’ve climbed another three steps after their upset victory against the Bills.
Still, Miami’s defense was on the field for 91 plays in nearly 90-degree heat on Sunday. The Bengals’ uptempo offense looked back on track in their win over the Jets, too. Therefore, the market movement on Cincinnati — after opening as a 2.5-point favorite — is likely justified.
Week 4 Spread: Dolphins
- Who’s highest on the Dolphins? Mo Nuwwarah (No. 6)
- Who’s lowest on the Dolphins? Eli Hershkovich (No. 11)
No. 17 Detroit Lions ()
As dominant as Detroit’s offensive line has performed through their first three games, cornerback Jeff Okudah may stand out even more. He’s surrendered a combined five catches for 36 yards to the likes of DeVonta Smith, Terry McLaurin and Justin Jefferson.
Week 4 Spread: Lions
- Who’s highest on the Lions? Nate Weitzer (No. 16)
- Who’s lowest on the Lions? Brett Collson and Brett Gibbons (No. 20)